Legal Initiatives for Vietnam (LIV) works to build a democratic society in Vietnam through independent journalism, research, and education.

Independent journalism

We believe that independent journalism and an informed citizenry are vital parts of the democratic future we envision for Vietnam. Thus, we invest in building independent media outlets and institutions that are free of censorship and self-censorship. However, these are not enough; we must also invest in quality journalism. These are our main projects:

  • Luat Khoa Magazine: Our first and core project aims to inform Vietnamese audiences about law, politics, human rights, democracy, rule of law, and environment protection. Since 2014, the Luat Khoa Magazine has become one of the leading independent news outlets in the Vietnamese media environment.
  • The Vietnamese Magazine: an English publication that aims to raise awareness about Vietnam’s political and legal affairs among the international community. Since 2017, The Vietnamese Magazine has published news and updates about the state of democracy, human rights, politics, and religion, as well as translations of Vietnamese language articles for the benefit of foreign readers. The Vietnamese Magazine is also in collaboration with the Asia Democracy Chronicles.


LIV aims to provide quality resources for journalists, researchers, policy makers, and advocacy groups. Over the years, we have worked on various research projects in internet freedom, religious freedom. Our research interests also go beyond these areas to include democratization, constitutional reform, criminal justice, civil society, and the like.


LIV’s publications and research educates and informs its audience not only on contemporary issues, but also in the fields of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. However, other forms of education remain crucial to achieve our goals. We also provide:

  • Training and paid internships for journalists;
  • Translation and compilation services for books;
  • Access to a physical and virtual library.
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