Professor Pip Nicholson

  • Professor Pip Nicholson

    Director, Asian Law Centre, Comparative Legal Studies Program
    Associate Director, Vietnam
    Director of Studies, Asian Law

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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. Her teaching and research are in dispute resolution, comparative legal studies, law and reform in Asia (particularly rule of law, courts and death penalty reform), and law and society in Asia . Pip has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Public Policy from ANU.  Her doctorate is from the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book is Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia (co-authored with Tim Lindsey, Hart Publishing, 2016).

Pip's book 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 has recently jointly held ARC grants to investigate court-oriented legal reform in Cambodia and Vietnam and to analyse 'Drugs, Law and Criminal Procedure in Southeast Asia'.

Her current research interests include Vietnamese law and legal change with a focus on the Constitution, courts, Vietnamese conceptions of law and legal institutions, and the death penalty. 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.


The Melbourne JD

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

  • Associate Director (Vietnam), Asian Law Centre
  • Director of Comparative Legal Studies Program, Asian Law Centre