|Ambassador Nguyễn Hồng Thao. — Photo: baodautu.vn|Viet Nam News
NEW YORK — Vietnamese Ambassador to Kuwait Nguyễn Hồng Thao was elected Second Vice Chairman of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) at the commission’s 70th session in New York, the US.
The ICL’s 70th session runs in the UN headquarters from April 30 to June 1, and will continue from July 3 to August 10 in Geneva, Switzerland.
During the session, the commission will discuss a number of current issues of international law, including the application and interpretation of international treaties, the identification of customary international law, the protection of the atmosphere and the protection of the environment in armed conflicts, among other issues.
During discussions, the Vietnamese delegation has proposed the establishment of international regulations on the basis of respecting the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states as well as human rights and sustainable development.
Ambassador Thao, an international legal expert, became a member of the ILC in November 2016.
He was 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 Việt Nam’s 2012 Law of the Sea.
From 2011 to 2014, he was the Vietnamese ambassador to Malaysia. He has been Việt Nam’s ambassador to Kuwait since 2014.
ILC, the UN’s subsidiary organ established in 1947, is in charge of compiling international treaties, drafting international conventions and studying major issues related to international law. It has 34 members, elected once every five years. — VNS