Institute of State and Law has over 50 years of construction and development. Fifty years - it is a long journey of unceasingly striving and maturing in all aspects of the collective of cadres, employees and civil servants of the Institute of State and Law. The process of building and maturing of the Institute of State and Law goes through four basic periods:

- Period 1959 - 1967: In August 1959, the Law Group under the State Science Committee - the forerunner of the Institute of State and Law, was established.

- Period 1967 - 1986: On July 31, 1969, on the basis of the Law Group, the Institute of Law - one of the five institutes under the organizational structure of the Vietnam Social Science Committee, was established under the Decree No. 117/CP of the Government Council.

- Period 1986 - 2004: On May 13, 1986, according to Decree No. 64/HDBT of the Council of Ministers, the Institute of Law was renamed the Institute of State and Law under the Social Sciences and Humanities Centre.

- Period 2004 to present: January 15, 2004, according to Decree No. 26/2004/NĐ-CP of the Government, the Institute of State and Law under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

Functions and Tasks of the Institute of State and Law



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.


Organizational Structure

The ISL’s organizational structure includes General Director, Deputy General Directors, the departments and centers as follows:

  • Department of Jurisprudence and History of State and Law
  • Department of the Rule-of-Law State
  • Department of Economic Law
  • Department of Criminal Law
  • Department of Civil Law
  • Department of International Law
  • Department of Environmental Law
  • Department of Labour and Social Security Laws      
  • Department of Comparative Law
  • Department of Human Rights
  • Centre for Legal Advices (CELA)                
  • Department of Research and International Relations Management
  • Department of Administration and General Services
  • Department of Information and Library        

The State and Law Review is an unit under the ISL. The Review comes out monthly, one volume each month.

Scientific Council of the ISL has its function of providing scientific advisory to the Director.


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.

History of the Institute of State and Law (25/10/2017)

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