Elimination of Child Labor in Vietnam's New Generation of Free Trade Agreements

  • Cuc Nguyen Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam
  • Phuoc Huu Ngo VNUHCM University of Economics and Law, Vietnam


As of March 2021, Vietnam negotiated and signed the new generation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), consisting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the European-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and the Vietnam-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (VN-EAEU FTA). One of the critical issues of these agreements is non-commercial provisions, especially commitments to the elimination of child labor. This study aimed to examine the implementation of the commitment to eliminate child labor in the new generation of FTAs under the principle of pacta sunt servanda and the government's responsibility to comply with international treaties according to the 2013 Constitution. Based on the obligations arising from international treaties, Vietnam must comply with all commitments agreed upon as a state member. As a result, it is necessary to implement suitable solutions to implement these commitments properly, especially the elimination of child labor, according to the three mentioned FTAs. By using comparative and evaluated methods, this study analyzed and commented on the similarities and differences between the Vietnam labor legal system and these three agreements on eliminating child labor. This study indicated relative compatibility between regulations in three FTAs and the Vietnamese legal system. Subsequently, there is a need to improve the effective implementation of these commitments by amending the definition of children, working hours, and classifying violations against the law regarding the employment of workers under 16 years old of coercive labor into the group of crimes and criminal liabilities to commercial legal entities.

KEYWORDS: Child Labor, Free Trade Agreements, Vietnam.

How to Cite
NGUYEN, Cuc; NGO, Phuoc Huu. Elimination of Child Labor in Vietnam's New Generation of Free Trade Agreements. Lentera Hukum, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 113-150, apr. 2022. ISSN 2621-3710. Available at: <https://jurnal.unej.ac.id/index.php/ejlh/article/view/26026>. Date accessed: 30 june 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.19184/ejlh.v9i1.26026.

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