Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao (Photo: VNA)
Geneva (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao attended the 69th meeting of the United Nations International Law Committee (ILC) that opened in Geneva on May 1.

Participants at the session, which runs until June 2, will discuss a wide range of issues, including the immunities of State officials from legal proceedings abroad, the permanent application of international conventions, the protection of environment amidst armed collision, the preservation of the ozone, and crimes against the humanity.

ILC was set up in 1947 with the mission of promoting the codification and development of international law. The body is specialized in drafting international conventions and studying major issues of the international law as well as laws on relations among countries.

ILC currently has 34 members who serve in a five-year tenure. They are mostly scholars, diplomats and lawyers with great experience in researching, lecturing and practicing international law. They operate independently with the country introducing them.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Kuwait Nguyen Hong Thao was the first Vietnamese representative at the agency. He was elected as a member of the ILC for the 2017-2021 tenure in November 2016.

Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao is an expert in international law. He used to be deputy head of the National Border Committee, head of the negotiation team on border agreements with neighbouring countries, and a legal advisor to the drafting process of Vietnam’s 2012 Law of the Sea.

Thao is also a seasoned diplomat with 40 years of experience. He was Vietnam’s Ambassador to Malaysia in the 2011-2014 tenure.-VNA