A civil society hearing on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill
How easy is it to become a cybercrime victim? How safe and easy is it to purchase illicit products on the internet? The ANU Cybercrime Observatory will tackle these questions and discuss their recent work on email scams and darknet crypto-markets. The panel will discuss feasible options for combating crypto-markets and other on-line market forms.
Double billed Philippine Forum Series Event with NEDA Policy Advisor Desiree Joy Narvaez and ANU PhD Candidate Christopher Cabuay.
Desiree will speak on Ambisyon Natin 2040. Chris will speak on the efficacy of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
Across industrialised countries, refugees’ labour market participation remains low. This seminar will explore the relevance of the local policy environment, and of non-governmental organisations in providing labour market support. It will compare the experiences of refugees in the province of Quebec in Canada and in Brussels, Belgium.
Writing is central to the academic vocation. It is also one of the most difficult elements of our work. How do we manage it? This session uses one scholar’s practices as a springboard for a roundtable discussion on what works, why and how. This event is designed for PhD students and early career researchers.
Globalisation of law and markets has become highly controversial. Terence Halliday’s new book Global Lawmakers reveals how the United Nations makes commercial law for the world, and who comes out ahead. Terence will launch the book at this in conversation event alongside several experts in the field.
There is no longer a single focus or locus of global climate action. In this talk, Prof Hoffmann discusses a way to conceive of the multilevel governance challenge and politics of decarbonization and an empirical strategy for exploring how a diverse range of decarbonization initiatives can catalyze transformation.
Regulatory scholars and others have long maintained that it is beneficial if industry rule-making is ‘responsive’ to the ‘practices and norms’ of all interested parties. Moreover, better-targeted and more reasonable rules are believed to increase the probability that industry will comply with them. However, there remains a lack of clarity about what responsiveness means in a rule-making context, and we still know surprisingly little about the mechanisms that are needed to activate and sustain responsive industry rule-making. This seminar explores these issues drawing on three case studies in the Australian telecommunications sector.
How can we approach redress for mass atrocities across time and space? A range of scholarly disciplines have sought to explore notions of redress but rarely do they engage in sustained dialogue about how we might think more creatively about redress.
In this series of events, scholars from the fields of anthropology, criminology, geography, law and political science will present their own current research while seeking to build a shared language around redress and the international.
Transitions from war to peace hold potential to transform gender relations. This lecture/seminar will critically examine how transitional justice mechanisms may contribute to the building of a gender-just peace in societies emerging from violent conflicts.
Irus Braverman writes that ‘the potential for […] reflections on our highly routinized ways of working cannot be overstated’, adding that ‘one’s choice of methodology is hardly marginal or technical [rather] it is probably the most significant component of our work, the substrate for establishing our knowledge of the world’ (Braverman 2014).
In the wake of genocide and mass harm, international criminal justice offers a global ideal of justice. But what does this mean?.
The three pillars in conflict reconstruction are Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). This seminar critically examines the current approaches to evaluating the reintegration of children affected by armed conflict. These tend to be technocratic, psychological, or individualistic in emphasis. This contrasts with the growing recognition, within the literature, of the central role of approval and acceptance at the local level.
Today, corruption in Myanmar is not only a major problem for the country’s economic and political reforms, but also a threat to the country’s national security and economic development. It can be seen at all levels of the state’s regulatory agencies, from the national institutions down to the regional and local administrative levels. Myanmar deserves a credible, responsible and accountable government that represents the interests of the nation and its future generations.
Innovations in development cooperation: Lessons from the Coalitions for Change Program in the Philippines
Established in 2012, the Coalitions for Change (CfC) program is the centrepiece of the Manila partnership between the Australian aid program and The Asia Foundation. As it has evolved, CfC has sought to innovate flexible approaches to development cooperation that focus upon the goal of promoting transformative change. Unlike more traditional approaches, commonly focused on technical assistance and capacity building while working through long-term formal partnerships, the hallmark of CfC is its willingness to attempt nimble manoeuvres in complex political environments.
Walls have been used for centuries as a form of protection against a variety of threats, real or perceived. They have been built to defend against thefts, invasions and threats to cultural identity.
Today more than 70 walls or barriers stand or are being planned by States to prevent entry to their territory. This is despite the perception that we are living in a time where borders are losing their relevance in the face of the necessities of a globalised world.
