PROF Pip Nicholson

PROF Pip Nicholson


  • Senior Executive, Law
  • Asian Law, Comparative Law/Legal Studies, Vietnamese Law, Law and Development, Law and Legal Change (Dispute Resolution, Courts)
  • Law and Society




    Pip Nicholson is Dean of Melbourne Law School. She previously served as Director of the Asian Law Centre and the Centre's Associate Director (Vietnam) and Director of the Comparative Legal Studies Program. Pip has also served as the Law School’s Associate Dean (International) and Associate Dean (JD). Between 2015 and 2017, Pip served as Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President of the University of Melbourne’s Academic Board.

    Pip has degrees in Arts, Law and Public Policy from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.

    Most recently Pip co-published Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia with Tim Lindsey (Hart Publishing, 2016). Other publications include: Socialism and Legal Change: The Dynamics of Vietnamese and Chinese Reform (co-edited with John Gillespie, 2006); Borrowing Court Systems:  The Experience of Socialist Vietnam (Martinus Nijhoff, 2007); Examining Practice, Interrogating Theory: Comparative Legal Studies in Asia (co-edited with Sarah Biddulph, Martinus Nijhoff, 2008); New Courts in Asia (co-edited with Andrew Harding, Routledge, 2009); and Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (co-edited with John Gillespie, Cambridge University Press, 2012).  Pip is widely published in European and American journals also.

    Pip has jointly held two ARC grants to investigate court-oriented legal reform in Cambodia and Vietnam and to analyse ‘Drugs, Law and Criminal Procedure in Southeast Asia’. Current research projects focus on Vietnamese law and legal change, particularly impacting the Constitution, courts, Vietnamese conceptions of law and legal institutions, the profession and the death penalty. Her m



Member of

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia. Asian Studies Association of Australia 2001 -
  • Comparative Law Association. Comparative Law Association 2001 -
  • Viet Nam Studies Association of Australia. Member 2001 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • MPP, The Australian National University 1994
  • LLB, University of Melbourne 1988
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1988

Awards and honors

  • Ministry of Justice, Vietnam, 2014, Medal for the Cause of Justice, 2014



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