The event was attended by Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao, a member of the International Law Commission; former Head of the Government Border Committee Tran Cong Truc; Standing Vice President of the Vietnam Fisheries Association, Nguyen Chu Hoi; Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the United Nations; Professor Carl Thayer of the University of New South Wales, a researcher on UNCLOS 1982 and International law.

At the seminar

At the seminar, speakers exchanged information and discussed contents related to the 40-year implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and 10-year realization of the Law of the sea of Vietnam.

In particular, participating delegates assessed the importance of UNCLOS 1982, which establishes a compulsory dispute settlement mechanism when there are situations occurring at sea. On December 10, 1982, UNCLOS was born, marking an important legal event in the development of international law. This document is considered the Constitution of the sea and oceans.

UNCLOS 1982 has contributed to ending a long period of disputes, controversies and tensions at sea. Over the past four decades, countries around the world, including those that have not ratified UNCLOS, have always invoked this convention when settling disputes at sea. The birth of UNCLOS has helped states demarcate and manage the sea more effectively, and at the same time provide effective conflict settling mechanisms.

At the event, speakers also looked back upon the outcomes in the 10-year implementation of the Law of the sea of Vietnam.

The “Vietnam - the country seen from the sea” seminar was part of the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of UNCLOS 1982 and 10-year implementation of the Law of the sea of Vietnam. It also aimed to raise public’s awareness and understanding about UNCLOS in general and the Law of the sea of Vietnam in particular and popularize the protection of the country's lawful rights and interests at sea and islands.

The program was filmed and will broadcast on the National Assembly's television channel and television channels of coastal provinces and cities across the country.

Translated by Tran Hoai