November 2017

02
Nov
2017

China: rule-taker or rule-maker in the international intellectual property system?

Wenting Cheng

Recognizing the significance of intellectual property (IP) to state core competitiveness, China seeks to transform itself into the world’s leading IP power. The number of patent applications submitted to the Chinese patent office have been the highest in the world since 2011. This PhD completion seminar will explore whether the Chinese market power in IP necessarily translates into its regulatory power – has China become an international IP rule-maker?

Computer generated grid man with a light where the brain is and DNA strands going horizonally across the top of the picture

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14
Nov
2017

Governance and the power of fear

Various

We have made significant progress as a society toward teaching individuals the craft of managing fear productively. We have been less successful, however, in designing regulatory systems that recognize fear as both an enabler and disabler of behavioural and social change.

This series, taking place over four weeks in Nov-Dec, will bring together regulatory scholars and practitioners to explore the positive and negative manifestations of fear and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a range of regulatory and governance approaches.

abstract image of a screaming face

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14
Nov
2017

Fear in a rapidly changing world

Valerie Braithwaite, Miranda Forsyth, Ibi Losoncz, Rod Broadhurst

We have made significant progress as a society toward teaching individuals the craft of managing fear productively. We have been less successful, however, in designing regulatory systems that recognize fear as both an enabler and disabler of behavioural and social change. This panel will present insights on the role of fear in regulation.

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15
Nov
2017

Rule of Law in ASEAN?

Imelda Deinla

Dr Imelda Deinla’s new book The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN: The State and Regional Integration is an interdisciplinary work that comparatively studies rule of law practices and the relationship between the rule of law and regional integration. Imelda will launch the book at this in conversation event alongside several experts in the field.

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16
Nov
2017

The problem with biologics - and why biosimilars are not the answer

Lisa Diependale

Due to a unique interplay of patent protection, regulatory exclusivity and trade secrets, the biopharmaceutical industry has so far been shielded from substantial generic competition. The introduction of biosimilars onto the market has not resulted in significant price reductions, and concerns regarding the substitution and interchangeability of original biologics with biosimilars persist.

This seminar will discuss how the biologics production process distorts the trade-offs that traditionally guided both patent protection and regulatory exclusivities: disclosure as key condition for benefiting from the corresponding monopoly position.

DNA strand

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21
Nov
2017

Fear not, Papa is here

Chris Houston, Imelda Deinla, Jon Altman, Virginia Marshall

Fear is a common currency of authoritarian political power and is being wielded by a growing cadre of international leaders, including Putin, Duterte, Erdoğan and Trump. There is also the less confronting but just as insidious political sibling of paternalism, which cloaks the denial of political, economic and social agency by disadvantaged peoples in the respectability of ‘meaning well’. This panel examines how fear is being exploited by both authoritarianism and paternalism.

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28
Nov
2017

Misplaced and misused fear

Kathryn Henne, Adam Henshke, Jeremy Youde

The relationship between fear and regulation is not well understood. Fear may be misplaced – think of our outsized fear of sharks, or it may be misused – as when fears of terrorism are used to justify curtailing civil liberties and invading privacy. This panel examines how fear has been misused and misplaced to justify either regulation or inaction.

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30
Nov
2017

Ecologically Responsive Regulation: searching for regulatory hope in Pandora’s Box of crises?

Fiona Haines

Multiple challenges are associated with designing regulation that takes seriously the proposition that we only have one planet. Intersecting ecological crises highlight the limitations of problem-based regulation in dealing adequately with the problem of ecological limits. This seminar will tease apart the possibilities within existing regulatory approaches to map out how ecologically responsive regulation might develop.

A female statue holding pandora's box

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30
Nov
2017

The Mindanao Elite Problem

Dr Charles G.L. Donnelly

The Mindanao problem is steeped in the search for identity, territory and legitimacy. The default setting and supreme aim of the modern Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines has been to achieve an independent Islamic state, to one day resemble a resource-rich polity like nearby Brunei. This goal, however, has been notoriously elusive. So too have been recent attempts to further devolve and decentralise the sub-national region, which consistently rates as the poorest and most corrupt area in the Philippines. Like other conflicts involving Muslim ethnic groups (e.g., southern Thailand, Myanmar and Afghanistan), the Bangsamoro Rebellion is layered, intractable and constantly evolving. As demonstrated by the recently concluded Marawi Siege, positive outcomes for the peace process have been continually challenged by agitations from violent extremists under the global war on terror rubric.

Dr Charles G.L. Donnelly argues that the Mindanao problem is an elite problem. Based on extended field research with elite respondents spanning several presidential administrations, Dr Donnelly considers perspectives from a range of elite actors to explore, explain and interpret the armed rebellion. In developing his elite typology and theoretical framework, he advances an interdisciplinary methodology that combines the tools and insights of Western social science paradigms in his examination of the age-old struggle. Primary consideration, however, is given to the deleterious role of Muslim elite disunity in addressing why the Bangsamoro Rebellion against the Philippine state is seemingly never-ending. Through a series of case studies outlining the dynamics of the region, Dr Donnelly illuminates his argument about the contradictory fusion of persistence and fragmentation as the central attribute of Muslim resistance.

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