Vietnam Ministry of Justice recognises Melbourne Law School

April 14 / 134

Professor Pip Nicholson, Director, Asian Law Centre, celebrates her medal from Vietnam's Minister of Justice, Dr Ha Hung Cuong. Credit: Lisa Mamone
Professor Pip Nicholson, Director, Asian Law Centre, celebrates her medal from Vietnam's Minister of Justice, Dr Ha Hung Cuong. Credit: Lisa Mamone

The Melbourne Law School and Professor Pip Nicholson, Director, Asian Law Centre, have been recognised by Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice for their services to law reform in Vietnam.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Minister of Justice, Dr Ha Hung Cuong, presented the awards at a ceremony which also saw the signing of a second MOU for 5 years between the Melbourne Law School and Hanoi Law University, one of the two lead law schools in Vietnam. 

Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of the Law School, accepted the prestigious Minister for Justice Certificate, which is the highest award given to an organisation by Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice. 

This award recognises the Melbourne Law School’s collaborative relationship with the Ministry of Justice in providing professional development training for their staff on issues including regulation of the profession, curriculum reform and international trade litigation.  

Professor Nicholson received the Ministry of Justice Medal, Kỷ niệm chương “Vì sự nghiệp tư pháp”, which is translated as Medal for the “Cause of Justice” in Vietnam.

Like the certificate, the medal is the highest award provided by the Minister to an individual, and is usually given to high-ranking officials for their work with the Justice Ministry. A previous recipient this year was Ms Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF representative in Vietnam, for her contribution to supporting Vietnam’s children protection programs.

In accepting the medal, Professor Nicholson said she was delighted to be so honoured.

“I have always enjoyed learning from my colleagues in the Ministry and the Melbourne Law School has been generously supported in its engagement with the Ministry by a broad range of professional organisations, which radically enriched the projects run with the Ministry,” she said.

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