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Project Activities in Phase II (2005 - 2008)
 

Project Activities 2008
January
  • Annual Review Meeting for the period March –December 2007 of the International Law Project Phase II.

February
 
  • Preparations for advertising the project positions: an international law consultant and a national technical adviser;

  • Seminar on international law for the Police Academy . 70 participants.

 
March
 
  • Joined the NA Project in the organization of workshop on international law, treaties under consideration by the Lao PDR and the draft Ordinance on Treaty Making and Implementation in the Lao PDR. 40 participants;

  • Seminar on international law for the authorities of Luangprabang provincial administration. 70 participants;

  • Lecture on international law and mobile library at the Law College in Luangprabang. 200 law students attended;

  • Recruited a National Technical Adviser to assist the ICESCR reporting, among other tasks.

 
April
 
  • Seminar on international law for the authorities of Champassack provincial administration. 70 participants;

  • Lecture on international law and mobile library at the Faculty of Law, Champassack University. 100 law students attended;

  • 16 Lao officials from different ministries and institutions received support to participate in a 5 week training course on international law and English at Chiang Mai University (CMU);

  • 2 officials of MoFA went on a human rights study tour to the Republic of Korea;

  • One official of MoFA was supported to attend a 3 month human rights internship with the Lao Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva;

 
May
 
  • Recruited an International Consultant on cultural heritage consultancy

  • Together with the Ministry of Information and Culture organized an introduction workshop on selected convention s in the field of cultural heritage. 90 participants;

  • Together with the MIC organized a follow up workshop on the implementation of the cultural heritage conventions . 60 participants.

 
June
 
  • Final output of the International Consultant on cultural heritage conventions;
  • Workshop on the UN Treaty Event 2008. 12 Conventions were studied and discussed. 40 participants;

  • Recruited an International Law Consultant, one of whose main tasks was to assist the formulation of the International Law Project Phase III;

  • Brainstorming workshop on the formulation of the International Law Project Phase III. 65 representatives from government ministries, legal sector institutions, mass and civil society organizations and academies attended;

  • Separate meetings with the most relevant ministries, institutions were held following the brainstorming session.

 
July
 
  • Brainstorming workshop on the formulation of the International Law Project Phase III. 30 participants from all provinces and Vientiane capital attended;

  • Evaluation workshop and debriefing on the CMU training 2008;

  • Separate meetings with the most relevant ministries, institutions (continued).

 
August
 
  • Workshop to introduce and comment on the first draft Project Document of the International Law Project Phase III. 30 participants;

  • Provided technical inputs to the human rights summer course organized by the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, National University of Laos.

  • Together with the Lao Front for National Construction and the UNDP CO organized workshop on ethnic groups in the Lao PDR to mark the International Day of World’s Indigenous People. 120 participants;

  • Workshop on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Reporting under the Covenant. 80 participants.

 
September
 
  • Workshop on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 60 participants,

  • Together with the State Inspection Authority ( SIA) and the UNDP CO organized workshop on the UN Convention Against Corrupt ion and Launch of the Regional Human Development Report: Tackling corruption, transforming lives. 110 participants.

 
October
 
  • Lectures on international law and human rights for the first Master’s Programme of the Police Academy. 16 Master students - police officers;

  • Finalization of the draft of Project Document, Phase III;

  • Consultations on the draft Prodoc with UNDP, Finland, EC, UN agencies and other international development partners;

  • A follow up workshop on ICCPR. 60 participants;

  • Supported one official from the Project (the Assistant Project Manager) to serve as an intern with the Lao Permanent Mission to the UN in New York;

  • Supported one representative from the SIA to attend the Regional Training Workshop on UNCAC in Bangkok. during the 63rd session of UNGA.

 
November
 
  • In collaboration with Vientiane College organized a 4 week intensive training course in international law and English. 2 6 participants;

  • Provincial workshop on human rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Vangvieng. Representatives from all relevant provincial departments of Vientiane capital, Borikhamxay, Xiengkuang, Huapan and Vientiane provinces attended. 100 participants;

  • Provincial workshop on human rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Thakhek. Representatives from all relevant provincial departments of Khammuane, Savannaket, Champassack, Saravan, Attapeu and Xekong provinces attended. 110 participants.

