Ha Hai Do is a Research Fellow at the Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School. His research focuses broadly on legal reform and transplantation in transitional socialist states, comparative and international labour law, constitutional law and the legal profession (with a particular emphasis on Vietnam). His fellowship involves a research project that explores the emergence of lawyers, their growing activism and changing relationship with the party-state in post-reform Vietnam. His current projects also include the transforming Vietnamese legality and recent developments of Vietnamese collective labour law (in comparison with Chinese law and in the context of its deeper integration into global trade).
Ha Hai Do holds LLM and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘The Dynamics of Legal Transplantation: Regulating Industrial Conflicts in Post-Doi moi Vietnam’, investigates how foreign and international norms regulating industrial conflicts were transferred to transitional socialist Vietnam between 1994—2013.
Before joining the Melbourne Law School in 2018, Ha Hai Do worked for different law schools in Vietnam. He also has several years advising on corporate, commercial and labour law matters, and has served as an independent expert in multiple labour law reform projects sponsored by the ILO and other foreign donors in Vietnam.