Government and development partners discuss plans for a legal sector training institute

Oct 28, 2013

Vientiane, 28th October 2013 – The establishment of a new legal training institute for legal and judicial professionals was the key theme at today’s workshop on human resources capacity development in the legal sector.
The government and its development partners gathered at the National Convention Center for an annual Legal and Institutional Oversight sub-sector working group to discuss the development of legal and judicial professions in Laos. At the meeting the Government presented their plan for establishing this national judicial training institute, due to be established in late 2014.

The workshop was co-chaired by H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisack, Vice Minister of Justice, Ms. Melanie Bride, Cooperation Attaché, EU Delegation to Laos, and Ms. Sudha Gooty, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP.

Prof. Kiettisack highlighted the need for further support from development partners in successful establishment of a judicial training institute. Referring to the legal basis for establishing this judicial training institute, he also stated that “I would like to reiterate our strong commitment to advancing our agenda in the judicial sector regardless of the level of a legal basis for establishing a training institute.  This is a critical work that must be done as soon as possible.”

Speaking at the workshop, Ms. Gooty stressed the importance of coordination among all stakeholders: “This is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our commitment to pursuing the spirit of Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness as well as our strong coordination in the legal sector.”

Ms. Bride spoke of the importance of developing the judicial professions in the spirit of further strengthening the rule of law in Lao PDR as she underlined the European Union's strong commitment to further support in this area.

A need for establishing a unified training institute for legal and judicial professionals has been acknowledged by the Government. The training institute would support the development of young professionals to become judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. If successfully established, it is going to be the first unified training facility to study all relevant legal subjects and to take part in a systematic training program. A request submitted by the Minister of Justice Dr. Chaleune Yiapaoheu to the Government’s Office on adopting a draft decree on the national training institute in March 2013 is currently pending approval.

The Legal and Institutional Oversight Sub-Sector Working Group (LIO SSWG) is one of the sub-sector working groups under the Governance Sector working group. The purpose of the sub-sector working group, who meet once a year, is to bring together a wide range of stakeholders from the Government, development partners and civil society organizations among others to discuss the key issues in the legal sector.

Contact informationAroune Naruphay, Tel: 021-416-443/020-5563-9810

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