Lyma Nguyen  LLM . LLB . GDLP . BA

Lyma practises as a barrister both internationally and domestically, primarily in the area of criminal law and human rights.  In 2020, she took the top place as overall winner of the 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Leadership Awards.  In 2021, she was named amongst the Northern Territory’s 100 Most Powerful Women. 

Nationally recognised in 2014 as one of Australia’s 45 Trailblazing Women Lawyers whose oral history is nationally archived, Lyma is registered on the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court, having worked over a decade as Civil Party Counsel at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where she has, alongside Cambodian co-lawyers, represented victims of Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime across Cases 002, 003 and 004.

Domestically, Lyma’s practice includes criminal prosecution and defence, appellate matters before the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal, disciplinary inquiries, and advisory work in a variety of administrative, civil and criminal briefs. Having commenced her career at the private bar with Darwin’s prestigious William Forster Chambers, Lyma now practises as a sole practitioner, and is a member of Howells’ List Barristers, Victoria.

LYMA’S LIFE AND WORK HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED IN:

  • SBS Vietnamese: Second Generations (126): Lyma Nguyen first Australian Civil Party Lawyer at Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • ABC Radio Late Lunch Program: Interview with Miranda Tetlow, aired on 11 November 2020

APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS

Professional Profile

  • International Criminal Court, registered Counsel for accused/suspects/victims (2018)
  • Nationally registered Accredited Mediator, Mediator Standards Board (August 2018)
  • Barrister, William Forster Chambers (2014), Director Member (2017), Member of Howells List Barristers (2018); Barrister at independent chambers (from 2019)
  • International Civil Party Counsel, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (2009)
  • Legal Member (Chair), Local Government Disciplinary Committee (2018-2020; renewed to 2023)
  • Member, NT Bar Council (2014-2018)
  • Representative on Law Council of Australia’s Rule of Law Network (2015)
  • Member, Diversity and Equity Committee, Australian Bar Association (2016)
  • Criminal Law Association NT (Committee Member 2017; 2014); Vice-President (2015-2017)
  • French-speaking lawyer in NT, French Consulate-General list (2016)
  • Director, Board of AVI (since 2014)
  • Churchill Fellow, building expertise in international criminal justice (2014)
  • Prime Minister’s Executive Endeavour Award (2013)
  • Law and Justice Civilian Expert, Australian Civilian Corps (2012)
  • First admitted to practice in NSW Supreme Court (2007) and High Court of Australia (2008), then NT Supreme Court (2013)

Education

  • Masters in Law (specialising in International Law), Australian National University (LLM)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law (GDLP)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Philosophy and Peace and Conflict Studies), University of Queensland (BA)
  • DELF B1 level French language skills

Testimonials

Hi Lyma,

We won, the CMO has been put to one side, there is no further CMO. We have negotiated the dosage I am presently taking. It does not mean there won't be further clashes in the future, however things are all good at the moment.

I am glad you have got some time for yourself, Singapore is renowned for shopping and I love the food, and it is so inexpensive, and some areas are open all night, so if you are peckish at 04:30 in the morning you can find somewhere to eat with plenty of locals (hotels are cheapest near the red light).

Thank you for everything Lyma, greatly appreciated, you made a huge difference, which I do not think you are aware of. I have your card, and while you have too much work on at the moment, perhaps you might get a quiet spell or find that there is enough cream in the particular case to attract your attention at a latter date. Maybe it will be Lyma Queens Counsel in the future.

Please let me know if there are any issues with payment.

Yours very truly
Cam

Email from Cameron Hunter 3.1.18

Hello Lyma,

I just read your bio and achievement's , Wow there are not enough words to say how honoured I am that you are representing me. You are a most remarkable and inspirational person.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe prosperous new year.

Kind regards
Mark Withnell

Email from Mark Withnell, 19.12.17

Hello Lyma

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your efforts with Theeban. He is so appreciative and keeps saying not just what a good lawyer but what a good person you are and how he trusts you. I agree wholeheartedly. You strike me as a very competent, clear headed and caring person and I know who I'll go to if I need a criminal lawyer! Manjula has asked Theeban to see her between 10.00 and 11.00 tomorrow and he's asked me to go with him. We will stay hopeful about immigration but I am still really concerned about what they will decide and how Theeban will cope if his visa is cancelled - as is Sabine.

Anyway thank you again - sincerely.
Cathy

Nikk Martin

Testimonials

Hi Lyma,

We won, the CMO has been put to one side, there is no further CMO. We have negotiated the dosage I am presently taking. It does not mean there won't be further clashes in the future, however things are all good at the moment.

I am glad you have got some time for yourself, Singapore is renowned for shopping and I love the food, and it is so inexpensive, and some areas are open all night, so if you are peckish at 04:30 in the morning you can find somewhere to eat with plenty of locals (hotels are cheapest near the red light).

Thank you for everything Lyma, greatly appreciated, you made a huge difference, which I do not think you are aware of. I have your card, and while you have too much work on at the moment, perhaps you might get a quiet spell or find that there is enough cream in the particular case to attract your attention at a latter date. Maybe it will be Lyma Queens Counsel in the future.

Please let me know if there are any issues with payment.

Yours very truly
Cam

Email from Cameron Hunter 3.1.18

Hello Lyma,

I just read your bio and achievement's , Wow there are not enough words to say how honoured I am that you are representing me. You are a most remarkable and inspirational person.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a safe prosperous new year.

Kind regards
Mark Withnell

Email from Mark Withnell, 19.12.17

Hello Lyma

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your efforts with Theeban. He is so appreciative and keeps saying not just what a good lawyer but what a good person you are and how he trusts you. I agree wholeheartedly. You strike me as a very competent, clear headed and caring person and I know who I'll go to if I need a criminal lawyer! Manjula has asked Theeban to see her between 10.00 and 11.00 tomorrow and he's asked me to go with him. We will stay hopeful about immigration but I am still really concerned about what they will decide and how Theeban will cope if his visa is cancelled - as is Sabine.

Anyway thank you again - sincerely.
Cathy

Nikk Martin