From August 24-26, 2023, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in collaboration with the Vietnam Court Academy, successfully orchestrated a Training of Advocacy Skills (TAS) course, benefitting 115 law students from Hanoi Law University, Hanoi Procuratorate University, and the Vietnam Court Academy. The course was implemented through ABA ROLI’s Criminal Trial Advocacy (CTA) Program, with funding by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
In 2015, Vietnam introduced adversarial elements to its 2015 Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), which marked an effort to reform court processes in the country; and on January 1, 2018, the 2015 CPC went into effect. While Vietnam’s criminal procedure generally falls in the inquisitorial criminal justice system, the 2015 CPC introduced elements of the adversarial criminal procedure. To assist Vietnam’s judicial system with this transition, ABA ROLI began implementing the Criminal Trial Advocacy (CTA) Program in 2019. The program focuses on building increased capacity among judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys to champion, teach, and model the trial advocacy skills and values needed to implement CPC reform.