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 Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President 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, (co-published 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.