  • Provincial workshop on human rights on the occasion of the 60 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Luangprabang. Representatives from all relevant provincial departments of Luangprabang, Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Borkeo, Luangnamtha and Phongsaly provinces attended. The 26 trainees of the Vientiane College course also attended. 130 participants;

  • Supported one Lao official to attend the meeting on the Palermo Convention and Protocols in Vienna;

  • Supported one Lao official to attend the annual session of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court;

  • Supported the meeting of the National Steering Committee t o consider the draft 6th and 7th combined ICERD report of the Lao PDR.

 
December
 
  • Supported the SIA in the organization of an Anti-Corruption Walk and other related activities to mark the International Anti Corruption Day. 1,000 participants;

  • Supported the Lao Government in collaboration with the UN Country Team to organize the official commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948-10 December 2008). 1,300 participants;

  • Symposium on human rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 125 participants;

  • Art competition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

  • Cultural performance and concert to mark the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights , in the National Cultural Hall; open to the public;

  • Supported two officials to attend the UN Permanent Forum on minorities: the right to education, in Geneva;

  • The LPAC endorsed the draft Prodoc Phase III;

  • Annual MoFA seminar on international law and study tour to the NT2 dam. 60 participants.
     

Project Activities 2007
 January
 
  • Provisional launch of Project website (www.ilp.gov.la); website finalised September 07
  • 26 January: Project working group
  • 31 January: Project Meeting
  • January-February: Consultancy ICERD report
 
February
 
  • 16 February:  MFA Seminar, 65 participants
  • 20-22 February: Preparatory mission to Chiang Mai University
  • 26-27 February: Auditors’ visit
  • 27 February:  Project Meeting
 
March
 
  • 6-7 March:  Thalath, Seminar on ICESCR and Right to Work (organized w/ILO), 70 participants
  • 14 March:  Lan Xang, Seminar on Convention on Persons with Disabilities/ICESCR, (organized w/ LDPA), 50 participants 
  • 15 March:  Thaket, provincial workshop, Int’l Law/HRs, 80 participants
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #1
  • 19 March:  Lecture at Savannakhet Law School (by DNPD), 100 participants
  • 20 March:  Savannakhet, provincial workshop, Int’l Law/HRs, 80 participants
  • 29 March:  TPR Meeting
  • 30 March:  Project Meeting
 
April
 
  • 2-4 April:  Seminar and meetings w/Morten Kjaerum, member of the ICERD Committee (featured in VTE Times, 4 April), 70 participants
  • 4 April:  Morten Kjaerum, member of the ICERD Committee, lecture at Faculty of Law, 120 participants
  • 11 April:  Seminar w/ICRC, International Humanitarian Law, 180 participants (featured in the VTE Times, 13 April)
  • 18-20 April:  Study Tour Viet Nam, 2 participants HRs
2 male (0/100%)
1 MFA, 1 Human Rights Centre (National Social Sciences Academy)
  • 21 April-26 May: 16 Lao official International Law course + English at Chiang Mai University, 4 female; 12 male (22%)
9 MFA (including 7 DTL , 1 Consular Affairs and 1 Institute of Foreign Affairs)
7 participants from line ministries, National Assembly and other (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Defences, Ministry of Public Security, Human Rights Centre, National Assembly (Foreign Affairs Committee)1 Faculty of Law Professor
  • Issued first draft of Lao International Law Handbook (used at CMU course)
  • 27 April:  Project Meeting
 
May
 
  • 2 May:  Lunch meeting between Project, UNHCR and MFA
  • 4 May:  Seminar on Convention on the Rights of all Persons with Disabilities (w/LDPA), 40 participants
  • 13-18 May:  Lecture at Chiang Mai University (by CTA)
  • 15 May:  Project Meeting
  • 16 May:  Publication in VTE Times on Lao accession to ICESCR
  • 18 May:  Seminar on International Environment Law and Human Rights, w/STEA, 40 participants
  • 22 May:  Thalath, Seminar on disabled rights and ICESCR (organized w/LDPA), CTA and DNPD, 45 participants
  • 25 May:  Seminar on the Convention on the Protection against Enforced Disappearance, 49 participants
  • 28 May – 6 June: Study Tour Philippines and Singapore, incorporation and transposition of International Law into National Law, 7 participants
2 female; 5 male (28%)
2 MFA
2 NA
1 MoJ
1 Supreme Court
1 OSPP
  • 29 May:  Saravan, seminar on disabled rights and ICESCR (organized w/LDPA), DNPD, 45 participants
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #2
 
