Introduction of Institute of State and Law


The Institute of State and Law was established in 1967. The Institute of State and Law is a scientific research institution under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. Its headquarter located at No.27 Tran Xuan Soan Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam. ​


Human Resource

Currently, the personnel of ISL are 60 people, including 05 Associate Professors, 13 PhDs, 21 masters.


Research areas

At present, the ISL main research directions are focusing on the following issues:

- Theory and practice of the political system and the relationship between the Party, State and people in the political system; the relationship between the rule of law with civil society, with a market economy;

- Theory and practice of the rule of law state; the socialist rule of law state of Vietnam; power and implementation of state power in the socialist rule of law state of Vietnam;

- Jurisprudence; law and sociology; comparative law; and state studies in comparative perspectives;

- Theory of the legal system; sociology of law; comparative law, comparative government;

- Theory and practice of human rights,  ensuring, protecting and strengthening human rights;  

- Theory and practice of legislative reform, public administration reform, judicial reform in the context of building and improving rule of law state, implementing democracy, guaranteeing human rights, and international integration;

- Theory and practice of economic and commercial laws in a socialist oriented market economy; and of civil, criminal, land, environmental and social security laws;

- Legal issues of international integration; 

- History of the State and Law of Vietnam and of other countries in the world.


Collaborative research direction in the period of 2015-2020

- The roles and functions of the state in the curent context;

- Judicial review; inspection and supervision of state power;

- Regional Sustainable Development Institution;

- Law on regional planning and urban planning;

- Law on migration, foreign workers;

- Institutional responses to climate change;

- Legislation on renewable and clean energy;

- Institutional reforms to promote innovation; motivate development;

- Implement international commitments: Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Implement the Agreement on the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP), the International Convention on the Law of the Sea of ​​the United Nations in 1982, etc.

Functions and Tasks


It does basic research on state and law; provides scientific justifications for formulation of  guidelines, strategies, planning and policies to build and develop state and law of Viet Nam; training and fostering legal knowledge at the postgraduate level; participates in national development of human resource in law studies; delivers legal consultancy services and legal information for agencies, organizations and individuals in and outside of the country.

History of the Institute of State and Law (10/05/2018)

Since the establishment of Institute of Legal Studies (31st July 1967), the Institute of State and Law has experienced 50 years of building and development. The process is divided into three periods.