Rethinking international cooperation: crime, policy and politics in Australia-Indonesia relations

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Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 23 April 2015


Seminar Room 3, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Michael McKenzie


Dr Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Nations are increasingly seeking to work together in response to challenging cross-border problems like transnational crime.  Yet, such cooperation often proves difficult to realise in practice.  This dilemma has prompted a significant body of scholarship on the conditions that promote international cooperation, but to date there is little academic consensus on what these conditions are. 

Michael McKenzie’s thesis seeks to provide a new perspective on this problem by examining it through the analytic frame of transnational legal orders (TLOs).  Using a qualitative case study of criminal justice cooperation between Australia and Indonesia, it asks: what are the role and dynamics of international cooperation in the development of crime control TLOs in the region?   In this PhD Mid-term Seminar, Michael will outline his research project, and share his preliminary findings. 

Prior to commencing his PhD at RegNet in 2013, Michael worked in the International Legal Assistance Branch of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.  In this role, he managed programs to assist Indonesia and Cambodia to strengthen their transnational crime laws.  Michael previously worked at the Australian Government Solicitor.  While at AGS he spent two years seconded to AusAID where he helped set up the Australian Civilian Corps. 

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