Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia Book Launch
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham Street
Join us to launch Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia, edited by Hualing Fu, John Gillespie, Pip Nicholson and William Partlett.
Since China's reform and opening up started in 1978 and Vietnam's Doi Moi reforms were initiated in 1986, these two East Asian economies have adopted capitalistic models of development while retaining and reforming their socialist legal systems along the way. Tracking the trajectory of socialist laws and their legacy, this book offers a unique comparison of laws and institutional designs in China and Vietnam. Leading scholars from China, Vietnam, Australia and the United States analyse the history, development and impact of socialist law reforms in these two continuing socialist states. Readers are offered a varied insight into the complex quality and unique features of socialist law and why it should be taken seriously. This is a fresh theoretical approach to, and internal critique of, socialist laws which demonstrates how socialist law in China and Vietnam may shape the future of global legal development among developing countries.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring different dimensions of socialist law. Drawing on their own contributions to the book, the panelists will discuss the historical origins of socialist law as well its ongoing development.
The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor William Partlett. There will be an opportunity for brief Q&A as well. Professor Pip Nicholson will launch the book at the end of the discussion.
The book launch, co-hosted by the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and the Asian Law Centre, will start at 5:30pm with drinks and networking which will be followed by the panel discussion and the launch from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Registrations are essential, so please register early to avoid missing out this fascinating event.
Professor Pip Nicholson, Dean
Professor Pip Nicholson
Melbourne Law School
Professor Pip Nicholson is Dean of Melbourne Law School. Pip has previously served as Director of the Asian Law Centre while also directing its Vietnam Program. Pip has also served as the Law School's Associate Dean (International) and Associate Dean for the Juris Doctor (JD). Between 2015 and 2017 Pip served as VicePresident and Deputy VicePresident of the University of Melbourne's Academic Board. Pip is one of the world's leading scholars on the Vietnamese legal system. Her research has focussed on the rule of law, criminal justice and dispute resolution in socialist transforming states. Pip’s current research projects concentrate 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 analyses the Socialist legacy in Vietnam and China. In 2014, Professor Nicholson won the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice’s ‘Medal for the Cause of Justice’ as a result of her contribution to legal reform and training in Vietnam. Pip’s recent publications include Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia, (copublished with Tim Lindsey) (Hart Publishing, 2016), Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (co edited with John Gillespie) (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia (co edited with Fu Hualing, John Gillespie and William Partlett) (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Pip has degrees in Arts, Law and Public Policy from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. Pip has previously been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.
Dr Ha Hai Do, lecturer of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Research Assistant Melbourne Law School
Dr Ha Hai Do
lecturer of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Research Assistant Melbourne Law School
Melbourne Law School
LLB, Hanoi University LLM, The University of Melbourne PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne Languages: Vietnamese Since 2002, Ha has been a lecturer of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law. He also worked for a US law firm, and provided legal consultancy to various companies in Vietnam.
Dr Wendy Ng, Senior Lecturer, Associate Director (China) of the Asian Law Centre
Dr Wendy Ng
Senior Lecturer, Associate Director (China) of the Asian Law Centre
Melbourne Law School
Dr Wendy Ng is a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where she is the Deputy Director of the Competition Law and Economics Network and an Associate Director (China) of the Asian Law Centre. She completed her undergraduate studies (LLB (hons)/BCom) and PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD thesis and the Melbourne Law School Harold Luntz Graduate Research Prize for Best PhD Thesis. Wendy also has a LLM from Columbia University. Wendy researches on competition law, focusing on China, international and comparative, and political economy issues. Her book, The Political Economy of Competition Law in China, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Her research on Chinese competition law and competition advocacy has been published in international journals and edited collections. She was also awarded the 2015 Gaire Blunt Scholarship from the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia for research on the independence of competition agencies in China. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Wendy worked as a lawyer at leading international commercial law firms in Melbourne and New York and as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She has also worked with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and other development partners to support the introduction and development of competition law and policy in South East Asia.
