Sweden assists law and gender training in HCM City

A modern library is to open at the Law University in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18 as part of the a project to strengthen legal education in Vietnam funded by Sweden.

The library is the second of its kind supported by Sweden, following the first one opened at the Hanoi Law University in 2007. The “Strengthening Legal Education in Vietnam” project started in 1998.

Its third phase, lasting from 2005-2009 with a total fund of 8 million USD, aims to improve capacity for law lecturers through programmes to train masters and doctors of law, to develop library systems at the national major law schools, and intensify international cooperation in legal training. According to the Swedish Embassy, the library will provide law students with better access to the world’s professional documents and books, thus helping improve Vietnam’s law training.

Swedish Ambassador Rolf Bergman said “Professional and well-educated lawyers are vital part of the democratic development and the promotion of rule of law that Vietnam is undertaking today. This is also in line with Sweden’s development support to Vietnam.”

The opening of the library in HCM City coincides with the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Sweden. Also within the project, a workshop on gender equality is to take place at the HCM City Law University on April 18. Participants will discuss how to ensure gender equality in law making and law enforcement.

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