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Pip Nicholson

Legal Profession
Comparative Law
Law and Development
Socialist Institutions
Death Penalty
Law and Society
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Pip Nicholson

Primary Interest
Vietnamese Legal Institutions And Global Legal Education
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Pip Nicholson


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 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 and High Court of Australia

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Ministry of Justice, Vietnam, 2014

Medal for the Cause of Justice








Viet Nam Studies Association of Australia

Asian Studies Association Of Australia

Asian Studies Association of Australia

Comparative Law Association

Comparative Law Association


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Public Policy

The Australian National University

Bachelor of Arts

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Laws

University of Melbourne