Dr Nghia Trong Pham, GLF 2015-17


Nghia Trong Pham was born in 1978 in Vietnam. Nghia got his LLB degree and LLM degree (with high distinction) from the School of Law, Vietnam National University. He holds a doctorate in law from Brunel University, London. His PhD research focuses on the incorporation of international labour standards into domestic law, which made him the first PhD student from Brunel Law School to be awarded the Walduck Prize for Research Impact – the prestigious prize of Brunel University.

Nghia Trong Pham was appointed a Deputy Director General of the Legal Department, Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam in 2010 and was one of the youngest deputy directors general of the Ministry. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of a Deputy Director General of the Department of Law, National Assembly Office, Vietnam.  In his capacities, Nghia has been involved in the making of a number of legislation and policies relating to labour and social issues, including the ratification of international treaties. He was in charge of drafting Vietnam National Reports on ILO Conventions. He participated in the Trans - Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as Member of the Vietnam Labour Team from the very first negotiations. He was also tasked to support the Constitution Revision Committee, which contributed to the adoption of the new Constitution of Vietnam in 2013.

Over the years, Nghia has managed to combine academic achievements with leadership at work. His work has continued to include human rights and labour rights legislation processes, trade negotiations in Vietnam. His research interests cover a range of issues related to human rights, labour law, international labour standards, and trade.

Nghia has just completed his postdoctoral research at Princeton University where he examined the implications and interactions of labour clauses in FTAs on worker rights in developing countries.   Nghia is currently working on a project investigating at understanding how domestic politics interact and determine international negotiation and vice-versa in the negotiation and ratification process of labour commitments in FTAs.




Pham Trong Nghia (2016). Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Vietnam, International Encyclopedia of Laws, Labour Law and Industrial Relations. Kluwer Law International.

Pham Trong Nghia (2014). Implementation of ILO Core Conventions in Vietnam: Opportunities & Challenges, National Politic Publishing House, Hanoi.

Bui Sy Loi, Nguyen Tien Tung, Pham Trong Nghia (2004). 110 Cases and Solutions in Industrial Relations, Labour and Social Publishing House, Hanoi.

Pham Trong Nghia (2003). “Some Issues on Resolving Void Labour Contracts” in Theoretical and Practical Issues on Contract Law in Vietnam, eds. Faculty of Law, People’s Security Publishing House, Hanoi, p. 273.


Journal Articles

Nghia Trong Pham (2017) Trade and Labour Rights: The Case of the TPP. GEG Working Paper.

Pham Trong Nghia (2015) “The Implementation of Ratified ILO Fundamental  Conventions in Vietnam: Successes and Challenges”, State Practice and International Law Journal [English], Vol.2 Issue 1 (2015), p. 143.

Pham Trong Nghia (2011) “Revised Labour Code Expands Workers’ Rights”, Vietnam Law & Legal Forum [English], Vol 18 (No. 207), p. 7.

Pham Trong Nghia (2010) “On the Transplantation of Law”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, vol 169, p. 15.

Pham Trong Nghia (2009) “The Impacts of Implementing the Core International Labour Standards on National Competitiveness”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, vol 145, p. 46.

Pham Trong Nghia (2008) “Labour Law in the Process of Globalisation”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, vol 135, p. 19.

Pham Trong Nghia (2008) “Some Fundamental Issues of International Labour Law”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, vol 125, p. 51.

Pham Trong Nghia (2006) “Some Fundamental Issues of Social Security”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, vol 89, p. 43.

Pham Trong Nghia (2005) “Orientations to Fulfill Vietnam’s Social Security Law”, Vietnam Social Insurance Journal, vol 82, p. 33.

Pham Trong Nghia (2005) “Some Fundamental Issues of Social Security Right”, Vietnam Social Insurance Journal, vol 80, p. 32.

Pham Trong Nghia (2005) “Main Aspects of International Labour Law”, Vietnam Labour and Social Journal, vol 264, p. 36.

Pham Trong Nghia (2003) “The Definition of Social Assistance”, Vietnam Social Insurance Journal, vol 55, p. 23.

Pham Trong Nghia (2003) “Social Insurance Schemes in Thailand”, Vietnam Labour and Social Journal, vol 223, p 32.

Pham Trong Nghia (2003) “Main Principles of an Independent Judiciary”, Vietnam Legislation Studies Journal, Special Issue, No. 3, p. 136.

Pham Trong Nghia (2002) “Independent Judiciary –The Core of the Rule of Law” [Translation], Science Magazine of Vietnam National University, No. 4, p. 64.

Pham Trong Nghia (2002) “On the Institution of Jury in Vietnam Criminal Procedural Law”, Vietnam People’s Court Journal, vol 6/2002, p. 23.



Nghia Trong Pham, 13 July 2017. Will TPP's Death Kill Labor Rights Reform in Vietnam? The Diplomat

Nghia Trong Pham, 9 Dec 2016. Can Vietnam Still Benefit From a Dead TPP? The Diplomat 

Nghia Trong Pham, 21 Jan 2016. Vietnam: The first arrival of the TPP?. BSG Blog

Nghia Trong Pham, 1 Dec 2015. Gender transformation in Vietnam: from offence to legal right. BSG Blog

Pham Trong Nghia, 16 Nov 2015. Vietnam's Labour Commitments in the TPP: A Comprehensive Regulation Impact Assessment Needed. The Observer.