The People’s Supreme Court and Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) brought together some 30 senior legal experts from the People’s Supreme Court, Law Committee of National Assembly, Ministry of Justice, State Inspection Authority, People’s Supreme Prosecutor, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences as well as ILSTA to discuss the draft National Assembly Standing Committee’s Resolution on Administrative Case Procedure in Vientiane Province.
The workshop, funded by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance, was co-chaired by H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisack, Senior Legal Expert and Vice Minister of Justice and Mr Richard Philippart ILSTA President and aims to finalize the draft resolution before being submitted for debate during the next session of the National Assembly. Work on the resolution has involved several previous consultations as well as study tours to Vietnam, Thailand and France.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop Prof. Ket Kiettisack said, “The Resolution is a milestone in the development of the legal sector in Laos. This resolution will be a significant tool to protect the rights and interests of all citizens and the State. The 10th Party Congress’s Resolution clearly determines that Laos is striving to achieve the Rule of Law goal and that Administrative Courts should be established within the People’s Court system.”
During the workshop, participants learned of European experiences and perspectives on administrative procedure cases and administrative law, as well as looking at the experience from neighbouring countries. Participants then discussed and provided further input on the current draft Resolution.
The draft resolution, if adopted, will provide a means for addressing administrative disputes between administrative agencies and the general public; between state organisations; and between administrative agencies and civil servants as well as other non-state organisations.