Topic: Securing freedom of information in Vietnamese law and government

Presenter: Hue Mai - PhD Candidate, TC Beirne School of Law

This research concerns freedom of information (FOI) in Vietnam within the context of global democratisation. FOI may "oxygenate" democracy; nearly half the world's countries have FOI laws. The thesis addresses whether Vietnam, a single party state with a moderate level of democracy and a weak economy, is in need of an FOI law and the potential impact of such reform. FOI regimes do not evolve in a political vacuum, and their adoption cannot be a mechanical 'tick-a-box' borrowing from outside. The approach to FOI is highly dependent on local context. With this in mind, and drawing on international experiences and legal transplant theory, the thesis examines potentials and pitfalls for FOI in Vietnam.

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