PROF Pip Nicholson

PROF Pip Nicholson


  • Academic, 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 the Director of the Asian Law Centre. She is also the Centre's Associate Director (Vietnam) and Director of the Comparative Legal Studies Program. 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 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’s 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 most recent collaboration analysed the Socialist legacy in Vietnam and China. Pip also works comparatively on legal sector reform in socialist East Asia.

    Pip has previously been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

    Pip’s teaching includes dispute resolution, comparative legal studies, law and reform in Asia (particularly rule of law, courts and death penalty reform), and the internship subject Law and Legal Practice in Asia .   


Member of

  • 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



Available for supervision

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