National Scientific Conference "Finalizing the Legal Framework for Covid-19 Prevention and Countermeasure in Vietnam"

(VLU - Jan 21, 2021)On January 21, 2021, Van Lang University collaborated with the Journal of Democracy and Law – Ministry of Justice to organize the National Scientific Seminar "Finalizing the legal framework for Covid-19 prevention and countermeasure in Vietnam". The specialized seminar welcomed nearly 100 delegates from many ministries, departments, regions, lecturers, and experts from 22 universities and institutes across the country.

The workshop consisted of two sessions, including the six speakers' reports and recommendations to finalize the legal framework in Covid-19 prevention and control in the fields of administration, civil and criminal law.

In the first session, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thi Que Anh – Dean of VNU's Faculty of Law, gave the presentation "Finalizing the laws for the state of emergency in Vietnam in response to the pandemic." Her speech depicted the analysis for the legal aspects related to the state of emergency and execution issues of emergency measures, which helped improve Vietnam's legal framework in response to Covid-19.

vlu national scientific conference aThe administrators of the first session (from left to right): Dr. Tran Van Dat – Acting Director-General of MOET's Legal Department; Dr. Dang Vu Huan – Editor-in-chief of Ministry of Justice's Journal of Democracy and Laws; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Que Anh – Dean of VNU's Faculty of Law; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Anh Thuy – Dean of VLU's Faculty of Law.

In the report of Dr. Vu Thi Huy – Head of Criminal Law Division of VLU's Faculty of Law, she analyzed the legal basis of human-to-human deadly diseases spreading crime and carried out a practical comparison with the Chinese and Russian Laws during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

She proposed to transfer "human-to-human deadly disease spreading crime" (Article 240 of the 2015 Penal Code with amendments in 2017) to Article 316a of Section 3 (Other public safety threatening crimes) in Chapter XXI (Public safety and order threatening crimes) of the 2015 Penal Code with amendments and additions in 2017. Also, Dr. Vu Thi Thuy raised the necessity to add the business entity as the leading cause of human-to-human deadly disease spreading crime.

In the first session, Maj.Gen. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Xuan Tuy – President of the People's Security University, highly appreciated the seminar's goals to provide the awareness and orientation to finalize the legal framework in Covid-19 preventions and countermeasures in Vietnam. Continuing from Dr. Tuy's speech, Dr. Tran Van Dat – Acting Director-General of MOET's Legal Department, proposed simplifying the process to promulgate legal documents to cope with urgent demands of the Covid-19 pandemic.

vlu national scientific conference bMaj.Gen. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Xuan Tuy discussed in the first session

In the second session, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Quang – Head of Hanoi Law University's International Cooperation Department, reported on "Finalizing the law on coercive administrative measures of COVID-19 preventions and countermeasures in Vietnam". He also proposed to amend and supplement the Decree with the ideas to regulate all particular administrative violations in the healthcare sector to assure transparency, avoid negative reactions of the accused subjects, and arbitrarily apply.

In the same session, Dr. Nguyen Duc Chinh – Former Deputy Minister of Justice, Former Member of the Central Judicial Reform Steering Committee, assumed that the sudden Covid-19 outbreak had strongly influenced all Vietnamese citizens. Therefore, the legal framework must prioritize the health and being of all the people.

vlu national scientific conference cVLU's administrators gifted the event's administrators with beautiful bouquets

As the summary, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Anh Thuy – Dean of VLU's Faculty of Law, Standing Member of the Seminar Organizing Committee, concluded that the event had attracted the attention of leaders, experts, and scientists from many ministries, branches, areas, and 22 universities, and institutes across the country. Fifty-six practical and theoretical research studies will be selected, appraised, and printed in the Proceeding published by HCMC VNU's Publishing House. 

Selected research studies, which passed the committee review, would be published in the Journal of Democracy and Laws. The organizing committee would screen and forward suitable speakers' recommendations to relevant State authorities for research and implementation.

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Ms. Tran Dieu Thuy, Faculty of Law
Photographer: Dang Anh, Tran Thinh
Translated by: Pham Vu Thien An

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