June
 
  • 1 June: Pakse, Seminar on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities/ICESCR, (DNPD), organized w/LDPA, 50 participants
  • 7 June: Seminar on International Environment Law and Human Rights, Luang Prabang (CTA), organized w/STEA, 60 participants
  • 12 June: Seminar on the Convention on the Rights of all Persons with Disabilities /ICESCR, Oudomxay (DNPD), 45 participants
  • 15 June: Seminar on the Convention on the Rights of all Persons with Disabilities /ICESCR, Luang Prabang (CTA), organized w/LDPA, 45 participants
  • 26 June: Seminar w/MFA Institute focusing on human rights mechanisms in ASAEN, with Professor Merlin Magallona as expert, 40 participants
  • 27 June: Professor Merlin Magallona lectures at Faculty of Law, 100 participants
  • 28 June: Seminar on International Environment Law and Human Rights, DNPD, Pakse, organized w/STEA, 60 participants
 
July
 
  • The Hague, Academie de Droit International (Public): 2 participants, 3 weeks
1 female, 1 male (50%)
100% MFA
  • ICERD field trips were undertaken by a team to 5 provinces (Borikhamxay, Khammuane,  Savannaket, Vientiane and  Xiengkhuang) and to the NT2 and Xepon gold/ copper mining projects to gather further data and information needed for the improvement of the current draft ICERD report of the Lao PDR. The team consisted of representatives from MFA, NA (Ethnic Affairs Department), Lao Front for National Construction, Ministry of Justice, the National Social Sciences Academy Human Rights Centre, Institute of Ethnic and Religious Research and the national consultant on the ICERD reporting engaged by the Project.

During the trips, the main provisions of ICERD as well as the Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations on the last report of Lao PDR were also introduced by the team and discussed with the provincial and other concerned authorities). Altogether 150 participants.
 
August
 
  • 6-7 August:  Provincial Seminar, Bokeo, ICESCR, HRBA, Rule of Law, 71 participants
  • 16-17 August: Thalath, List of Priority Treaties for Lao PDR, Project Working Group, ICERD, 70 participants
  • 20-31 August:  Helsinki, Seminar on Treaty Law: new challenges, 2 weeks
2 male (0/100%)
2 MFA 100%
  • 12-24 August: Turku/Åbo, Seminar on Human Rights, 2 weeks, 1 participant
1 female (100/0%)
1 MFA (100%)
  • 6–11 August:  Kuala Lumpur, IHL seminar, 10 days, 3 participants
1 female; 2 male (33%)
3 ministries: MFA, Ministry of Defense, MoJ
 
September
 
  • 19 September: Workshop on Remedies (w/OHCHR and LBA), 80 participants
  • 20 September: Workshop on Human Rights Based Approach (w/OHCHR and UNDP), 80 participants
  • 24-25 September: National Meeting chaired by Vice Minister of Foreign Ministry on the Current Status of Implementation of Treaties in Lao PDR (all line ministries and sub-departments attended and reported on activities related to incorporating treaties into Lao law and the implementation of treaties within their competence), 70 participants

  • 27-28 September: Thalath, Follow-up workshop to National Meeting held on 24-25, on the process to implement treaties into Lao law; new ordinance on treaty-making, dualist/monist systems, 70 participants
 
October
 
  • 15 October – 2 November:  Two participants GA 3rd and 6th Committee, New York
2 male 0/100%
2 MFA
  • 3 October:  ICRC w/support from Swiss Embassy (BKK): International Humanitarian Law/Weapons, 70 participants
  • 16 October: World Food Day (w/FAO) event and workshop on the Right to Food, 100 participants
 
