Discussion Meeting: Reforming the local government system in Vietnam - district or commune level?


Friday, 01.03.2013, 09:00 - 11:00, Hanoi Law University, Conference room, Building B

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The reform of local government ist an important issue within the current discussion on the reform of public administration in Vietnam. Vietnam needs to build up an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable local government system. At present, local government is still facing with challenges and cannot always deliver public services effectively. Several solutions are discussed in the public and among the experts, strengthening either the district or the commune level at the expense of the other. In the discussion meeting, Dr. Phan Thị Lan Hương, lecturer at Hanoi Law University, will analyse the problem, discuss the various proposed solutions and submit an own approach. After that there will be comments from scholars, notes from foreign experts (with regard to the experiences with local self-government in their countries) and a public academic discussion.

With simultaneous translation English/Vietnamese. All those interested are welcome!


  1. Reforming the local government system in Vietnam - district or commune level?
    - Dr. Phan Thị Lan Hương, Hanoi Law University

  2. Reforming the locval government system - annotations from the perspective of local self-government in Germany and Europe
    - Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz, DAAD Lecturer at Hanoi Law University, German Law Centre

    - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Văn Động, Hanoi Law University
    - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vũ Hồng Anh, Office of the National Assembly
    - François Touret - de Coucy, Ambassade de France au Vietnam, Pôle Justice - Droit - Governance

  4. Discussion

Downloads (PDF files)  


Invitation and program (English/Vietnamese)


Contribution of Phan Thị Lan Hương (summary, Vietnamese/English)


Contribution of Phan Thị Lan Hương (presentation, Vietnamese/English)


Contribution of Thomas Schmitz (summary, English/German)



Local government in Vietnam:


Local government reform: Phan Thị Lan Hương, Kinh nghiem cai cach cua Nhat ban va viec xay dung mo hinh chinh quyen dia phuong o Vietnam [The reforming experience of Japan and restructuring local government system in Vietnam], Legislative Study Journal 07/2012; Phan Thị Lan Hương, Reforming Local Government in Vietnam: Lessons learnt from Japan, 2012 (doctoral thesis); Charles Hankla/William Downs: Decentralisation, Governance and the Structure of Local Political Institutions: Lessons for Reform?, 2010; Hellmut Wollmann, Local Government Reforms in (Seven) European Countries: Between Convergent and Divergent, Conflicting and Complementary Developments, Local Government Studies 1/38 (2012)


Local self-government in Germany: Dian Schefold, Local Government in Germany, in: Italian Papers on Federalism 1/2013; art. 28(2) Basic Law; municipal codes [Gemeindeordnungen] and district codes [Landkreisordnungen] of the German Länder; securing efficient local self-government by territorial reforms: the extreme example of Neustadt am Rübenberge (34 communes merged to 1)


Local self-government in Europe: European Charter of Local Self-Government (international treaty prepared by the Council of Europe)


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