Associate Professor William Partlett, Associate Professor, Member of the Center for Comparative Constitutional Studies
Associate Professor William Partlett
Associate Professor, Member of the Center for Comparative Constitutional Studies
Melbourne Law School
Dr Partlett joined Melbourne Law School in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Before coming to Melbourne, Dr Partlett was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of Chinese University Hong Kong, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University Law School, and a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dr Partlett holds a JD from Stanford Law School as well as a DPhil in Soviet History and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford (where he was a Clarendon Scholar). He also holds an honors bachelors degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and speaks Russian. Dr Partlett's research broadly focuses on the role of institutions in comparative public law. His work is currently focused on two projects. First, his research explores the institutional dimensions of constitutionmaking. Second, his research draws on his background in Soviet history to explore the distinctive institutional legacies of the socialist system of law in the former Soviet Union and Asia.
Professor Sarah Biddulph, Professor, ARC Future Fellow
Professor Sarah Biddulph
Professor, ARC Future Fellow
Melbourne Law School
Professor Sarah Biddulph joined the Asian Law Centre in 1989 and was appointed to a lectureship in the Law School in 1992. She is a graduate of Sydney University in Law and Chinese Studies and studied in Shanghai as one of the AttorneyGeneral's representatives under an exchange agreement with the PRC Ministry of Justice. She worked as a lawyer in Shanghai with the Australian law firm Blake Dawson Waldron between 1998 and 2001 and has nearnative fluency in Mandarin. Sarah's research focuses on the Chinese legal system with a particular emphasis on legal policy, law making and enforcement as they affect the administration of justice in China. Her particular areas of research are contemporary Chinese administrative law, criminal procedure, labour, comparative law, and the law regulating social and economic rights. Sarah completed her PhD in 2004, entitled The Legal Field of Policing in China: Administrative Detention and Law Reform. Sarah's recent publications include: Legal Reform and Administrative Detention Powers in China (2007) CUP; Examining Practice, Interrogating Theory: Comparative Legal Studies in Asia, coedited with Pip Nicholson (Brill, 2008); Law and Fair Work in China: Making and Enforcing Labour Standards in the PRC, coauthored with Sean Cooney and Ying Zhu (Routledge, 2013); The Politics of Law and Stability in China, coedited with Susan Trevaskes, Elisa Nesossi and Flora Sapio (Edward Elgar, 2014); and The Stability Imperative: Human Rights and Law in China (UBC Press, 2015). Sarah is cochair for the China team in the five country comparative project: AsiaPacific Dispute Resolution Program: Understanding Integrated Compliance with International Trade and Human Rights Standards in Comparative Perspective, headed by Professor Pitman Potter at the University of British Columbia. Sarah has recently completed a research fellowship from the Australian Research Council looking at recent reforms to the legal regulation of police administrative detention powers in China. This project included an examination of reforms to measures for compulsory detention for treatment of drug dependent people. Sarah received an ARC Future Fellowship in 2013. Sarah’s Future Fellowship project examines the role of law in China in providing justice to citizens complaining about official misconduct. It provides an understanding of the current limitations of legal mechanisms in controlling abuse of power and the implications for rule of law in China. It examines in particular administrative litigation, administrative review and letters and visits and the interactions between them. It also examines the social impacts of failure adequately to resolve conflicts between citizens and government officials.
Professor John Gillespie, Professor, Business Law & Taxation
Professor John Gillespie
Professor, Business Law & Taxation
John has been a visiting research professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong, and visiting research fellow at the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies at ANU and the Asian Law Centre at Melbourne University. He has consulted widely to international donors such as the World Bank, UNDP, IFC, Danida and AusAid on legal development projects in East Asia. He has also worked on committees advising the Federal Attorney General and AusAid on legal cooperation and development in East Asia. He is the director of the AsiaPacific Business Regulation Group, and has authored and edited eight books, and published more than 60 articles and book chapters in journals such as the Law and Society Review, International Law Quarterly Review, Harvard Journal of Human Rights, Law and Social Inquiry, Stanford Journal of International Law and New York University Journal of Law and Politics. He is currently an editorial adviser to the Journal of Asian Law and Asia Pacific Law Review. His research and teaching interests include Asian comparative law, law and development theory and regulatory theory. He is currently working on a research project exploring what is socialist about socialist law in East Asia with scholars from the Universities of Hong Kong and Melbourne. He has been the lead investigator on an five ARC Discovery projects.