Trade agreements increasingly include precise and ambitious environmental provisions. Despite the encompassing nature of these provisions, studies on their drivers and consequences remain scarce. This seminar will discuss findings from a novel dataset of 290 different types of environmental provision in 730 trade agreements. These findings are of particular relevance for research on treaty design, legal innovation, linkage politics, norm diffusion, and treaty effectiveness.
Between constraint and empowerment: International investment law and good governance in developing countries
In this seminar, Josef Ostřanský will discuss selected aspects of a comparative socio-legal research project on the impacts of investment treaties and arbitration on national governance. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in four states – Argentina, Czech Republic, India and Mexico, he will present novel findings about and conceptualisations of the interaction between the international investment law regime and national governance.
In the aftermath of the 2007/08 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) the aggressive tax planning by multi-national corporations (MNCs) has been in the spotlight. “Tax transparency” is seen by the OECD, governments and tax authorities as a potential countermeasure to curb such planning. Seven years after the OECD rolled out its BEPS Project (i.e. Base-Erosion and Profit-Shifting) in 2013, of which “transparency” is one of the pillars, the question is: “Are we perhaps expecting too much from tax transparency?”
This mid-term review seminar will consider the impact of the shift to greater tax transparency on the corporate tax behaviour of MNCs operating in Australia and examine whether or not tax transparency can realistically be the panacea to get MNCs to pay their “fair share” of taxes in the jurisdictions in which they operate.
The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and the School of Regulations (CRMS) and Global Governance (RegNet) are co-hosting a special seminar featuring Professor David Best and Claire Seppings. At this seminar Professor Best will present on ‘Strengths-based approaches to building justice capital in prisons’ and Claire Seppings on ‘Straight talking: Preliminary findings from a peer mentoring trial’
A different kind of weapon?: Rethinking force, nonviolence, and the protection of civilians in violent conflict
This mid-term review seminar provides a work-in-progress overview of Felicity Gray’s PhD research on the use of nonviolent actions for the protection of civilians in violent conflicts. Felicity will present an overview of her completed field work (with a particular focus on the South Sudan case study), initial observations and analysis from the data and map out how the analysis and writing phase will proceed.
This seminar will introduce a framework for analysing governance settings and policy responses related to diverse forms of illegal use of natural resources. This framework will allow an exploration of the similarities and differences of governance responses across diverse forms of illegal natural resources in various regions, for example, illegal logging, illegal fishing, poaching, illegal mining or illegal use of water use.
This symposium style event will examine the ANU’s research work in Africa, with a focus on research from the Fenner School of Environment & Society.
Through a series of presentations and round table discussions, the event will facilitate interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration, bringing different perspectives together to develop new research opportunities.
A lunch will be provided, allowing for networking and informal discussion. A program can be found below the speaker list.
This seminar will explore overreach of the state in each of three policy domains. Focusing primarily on liberal democratic states, it will seek to identify common explanations for state excess, based on structure, culture, psychology and politics. It will then specify appropriate institutions and practices for the control of overzealous government.
The recent bushfires, their scale and impact, made the impending ecological crisis more real and the need for action more urgent. But, how can we direct our agency to practical and tangible action? Come and join our panel discussion on how we can develop approaches to tie together climate action, community building and deep democratic renewal.
In the wake of a tragic summer, bush fires have torn across over 11 million hectares of bush, farmland, national parks and residences. State governments have declared states of emergency and disaster, 33 people have lost their lives, 2,000 houses have been destroyed, and many native species are now at risk. It is important to ask what happens now?
The statutory review into the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) being undertaken this year has largely gone unremarked. But the summer’s fires have changed the context entirely. This seminar will present ideas for how to use the review as an opportunity to recast environment protection laws from facilitating development to Earth-centred governance.
This seminar is part of the ANU Grand Challenge Project: Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. The seminar will discuss three scenarios as “ideal types” of available options for governing the cross-border clean technology dissemination surrounding intellectual property systems: external restraints, internal balancing and IP expansion. This seminar will recommend that states maximise flexibilities within the intellectual property system to safeguard cross-border clean technology dissemination.
Dairying is responsible for almost a quarter of national greenhouse gas emissions, but industry actors often interpret sustainability narrowly in terms of on-farm actions like fencing off water courses to reduce aquatic pollution. This seminar seeks to contribute to the discussion over what ‘sustainable’ agriculture means in the context of globalization by unpacking Aotearoa/New Zealand foodgetting over the longue durée. It will demonstrate how contemporary efforts by New Zealanders to reconcile dairying and climate change can be (and increasingly are being) informed by lessons from the past about how human inhabitants and users of these distinct environments, both Māori and pākehā, developed governance mechanisms to manage foodgetting collectively.
Regulations are generally rigid and complex. At times, however, policymakers are faced with a situation where they have to make very quick decisions and follow with rapid actions. The corona crisis has brought this tension up again.
Webinar: Compassion, justice and the law in the time of the COVID-19 crisis: Powerlessness and injustice inside jail and prison facilities
The unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has galvanised core human values of compassion and solidarity. The role of ‘compassion’ in law remains ambiguous and there is no universally accepted understanding of compassion as a principle in law - or how it is applied in mitigating suffering. The release of detainees and prisoners during the crisis has become an emergent practice in mitigating the spread of disease in jails and prisons. However, the Philippine Correctional System, with an average congestion of 500% and considered the most congested in the world, has not entertained such releases.
This webinar is part of the ANU Grand Challenge Project: Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. The webinar will discuss three scenarios as “ideal types” of available options for governing the cross-border clean technology dissemination surrounding intellectual property systems: external restraints, internal balancing and IP expansion. This webinar will recommend that states maximise flexibilities within the intellectual property system to safeguard cross-border clean technology dissemination.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for the ANU Community to learn about and celebrate our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In line with Reconciliation Australia’s theme for the week, In this together, join Professor Ian Anderson, Azure Hermes and Dr Virginia Marshall for the virtual 2020 ANU Reconciliation Week panel discussion.
Webinar: Strategic frames, unusual bedfellows and forum shopping: Insights into the barriers to and strategies for advancing a health equity agenda from social, trade and welfare policy analysis
How do policy actors advance prioritisation for health and equity in policy domains outside the traditional health sector? In this webinar, Dr Belinda Townsend outlines barriers and strategies from three in-depth qualitative case studies of public policy in Australia in the areas of employment (Paid Parental Leave), trade (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) and welfare reform (Northern Territory Emergency Response).
The recent bushfires and the present Coronavirus pandemic have made the impending ecological crisis more real and the need for action more urgent. But how can we direct our agency to practical and tangible action? Join our panel discussion on how we can develop approaches to tie together climate action, individual and community actions and deep democratic renewal.