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Law experts plan for administrative court system

The People’s Supreme Court in partnership with the Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) this week held a consultation workshop on the draft of a presidential decree on administrative case proceedings.
The meeting took place in Pakxe on August 5-6.
The high-level workshop brought together representatives from key government agencies to discuss and move forward with the setup of an administrative court system in Laos.
According to ILSTA, an administrative court is a type of court specialising in disputes concerning the exercise of public power. The importance of an Administrative Law is first and foremost to protect the interests of the public.
A national independent administrative jurisdiction for citizens in all provinces will be an important milestone towards achieving rule of law in Laos. Such courts will become possible with the adoption of the presidential decree on administrative case proceedings.
President of the People’s Supreme Court, Mr Khampha Sengdara, stressed the importance of the institutionalisation of an administrative jurisdiction, and of the adoption of the presidential decree on administrative case proceedings, as part of the national effort to become a rule-of-law state.
During the consultation process, an expert in administrative law from Luxembourg, Mr Steve Helminger, provided insights into the administrative law system and administrative jurisdiction in Luxembourg, and shared international best practices with representatives of local authorities.
The President of ILSTA, Mr Richard Philippart, said “We are witnessing positive developments in the country as part of the national objective of establishing a rule of law state, enshrined as a key principle for countries in the Asean charter.
This is a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, principles which are well reflected through this reformist law.”

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 9, 2019)

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