November
 
  • 19 November: International Law Forum, ICJ/PCA (250 participants)
  • 23 November: EU-hosted Seminar on the ICC (CTA gave lecture), 55 participants
  • 23 November:  Lecture at Faculty of Law faculty, Vientiane (CTA+PM), 70 participants
  • 28-30 November:  Thalath, Provincial Seminar; Selected Topics on International Law, 60 participants
Throughout the first half of the year (Jan through June)
A number of Friday afternoon mini-seminars, MFA Department of Treaties and Law
 
Other “advocacy” activities; various lectures 2007
-          Vientiane College (4x)
-          Vientiane International School (4x)
-          VTE Law Faculty (6x, incl Kjaerum, Magalano, Homayoun, - and rep DHRI)
-          Lecture for NGOs (2x, CARE)
-          Lectures for Bar Association
 

 Planned activities 2007

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES IL2 2007 (not exhaustive) as approved by the main donors, Finland and the EU at the TPR, March 26th, 2007)

  • Ministry of Labour; ILO conventions accession/reporting
  • CERD seminar
  • An International Humanitarian Law seminar (w/ICRC)
  • Disabilities workshops (w/ LDPA)
  • Cultural Heritage, the international (UNESCO/UNIDROIT) aspects: consultancy and seminars
  • Chang Mai University (16 pax, five weeks, tailor-made)
  • ICESCR: various workshops and seminars; preparation for Lao PDR’s first report; seminars/workshops e.g. on health (seminar w/ Ministry of Health), and food (w/FAO) as well (w/STEA) on Human Rights and (Int’l) Environmental Law.
  • Effective remedies (w/LBA and OHCHR)
  • Human Rights Based Approach (w/Committee for Planning and Investments and OHCHR)
  • Study tours human rights to Vietnam
  • Lao participants to Peace Palace (2); Turku (1); Helsinki (2); Kuala Lumpur ICRC regional seminar, (2 or 3); NY UNGA 6th and 3rd committees (2)
  • International Law Forum, 19 NOVEMBER 2007 (see below)
  • Transposition, Implementation, Enforcement int’l law: line ministries, judges, police, prosecutors and others;
  • UNCAC-day; Human Rights Day et. al.


INTERNATIONAL LAW FORUM 19 NOVEMBER 2007:
ARBITRATION AND JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

It is the main obligation of the UN members to seek peaceful solutions to conflict.

That has been stated in various articles of the Charter, including the ones on goals and purposes, like art. 1.1 and art. 2.3: member states shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means and in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

Probably that is why article 33 of the Charter takes centre-stage.
This article lists a number of instruments towards conflict resolution.

Art. 33 reads in full:

1. The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice.

2. The Security Council shall, when it deems necessary, call upon the parties to settle their dispute by such means.

Indeed, negotiation, mediation, conciliation are the preferable methods. But if many years of mediation of negotiations prove to yield hardly any progress, regard may have to be had to the instruments of arbitration and/or judicial settlement.

In fact many countries have benefited from these conflict resolution devices. Maybe they not always got what they wanted, but at least solutions were found and decisions were taken so that many a page could be turned.

The International Law Project hopes with its Autumn 2007 International Law Forum to focus on these two instruments.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES WILL BE DELIVERED BY

- M. GILBERT GUILLAUME, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (The "World Court") and

- Mr TJACO VAN DEN HOUT, THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PERMANENT COURT OF ARBITRATION.

Project Activities 2006

A.    CHRONOLOGICAL

January

  • Three participants went on an Arbitration study tour to Singapore

February

  • 16th: Workshop on the Draft Ordinance on the Acceptance of Treaties; 30 guests
  • One participant ASEM seminar (human rights) Budapest

March

  • 2-3 Workshop Xiengkouang, International Law and Human Rights; 60 guests
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #1

April

  • 3-4 Transportation seminar, Lane Xang, with 2 resource persons from UNESCAP (Mr Li Yuwei, Ms Karandawala); 100 guests
  • 23-27 Resource person RWI Pakse (Judiciary, Bar, Police)
  • 28-29 Consultation Workshop on harmonization of Lao legislation and international human rights standards, Talath; 50 guests