In this final presentation of her PhD thesis, Marie-Eve explores the link between law and walls, looking in particular at the wall between the US and Mexico.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda has passionately pushed for more policy integration. For as long as bureaucracy has existed, ministerial silos have been preventing integration across sectors. The problem is so intractable that the prominent scholar Guy Peters characterizes policy coordination as the ‘holy grail of public administration’.
I ask the question of how can we facilitate integration in bureaucratic institutions that are interest-obsessed, idea-focussed, power-hungry, and attention-deficient.
The idea of development has been scrutinised as a ‘Western’ metaphor ordering global difference, and as a banner under which diverse schemes for societal improvement find legitimacy and common purpose. But how is development assimilated into the worldviews of the people on the receiving end?
In Pursuit of Progress explores myths, meanings and practices of ‘development’, ‘progress’ and ‘modernisation’ on the Philippine island of Siquijor. It asks how such meta-narratives are entangled in people’s identities and life trajectories. How do they shape people’s understandings of their histories, their place in the world, and their dreams for the future?
The book contributes to debates in anthropology, sociology, and development studies regarding how discourses of development act on local and global power relations.
To what extent do policies in Australia consider the social determinants of health and health equity?
This presentation will draw on findings from two ARC Discovery projects which have examined the extent to which Australian public policies incorporate consideration of the social determinants of health and health equity (SDH/HE).
In this research, I am looking into a series of restorative justice (RJ) reforms promoted by Chinese government within the last decade. Specifically, as it investigates both the restorative programs that are universally implemented in Chinese criminal justice system (i.e. people’s mediation, public order mediation and criminal reconciliation), and an indigenous mediation (De Gu mediation) particularly practiced by the Yi People in an ethnic region of southwest China.
Can shale gas development in Mexico, a wicked problem, be smart regulated? A qualitative analysis of the regulatory setting, challenges and perspectives.
Jewish practices have come increasingly under legal and political pressure across several countries of the West. Iceland is currently debating a ban on male circumcision and in 2017, the Belgian region of Wallonia joined other countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, and Switzerland by drafting a law which bans the kosher and halal slaughter of animals for meat production
This paper argues for a reimagining that will avoid the ineffectiveness, helplessness before change, complicity in subversion, and irrelevance, of conventional understandings. The approach begins by asking about the point of the rule of law, what it might be good for, and then advocates moving from there to contingent and variable answers to questions about how to get there. We must also be prepared to amend both questions and answers, indeed re-imagine them quite radically, where they mislead or do not lead far enough. So much so, that to further the ends of the rule of law, we might need to leave conventional imaginings of it far behind.
As the Duterte administration marks its two-year anniversary, the Philippines is undergoing a series of internal and external shocks that go to the heart of its constitution and its legal and social policy contract with its citizens.
Upstreamers & downstreamers: Promoting investment in First Peoples through the creation of exclusive rights
Join Dr Virginia Marshall, the ANU inaugural Indigenous Post-Doctoral Fellow for the ANU Reconciliation Week Lecture, ‘Upstreamers & downstreamers: Promoting investment in First Peoples through the creation of exclusive rights’.
Emerging from the rubble of the Cold War, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was, until 2016, the newest of the big Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs.
How can public health authorities reconcile their regulatory and catalyst roles in creating healthier food environments?
Dr Chantal Blouin is an international expert on health governance, especially for NCDs, and was a panel member of the Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.
Restorative inquiries and hope: learning and healing in universities, deaths in custody and institutional settings
Restorative inquiries create a shared space to develop solutions, to make changes and to bring hope for the future. They can also give rise to resistance, which needs to be understood and addressed. Jennifer will discuss some of these complexities in the context of her experiences in these inquiries.
Conversations on the use of Restorative Practices in Human Services – some international perspectives
At this Workshop, Jennifer and Gale will provide some starting thoughts for a rich conversation about how commitment to restorative practices could build relationships based on trust and meaningful engagement
Drawing from PhD research investigating on how health equity is operationalized at multi-level governance, across multiple sectors, author suggests governing the ideational space of intersectoralism may bring about important changes.
This thesis project will examine lawyer regulation in Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu. It will explore how lawyers’ conduct is influenced by state and non-state structures and seek to identify elements that are important to locally relevant and effective lawyer regulation.
