The University of Luxembourg welcomed three Lao lecturers from the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the National University of Laos for a two-month research stay in March and April 2022. Mr. Latdavanh Donkeodavong, Mr. Phanthasack Mingnakone and Ms. Boualaphiane Sisouk could finally travel to Luxembourg after the easing of travel restrictions to make the most of the research facilities of our University.
The three lecturers were selected at the end of 2019 by the University of Luxembourg following a public call for applications requiring a research proposal, a cover letter and a CV and an interview. The selection was based on the quality of their research proposal, their level of English and the coherence of the motivation for applying.
The Inter-University Cooperation Project is supporting three essential topics for the development of Lao PDR and the strengthening of the Rule of law: Mr Donkeodavong is working on State Compensation Law, looking at comparative perspectives from Germany and France; Mr Mingnakone is investigating the legal framework on pre-trial detention and the right to a fair trial in Lao Criminal Law Procedure; Ms. Boualaphiane Sisouk is examining the legal framework on the implementation of international treaties in Lao PDR.
During their research stay, the lecturers had the chance to present their intended research to Law Professors and PhD students during an event organised by Doctoral School of Law at Kirchberg Campus. They also received guidance from Professor Stefan Braum (Project leader) and met regularly with PhD candidates. They were allowed full access to academic resources and enjoyed in particular the facilities of the Learning Centre at Belval campus.
Back in Laos, they are now continuing their research under the supervision of Dr Perrine Simon, (Liaison Officer) and are expected to complete it before the end of 2022 for a publication in a law journal in English.