|Viet Nam's Ambassador to Kuwait Nguyen Hong Thao has been nominated to a post in the International Law Commission, a prestigious global legal forum in charge of compiling international treaties. — VNA/VNS Photo
GENEVA (VNS) — Viet Nam has nominated a candidate for a post in the International Law Commission (ILC) for the first time.
The ILC is a prestigious global legal forum that compiles international treaties, such as the 1958 Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The country launched a campaign in February 2016 for the election of Associate Professor and Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao to the post.
Earlier, the Vietnamese delegation to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva sent a diplomatic note to introduce Thao to the delegations from other countries.
Ambassador Thao is an expert in international law. He has been deputy head of the National Border Committee, head of the negotiation teams on border agreements with neighbouring countries, and a legal advisor to the drafting process of the 2012 maritime law.
He boasts 40 years of experience in the diplomatic field, and was the Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia in the 2011-2014 period. He is currently Viet Nam's ambassador to Kuwait.
The nomination of Ambassador Thao to the ILC demonstrates Viet Nam's wish to contribute to the development of international law and its codification, as well as promote the country's integration policy.
Established in 1947, the ILC is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly, with 34 current members.
Members of the commission are elected every five years, with the upcoming election scheduled to take place at the United Nations General Assembly in late 2016. — VNS