This seminar will bring together four of RegNet’s leading thinkers on the investment treaty system. Anthea Roberts will set the scene of the processes to reform the investment treaty system that she is participating in and tracking at the UN level. Josef Ostřanský will present findings of a comparative socio-legal research project on the impacts of investment treaties on national governance. Ashley Schram will reflect on recent reforms to protect regulatory policy space for public health and opportunities to harness the system in a way that responds to 21st century global challenges. Emma Aisbett will outline a novel approach to compensation that deters predatory state actions while protecting the right of states to react to new information and protect public interest.
The conflict in Mindanao is one of the oldest in the world.
Welcome to 2050. We live in a healthy, sustainable and equitable world – how did we get here?
This seminar aims to understand the challenges and efficacy of Open and Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensor data for decision-making. Environmental challenges, data and organisations are used to understand these issues and asserts that our governance is fractured. Consequently, a Shared Environmental Information System that provides an integrated and holistic view offers a better model for environmental governance.
How does China achieve energy efficiency? Regulation, deliberation and learning within Chinese state-owned enterprises
This seminar looks at the regulation of energy efficiency in giant Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) operating in refining and petrochemicals. It asks what factors firms respond to and why, as they seek to become more energy efficient. Using the framework of regulatory theory, the thesis identifies factors that affect energy efficiency regulation in these SOEs in four cities: Xi’an, Shanghai, Luoyang and Ningbo.
Focusing on the Native Title Act and on resources such as fresh water, wildlife and fisheries, this seminar highlights the incoherence of Australia’s regulatory regimes that still fail to recognise the significance of customary non-commercial rights bestowed to Indigenous native title holders by the law. This seminar uses the term hybridity rather than legal plurality to complexify the inter-dependences and admixtures between customary and western property rights regimes in Australia today.
Global warming is a global threat to all of our futures. However to some it is a greater threat than others. For example, we may be on the verge of humanitarian disaster due to heat stress in rural and remote communities of northern and central Australia, and mass migration when sea level rises in low-lying island nations of the Pacific. As is often the case, the people least able to adapt might be among the ones who are most affected.
Indigenous research requires a new approach. Developing strategies to meet the demands of institutions and the Academy are often in conflict with Indigenous community protocols. The sharing of knowledge with Indigenous participants and organisations is more than emailing a report, providing a brochure and an executive summary. There are shifts by Indigenous peoples in Australia to reclaim the control and management in the ever-increasing demands for research projects and accumulating Indigenous intellectual property. This seminar presents the significance of Indigenous-led research.
Law and Justice Development Community of Practice 2019 Annual Workshop: Exploring the relationship between ideas and practice
The law, development and governance field is replete with good ideas that are intended to inform programming and ensure improved outcomes. Research, piloting, reviews, and monitoring and evaluation are all intended to advance and test such ideas within donor-funded programs.
To reach the climate-aligned goals set by Asia Pacific nations seeking to avoid escalating ecological crisis, unprecedented amounts of finance must be invested. There has thus been significant optimism surrounding the notion of climate finance regionally. This seminar investigates whether or not this finance is delivering on these high hopes.
Despite mounting evidence of a climate crisis, some fossil fuel industries continue to resist action. Indeed it is impossible to imagine a clean energy revolution occurring without overcoming the political opposition from oil, gas and coal industries that have generated great wealth from burning fossil fuels. This talk will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with two leading thinkers on climate change politics in Australia- Pat Conroy MP, Shadow Minister Assisting for Climate Change and Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO, Australian Conservation Foundation.