May

  • 4th: Rights Based Approach with OHCHR (Bangkok) resource person (Ms Banerjee), ICTC; 80 guests

June

  • Mobile library, mobile lectures:
    • Faculty of Law: 27th; - Police Academy: 29th; - Lao Bar Association: 30th
  • Two participants to the Human Rights Council (and meetings re Permanent Mission Geneva)
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #2
  • Paper for MoFA and Lao PDR Ambassadors gathered in Vientiane: INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE LAO PDR: its relevance and impact

July

  • Two participants to the Hague Academy of International Law (public law)
  • Publication bilingual Rome Statute (ICC) overview book

August

  • 24-25 Workshop Vang Vieng, general principles of international law, 70 guests
  • One participant WTO workshop Helsinki
  • Two participants Hague Academy of International Law (private law)
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #3

September

  • 18-19 Private International Law Seminar with two resource persons from HCCH (Mr Bernasconi, Ms Stikkelbroeck), ICTC; 100 guests

October

  • 19-20 Roundtable on the Right to Education, Talath (with two Stockholm University resource persons); 80 guests
  • Two participants in UNGA 3rd and 6th Committee work, New York
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #4

November

  • 1st: International Law Forum (key note by former UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell), ICTC; 250 guests
  • 3-7 MoFA Institute / Law faculty / NOSPA: Seminar with Russian Int’l Law expert; 200 guests
  • 14th: Workshop Consultancy Streamlining reporting under Human Rights Conventions Mekong KM3; 35 guests
  • 25-26 CEDAW Seminar; resource person CEDAW Committee member Dr. Tan; Cosmo;  100 guests

December

  • 6-7 Pre Session National Assembly (together with NA project); resource person: Mr Visser, Parliamentarian; ICTC
  • 8th: Anti Corruption Seminar (together with GPAR and UNODC) ICTC; 250 guests
  • Merger ASEAN library with IL2
  • 21-22 MoFA Treaties and Law Roundtable, Talath; 60 guests
  • Lao International Law Newsletter (LILN), issue #5/6

Moreover, throughout the year

  • A number of Friday afternoon mini-seminars for MoFA’s Department of Treaties and Law
  • The drafting of a number of chapters to the Lao International Law Handbook

B.    TOPICAL

1. seminars

  • Workshop on Draft Ordinance Acceptance Treaties
  • Workshop Xiengkouang, International Law and Human Rights
  • Transportation seminar, with 2 resource persons from UNESCAP
  • Consultation Workshop on harmonization of Lao legislation and international human rights standards
  • Rights Based Approach with OHCHR (Bangkok) resource person
  • Mobile library, (3) mobile lectures: Faculty, Police, Bar
  • Workshop Vang Vieng, general principles international law
  • Private International Law Seminar with two resource persons from HCCH
  • Roundtable on the Right to Education
  • International Law Forum with key niote by former UN legal counsel
  • MoFA Institute / Law faculty / NOSPA: Seminar with Russian International Law expert
  • Workshop Consultancy Streamlining reporting under Human Rights Conventions
  • CEDAW Seminar; resource person CEDAW Committee member
  • Pre Session National Assembly (together with NA project); with NLD Parliamentarian as resource person
  • Anti Corruption Seminar (together with GPAR and UNODC)
  • MoFA Treaties and Law Roundtable
  • Regular mini-seminars for the staff of MoFA’s Dept of Treaties and Law

2. study tours

  • Three participants on an Arbitration study tour Singapore
  • One participant ASEM seminar (human rights) Budapest
  • Two participants Human Rights Council (and Permanent  Mission Geneva)
  • Four participants Hague Academy International Law
  • One participant WTO workshop Helsinki
  • Two participants GA 3rd and 6th Committee New York

3. publications

  • Lao International Law Newsletter 5/6 issues
  • Publication bilingual Rome Statute (ICC) overview book
  • Paper for MoFA and Lao PDR Ambassadors gathered in Vientiane INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE LAO PDR: its relevance and impact
  • Purchase of some books for the IL2 library and MoFA Library
  • First chapters of the Lao International Law Handbook completed in draft

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