Cynthia Banham will discuss her recent family memoir, A Certain Light, which she wrote after completing her PhD at RegNet. It tells the difficult stories of survival of three generations of her family: her grandfather’s experiences as an Italian Military Internee in Germany, her mother’s struggles as a young migrant in Australia, and her own, as a journalist injured in a plane crash ten years ago.
In this era of populist revolt around the world, we need a full-throated defense of cosmopolitan pluralism: a scheme of governance that recognizes the importance of inter-locking networks of communication and cooperation, but also respect for local variation.
‘Wet-nursing’ has been transformed by modern technologies into milk banks in hospitals, exchanges of breastmilk in the community via social media and trade in human milk products, raising questions about safety, ethics and competition for supply. This research investigates how collective acts to share milk by mothers to address individual feeding problems are shaped by the regulatory regime for infant feeding in Australia, including biological, legal, social and market rules.
Dr. Eric Kwa, CEO of the Papua New Guinea Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) will present to the Australian National University RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, an overview of the scope of the review of Papua New Guinea’s Organic law on National and Local Level Government, related electoral laws, processes and systems and Electoral Systems by the Government of Papua New Guinea.
Codification and Creation of Community & Customary Laws in the South Pacific and Beyond Conference was hosted at The Australian National University 26-27 July 2018.
Agricultural cooperatives’ long-held redistributive function- one of moral economy and poverty alleviation- has changed dramatically as they emerge as core brokers for agro-industrial development in the so-called ‘green economy’.
Just Interests: Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice contributes to extended conversations about the idea of justice – who has it, who doesn’t and what it means in the everyday setting of criminal justice. It challenges the usual representation of people victimized by violence only as victims, and re-positions them as members of a political community. Departing from conventional approaches that see victims as a problem for law to contain, Robyn Holder draws on democratic principles of inclusion and deliberation to argue for the unique opportunity of criminal justice to enlist the capacity of citizens to rise to the demands of justice in their ordinary lives.
This edited volume celebrates the significant contributions of Peter Grabosky to the field of Criminology, and in particular, his work developing and adapting regulatory theory to the study of policing and security.
The role of Geographic Information Services (GIS) in governance and regulation and CartoGIS Services supporting research and education
This seminar will examine how governments are using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping to facilitate and support regulation. It will examine the GIS and mapping resources available to academics in CAP through CartoGIS Services. Finally, it will explore the ways that GIS can be used to engage with issues and answer questions at a range of spatial and temporal scales.
Under President Duterte, the rule of law is fast eroding, as the three pillars of his strongman rule show. First is his centerpiece program, the war on drugs, the rock on which his strongman rule stands. Annihilating suspected drug users will not solve the problem of illicit drug use. But that is not the point of Duterte’s war. It is meant to intimidate and sow fear in the public, a means of control. More than 4,000 have been killed in what the police claim are “legitimate” operations. Cases questioning the constitutionality of the drug war are pending in the Supreme Court which is dominated by pro-Duterte justices.
The influence and consequences of ‘securitizing’ pandemic prevention and response in Australia (Mid Term Review)
In this mid-term review, Tim will present preliminary findings from his research into the securitisation of infectious diseases in Australian law-making and the response to the 2014-16 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and pandemic influenza. The presentation will highlight early insights from Tim’s analysis of legislative history and interviews with senior officials, life-science researchers and politicians.
Is there collaborative governance in the health sector in Timor-Leste? In this mid-term review, Belinda Lawton will discuss her preliminary findings after three field trips to Timor-Leste. The presentation will highlight early insights from Belinda’s analysis of family planning policy in Timor, from interviews across the government and non-government sectors and observation of debate around the proposed policy changes in 2017.
Theory and empirical evidence tells us that health inequities arise because of a toxic combination of poor social policies, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics. These, in turn, affect the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Why then, 10 years after the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health made recommendations about what could be done to address these issues has very little changed?
RegNet and Fenner Schools will co-host a special seminar to offer ANU Faculty and Staff an opportunity to engage with Eugene Bargo, CAP Garrurru Visting Scholar.
Elke Dawson is the Manager, Open Research within Scholarly Information Services which also encompasses the Library, ANU Press and University Archives and Records.
