Thematic workshop on criminal justice

Nov 20, 2015

Co-chairs at the third thematic workshop of the Legal and Institutional Sub-Sector Working Group. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Governance Unit

Within the Governance Sector Working Group as part of the Round Table Process, the Legal and Institutional Sub-Sector Working Group organises annual thematic workshops with the primary objectives of bringing together all key stakeholders and discussing overarching topics relevant for the legal sector in Lao PDR. On 20 November 2015, the third thematic workshop this year was organised by the Legal and Institutional Sub-Sector Working Group, co-chaired by H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisack, Vice Minister of Justice, Ms. Audrey Maillot, EU Cooperation Attaché, and Ms. Sudha Gooty, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative.

This workshop took stock of the progress made in developing the penal code since the last thematic workshop on the same subject exactly a year ago. Amongst others, main changes in the latest draft include increased fines, expanded definitions, and new offences against life, health, and honour of a person.

Participants thanked the Government for making this drafting process so inclusive and participatory from the beginning. In order to continue with this trend, Mr. Inthapanya Khieovongpachanh, a resource person for this workshop and a lead member of the drafting committee, mentioned that after further revision, the latest draft will be uploaded to the official gazette website again for comments from the general public.

The draft penal code is expected to be adopted in 2016.


Mr. Kaz Fukuda, Programme Specialist, Governance Unit, Email:, Office: +856 (0) 21 267 722+856 (0) 21 267 722, Mobile: +856 (0) 20 5858-9129+856 (0) 20 5858-9129

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