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Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Vietnam National University

VNU 1On the 5 May 2015, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers – first president of the UK Supreme Court and Visiting Professor at King’s College London – launched a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between The Dickson Poon School of Law and Vietnam National University (VNU) School of Law. Introduced as part of a seminar at the Ministry of Justice in Hanoi discussing the Magna Carta, Rule of Law, Criminal Law, and Penal Reform, King’s at VNU-Law will forge collaborations between the two institution’s law schools in the fields of research, teaching, and policy. This unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership will not only improve the visibility of UK legal scholarship in Vietnam, but will also promote the long-term economic development and the welfare of people in both countries.

‘I welcome the launch of King’s at VNU-Law,’ said Lord Phillips, speaking to a crowd that included Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Justice, as well as officials from Criminal and Administrative Law Departments; the Bureau of Judicial Affairs Support; the Institute of Legal Science and the Department of International Co-Operation. ‘It is a sign of co-operation between the UK and Vietnam in the areas of law and international Higher Education. It will build important relationships for our two countries’ judges, lawyers, law academics and students. This is a vital step in enhancing the capability of both the UK and Vietnam to learn more about each other’s law, culture and society as well as strengthening their respective legal systems.’

The collaboration will be helmed in Vietnam by King’s Professor Maleiha Malik (pictured). Professor Malik is Professor of Law in The Dickson Poon School of Law, where her research interests include Discrimination Law, European Union Law, Transnational Law and Jurisprudence. ‘I am delighted to spend time in Vietnam working with my academic colleagues, teaching students and meeting policy makers so that I can deepen my knowledge of Vietnam’s legal system, culture and society’ said Professor Malik, commenting on her involvement with the programme. ‘The close collaborations forged by King’s at VNU-Law will support the increasing focus on Vietnam at King’s Transnational Law Institute , King’s Global Institutes and the London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Sciences.

King’s at VNU-Law is funded by the British Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and King’s College London.

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