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Researching Vietnamese Law in English: Getting Started



In general, locating and then interpreting sources of Vietnamese law can be challenging, particularly for English-speaking researchers.  Keep in mind that, when approaching a question related to Vietnamese law (or foreign law generally), it is often advantageous to start with a secondary source.  There are several online guides in English that can serve as introductions to understanding and researching Vietnamese law. These resources are listed at right.

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Bibliography of Vietnamese Legal Materials

An article on Vietnamese legal materials is available on SSRN: 

Nicholson, Penelope and Nguyen, Quan Hien, Vietnamese Law: A Guide to Sources and Commentary (2007). ; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 328. Available at SSRN:


Introductions to Vietnamese Law and Researching Vietnamese Law

There are several websites that provide introductions to Vietnamese law and Vietnamese legal research.  Note that a number of U.S. law libraries offer webliographies for Vietnam.  Try Googling "legal research" and "Vietnam" to locate these pages.  See also the "Databases" tab for information on several commercial databases that also provide introductions and descriptions of Vietnamese law and legal resources.

Online Translators

English translations of Vietnamese legal materials are often difficult to locate and can be unreliable.  If authoritative English versions are not available, look for "official" translations that are created by, or for, a government organization. 

Many online translators are available on the WWW, but these should be used with caution since web translators do not generally include specialized legal or commercial vocabulary.  Online translators, however, may be of some help in getting the general sense of a document or passage. Google Translate will translate from Vietnamese to English.