Dr Nghia Trong Pham | University of Oxford

Dr Nghia Trong Pham

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College & Blavatnik School of Government


Dr Nghia Trong Pham is a Global Leaders Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme, based at University College and the Blavatnik School of Government.

He was appointed a Deputy Director General of Vietnam’s Legal Department, Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs 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. 

Nghia has been involved in the creation 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.

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.  He is currently working on a project aimed at understanding how domestic politics interact with and determine international negotiation and vice-versa in the negotiation and ratification process of labour commitments in FTAs.


  • International labour law, international labour standards, the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Trade and human rights
  • Free trade areas (FTAs) and labour clauses
  • The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
  • Communist legal systems
  • Vietnam: freedom of association, child labour, forced labour, discrimination in the workplace


English, Vietnamese