Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao runs for re-election to International Law Commission

Viet Nam's permanent missions to the United Nations (UN) in New York and Geneva have recently sent diplomatic notes to the UN and countries informing the candidacy of Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure, marking the official start of the Vietnamese candidate's campaign for re-election to the UN’s important law organ.
Vietnamese ambassador runs for re-election to International Law Commission
Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao.

In 2016, Ambassador Thao became the first Viet Namese to be elected as an ILC member. During the 2017-2022 tenure, he actively promoted ILC’s research results, delivered speeches and joined discussions at the ILC.

He also helped express developing nations’ interest in new and non-traditional topics, and actively joined in discussions on topics such as protection of the atmosphere and environmental protection in armed conflicts. Most notably, he strongly supported the ILC’s research on rising seawater levels and the addition of the issue to the committee's long-term working agenda.

With in-depth knowledge about laws on the sea and the environment, he made significant contributions to the first report of the research group on rising sea levels in relation to international law last year.

Apart from valuable professional contributions, Thao also played a role in fostering connections and ties among ILC members to promote exchange between legal researchers and practitioners of international law at home and abroad. He was also speaker at many universities and prestigious seminars in the region. In 2018, he was elected as the Second Vice Chairman of the ILC on the occasion of its 70th founding anniversary.

With a dedication to the progress of international law, he was nominated for a seat at the ILC for the 2023-2027 tenure, becoming one of the 10 candidates of the Asia-Pacific. The ILC election will take place in New York in November 2021.

Ambassador Thao is a senior Viet Namese diplomat with 40 years of experience. He earned a doctorate degree in law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and is now also teaching international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam.

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(Source: VNA)