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This article situates child protection by Vietnam’s judicial bodies in relation to the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments in juvenile justice. It demonstrates that Vietnam’s legislation and practices do not fully comply with international standards and that there remains a significant gap between the letter of the law and its implementation. Party-government policy on judicial reform, however, creates the potential for establishing juvenile courts in Vietnam. The feasibility of such juvenile courts, and the implications for Vietnam meeting its obligations under the Convention, are also surveyed.