MCG has closed the Technical Review for the Component 2 – Support to the Vietnam Bar Federation of The Justice Partnership Programme (JPP) last week. The team of three consultants including one Senior Legal Adviser from Networking Consultants Klosterstræde (Denmark) carried out the mission from January 21 – March 18, 2013.
The JPP is the result of a decision of the European Commission (EC), Sweden, and Denmark to harmonize their efforts to support justice sector reforms in Vietnam. The JPP addresses challenges in strengthening laws and policies by supporting the implementation of Vietnam’s Judicial Reform Strategy. The programme’s overall objective is to develop a capable, ethical, democratic and rights-protecting justice sector. The VBF, under the Component II: Support to the Vietnam Bar Federation, was established in 2009 pursuant to the Law on Lawyers, as the national association of lawyers. As a newly established social professional association the VBF has been focused on developing itself to fulfil its broad mandate as the unified social-professional organization of lawyers nationwide representing and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of lawyers and bar associations as its members; exercising self-management; setting standards for lawyers; developing skills and ethics of lawyers to meet the needs of society; contribute to the development of Vietnam. All lawyers in Vietnam (approx. 7,000) and the 62 local bar associations are members of the VBF.
Technical Review team assessed the current institutional capacity of the VBF to fulfil its mandate with respect to effectively manage the operations of the VBF. Areas requiring further improvement was identified and recommendations provided. The final report of the Technical Review was discussed and approved by the Denmark Embassy and the JPP’s stakeholders by end of April 2013.