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Keynote speakers

ALSA 2018 is honoured to have the following experts serve as keynote speakers at ALSA 2018:

President Ikhyeon Rhee

Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI).



Currently President of the Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI) this follows a distinguished career in public law roles, including:

  • Aug. 2016 - present: President of the Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI)
  • 1988 – Jul. 2016: Ministry of Government Legislation (MOLEG
  • 2008 – 2016 Director General, Ministry of Government Legislation
  • 2007 – 2008 Assistant Officer to the President for Legal Affairs at the Office of the President of the ROK
  • 2006 – 2007 Constitutional Research Officer, Constitutional Court
  • 2005 – 2006 Administrative Appeals Officer, Ministry of Government Legislation
  • 2002 – 2005 Personnel Management Officer at Legislation Management Office of the MOLEG
  • 1995 – 2002 Legislative Information Division of the MOLEG

President Rhee earned his PhD from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, in 2005. He has a BA (Political Science), Sogang University; MA (Public Administration), Syracuse University; LLB, Sungkyunkwan University; and a LLM, Colombia University.

Dean and Professor Pip Nicholson

Dean and William Hearn Professor of Law
Melbourne Law School



Pip Nicholson is Dean and William Hearn Professor of Law at 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. Dean Nicholson has also served as the Law School's Associate Dean (International) and Associate Dean (JD). Between 2015 and 2017 she served as Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President of the University of Melbourne's Academic Board. She has degrees in Arts, Law and Public Policy from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.

Most recently Dean Nicholson 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). Dean Nicholson is widely published in European and American journals also.

Dean Nicholson 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. She also works comparatively on legal sector reform in socialist East Asia.

Dean Nicholson has previously been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

Professor Daniel H Foote

Professor of Law
University of Tokyo



Professor Daniel H Foote is Professor of Law at The University of Tokyo, where he holds the post in Sociology of Law. He is also the Dan Fenno Henderson Professor Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington.

Professor Foote is a leading scholar on Japanese law. Individually or jointly, he has written or edited eight books and over seventy articles and book chapters in the fields of Japanese and comparative law, including many works in Japanese. Major research interests include legal education, the legal profession, the judiciary, criminal justice, dispute resolution, justice system reform, labor and employment, legal implications of the 2011 disaster, and the interrelationship between Japanese law and law elsewhere in Asia. His research involves a heavy focus on the relationship between law and society, with a strong empirical focus.

In addition to UW and UTokyo, Professor Foote has taught as visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA, and Kagoshima University; and he has lectured widely. Foote also has an extensive record of public service. He has served on numerous government, professional and academic councils and committees.

Lynette J. Chua

Associate Professor of Law
National University of Singapore



Lynette J. Chua is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and a law and society scholar with research interests in legal mobilization, legal consciousness, and social movements. She is the author of The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) and Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple University Press, 2014), which was awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association's Sociology of Law Distinguished Book Prize. She has published articles in interdisciplinary journals, including Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Development & Change, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Law & Courts, Asian Journal of Law & Society, Journal of Law & Society, and Human Rights Quarterly. Her latest research is a comparative study of how the elderly, their families, as well as their communities and governments in several Asian societies deal with grievances and conflicts that arise over who should care for the elderly, and the conditions under which they turn to legal institutions of the state or to other solutions. She is a member of the Law & Society Association's Board of Trustees and ALSA Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Law & Policy, Asian Journal of Law & Society, and American Political Science Review editorial boards.