Adapting legal responses to violations in the Philippines: Civil society, the Commission on Human Rights and the war (s) of the roads
In February 2018, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into alleged international crimes committed during President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’. This is the first formal ICC examination of alleged international crimes in Southeast Asia, but will highlight frictions between the ICC’s universalist aspirations and the diverse responses to alleged international crimes in the Philippines. These include civil society organisation (CSO) advocacy, monitoring mechanisms, investigations by multiple official agencies and the Commission on Human Rights, an “International Humanitarian Law” Act, and the ratification – and withdrawal from – the Rome Statute. But what are the laws for prosecuting international crimes in the Philippines – and how do they differ from the Rome Statute? How might one assess the relationship between CSOs and the Commission in securing the prosecution of alleged international crimes
What happens when a regulatory system breaks with ‘best practice’? This talk presents the results of an empirical study of civil oversight systems found in prisons in Japan and the ACT, one hewing to Eurocentric human rights norms, while the other charts its own path. The study asks how each system works in practice, and what impact each has, using data gathered from over 2500 ‘insider’ actors: prisoners, civil overseers, and corrections officers.
The Philippines Competition Act seeks to level the playing field for all businesses, with the hope that this will lead to more inclusive, sustainable growth and development for the Philippines economy. For micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), a level playing field should provide opportunities as markets open and become more competitive. An effectively enforced competition law should also give MSMEs the ability to complain about the anti-competitive behaviours of their competitors, customers or suppliers. For these reasons, the law should be viewed as a positive development for small business in the Philippines.
Recent years have seen a surge in political campaigns, government actions and international initiatives directly targeting fossil fuels (rather than greenhouse gases per se). Drawing on a suite of recent publications, Fergus Green will explain how the new politics of fossil fuels mobilises grassroots supporters, challenges the legitimacy of the fossil fuel industry, builds global moral norms against fossil fuels, and facilitates international cooperation.
Mindanao is found in the southern most part of the Philippines. It has the largest concentration of ethnic minorities in the country. They include the Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Ilanun, and Sangil; all are Muslim groups sometimes collectively called the Moro. Groups usually found in the uplands include the T’boli, Subanon, Bukidnon, Bagobo, Mandaya, and Manobo. Another important group is the Tiruray, whose religion is a mixture of Christian, Muslim, and local beliefs. Because of its large expanses of undeveloped fertile land, Mindanao has been considered the country’s “pioneer frontier” or to many the “land of promise”.
Transparency does not necessarily yield accountability, nor trigger internal behavioural changes in business. What conditions might determine whether mandatory reporting regimes deliver these objectives? This seminar explores what theoretical basis there might be for the new wave of legislative schemes that seek to compel businesses to report on human rights risks, but which do not prescribe any penalty for non-reporting.
Inspired by John Braithwaite’s Cascade of Violence framework, this panel traces the cascade of disruptions on the trade, political, environmental, social and security landscapes in Asia Pacific. In a similar way that Steven Pincus has studied the British empire as a whole rather than individual colonized states, we present Asia Pacific as a highly disruptive and disrupted region in this post-colonial era.
What regulatory and governance changes are needed to create a society where health equity and the public good are at the centre?
Corporate political activity agents: Understanding how firms use expert consultants to exchange information with regulators of risky products (M.Phil Final)
A Master’s thesis on how firms use expert consultants to exchange information with regulators of risky products.
An activist, an economist, a geographer and an acrobat want to change the course of the Anthropocene. The accountant in us all asks: ‘how are you going to pay for that?’
In this session, participants will explore how and why arts practices can generate transformative change in public spaces and organisations. Inherently participatory, arts enhance belonging. Belonging is one of our earliest impulses; it shapes and is shaped by our relationships. Yet not everyone belongs equally. This workshop connects art-making to social justice, drawing on Michelle’s work as an international mediation and reconciliation practitioner.
Predatory capitalism refers to cultural acceptance of domination and exploitation as normal economic practice. Examples include not only corporate and financial fraud and political corruption that goes unchallenged, but also the undermining of trade unions, the suppression of wages, the promulgation of economic slavery, and wealth creation through imposing debt on vulnerable entities.
Innovative bureaucracy is an oxymoron. The slow-grinding and incremental nature of policy development stamps any imagination and creativity out of a bureaucrat. Policy entrepreneurs in the sustainable development field use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda as a contagion to spread sustainability principles and ideas across the government ministries.
It’s been 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health reported on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity.