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The Constitution of Vietnam

A Contextual Analysis

By: Mark Sidel
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Published: 26-08-2009
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 234
ISBN: 9781847315267
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Constitutional Systems of the World
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About The Constitution of Vietnam

This new book examines constitutional debate and development in one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing societies in Asia, and will be of use to scholars and students of comparative law, comparative constitutional law and Asian law, and practitioners interested in Asia or in Vietnam. The book discusses and analyses the historical development, principles, doctrines and debates which comprise and shape Vietnamese constitutional law today, during a time of reform and debate. The chapters are written in sufficient detail for anyone coming to the subject for the first time to develop a clear and informed view of how the constitution is arranged, how it works, and the main points of debate on it in Vietnamese society. It is written in an accessible style, with an emphasis on clarity and concision.

The book discusses and analyses the origins of Vietnamese constitutional thought; the first (1946) Constitution of independent Vietnam; Constitutional dialogue and debate in the late 1940s and 1950s, including the work of dissidents in the 1950s; the 1959 Vietnamese Constitution; constitutional dialogue and debate in the 1960s and 1970s; the 1980 Constitution; the rise of doi moi (renovation) and debates over constitutionalism in the 1980s; the 1992 Constitution, including the role of legislative, executive and judicial sectors, constitutional power and enforcement, constitutional rights and obligations, and other issues; constitutional dialogue and debate in the 1990s; the constitutional debate and revision process of 2001 and the current Vietnamese Constitution the rise of debate over judicial independence and constitutional enforcement and review in Vietnam; comparison to constitutional developments and debates in China; constitutions and constitutional issue in the former South Vietnam; the links and tensions between state and party constitutions; and concluding analysis of 60 years of the development of Vietnam's Constitution and constitutionalism.

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. KEY THEMES IN VIETNAM'S CONSTITUTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATES
2. THE 1946 CONSTITUTION: A CHARTER FOR INDEPENDENCE AND UNITY
3. THE 1959 CONSTITUTION: A CHARTER FOR SOCIALISM IN THE NORTH
4. THE 1980 CONSTITUTION: A CHARTER FOR REUNIFICATION UNDER SOCIALISM
5. THE 1992 CONSTITUTION: A CHARTER FOR RENOVATION (DOI MOI )
6. REVISING THE 1992 CONSTITUTION: DEBATES AND DECISIONS AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS OF RENOVATION (DOI MOI )
7. IMPLEMENTING CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES: THE PROBLEM OF ASSOCIATIONAL RIGHTS
8. THE PROBLEM OF JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN A PARTY-DOMINATED STATE
9. ENFORCING THE CONSTITUTION: THE DEBATE OVER 'CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION' AND A CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AFTERWORD: THE FUTURE OF THE VIETNAMESE CONSTITUTION

Reviews

“Compared with the detailed and extensive western literature about constitutional change in non-socialist Asia, surprisingly little has been written about constitutional issues in Vietnam. In this book Mark Sidel, a renowned legal scholar in Vietnam, has successfully addressed this omission by presenting a rich and absorbing analysis of constitutional change...This book comes highly recommended as a history of constitutional change in Vietnam; it also provides important insights into the future direction of constitutional reform. It will be of use to both legal and Asian studies students and scholars.” –  John Gillespie, The Law and Politics Book Review

“Covering its history decade by decade, "The Constitution of Vietnam" proves to be a fascinating and very highly recommended read, an ideal addition to any law or history collection.” –  James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

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