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Ministry of Justice Welcomes Increased Support to Legal Sector from Luxembourg

While receiving Mr Claude Jentgen, Charge d’Affaires of Luxembourg, and a delegation from the University of Luxembourg, the Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA), and LuxDev in Vientiane on 25 May, Minister of Justice Mr Xaysi Santivong thanked Luxembourg for its continued and increasing support to the governance sector in Laos.

Assistance from Luxembourg to Laos has grown substantially through recent cooperation agreements. The University of Luxembourg and the National University of Laos signed an MoU in 2016 to increase cooperation in the field of legal research.

Under this agreement, a PhD graduate from the University of Luxembourg, in partnership with ILSTA, is in residence at Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) for a year to work with local lecturers on developing research capacities within the faculty.

Prof. Stefan Braum, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg, and six PhD students on a first research exchange visit, delivered a series of workshops over three days to lecturers and students at FLP on enhancing research methodology.

I believe this initial research exchange visit was a great success and we look forward to increased cooperation between our two faculties in the field of legal research. In fact, with this in mind, we would like to bring a number of Lao lecturers to our Faculty in Luxembourg next year to deepen their experience and further enhance their research skills, said Professor Braum.

Under the Laos-Luxembourg Indicative Cooperation Programme 2015-2020, ILSTA, a partner organisation for Luxembourg’s development cooperation, is delivering specialised training modules to prosecutors, the judiciary and law enforcement officials throughout the country.

ILSTA and the Office of Supreme People’s Prosecutor (OSPP) are conducting workshops on combating human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and money laundering, as well as other types of organised crime in provinces nationwide over the coming months.

In November 2016, ILSTA and OSPP hosted an inaugural national capacity building conference, which brought together the judiciary, prosecutors and law enforcement officials from all 17 provinces of Laos. Planning is already underway for the 2017 conference, which will be a platform for further enhancing coordination between national institutions in the legal sector, with a particular focus on combating organised crime.

Minister Santivong was pleased to welcome the new LuxDev 5 million Euro project LAO/031 “Support Programme for Legal Teaching and Training and to the Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept in Laos”, which is being launched this month and will be jointly implemented by LuxDev – Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency – and ILSTA over the coming five years.

The programme will support the Faculty of Law and Political Science in improving curricula and teaching methodology, as well as further supporting key ministries and educational institutes in the legal sector.

Source: Lao News Agency