Ministry of Justice goes digital and strives for more inclusive participation in law-making

Nov 27, 2015

H.E. Mr. Somdy Douangdy (Minister of Planning and Investment), Mr. Haoliang Xu (UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific), H.E. Dr. Seumsouk Simphavong (Vice Minister of Justice) and H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisack (Vice Minister of Justice) at the website launch. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Governance unit

At the occasion of the Development Cooperation Exhibition, a side event for the High Level Round Table Meeting, H.E. Dr. Seumsouk Simphavong, Vice Minister of Justice, launched the Ministry’s first-ever website and law-making baseline report together with Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

The Ministry of Justice website will serve as a one-stop website that provides all relevant legal information for a wide range of stakeholders from legal practitioners to the general public. Examples of the information that one can obtain from this website include information on legal aid, all Lao laws, international treaties that Lao PDR is party to, and information related to accessing justice delivery institutions.

The baseline study is one of the very first in the field of law-making and provides a detailed status quo of law-making practices in Lao PDR. The findings of the study will be used to fine-tune the law-making process and explore options to further improve inclusive participation and help in making more pragmatic laws.

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

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