The presentation will be a summary of my new book “The Social Contagion of Hope” which examines the ways that communities can support inclusion and reintegration of marginalised groups such as offenders and drug users. The focus is on developing a method to promote and sustain active community engagement in creating pathways to community assets and resources
In this seminar, Anqi Shen used wine counterfeiting in China as a case study to discuss: the definitional issue of product counterfeiting; the scope, scale and organisation of the counterfeiting business; and the policing of product piracy. Rather than focusing on the protection of intellectual property rights, there was emphasis placed on public health concerns with regard to dangerous counterfeit goods to attract public and law enforcement attention.
Contagion and Containment of Violence: the Case of Sorcery Accusations and Related Violence in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea
How and why do particular forms of violence spread across populations during particular periods? This question is interrogated through an empirical account of the current epidemic of violence against individuals accused of practising sorcery in the Enga province of the Papua New Guinean Highlands.
Meredith Edelman will make her final thesis presentation on “Judging the Church: Legal Systems and Accountability for Clerical Sexual Abuse of Children. Her work considers four different legal systems in two Catholic dioceses: the diocese of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia, and the diocese of Gallup in Northern New Mexico and Arizona in the United States. Each diocese has seen a relatively high number of victims come forward with allegations of abuse, and a range of different legal systems used to respond to those claims. The purpose of the thesis is to compare the legal systems. Meredith is supervised by Professor John Braithwaite.
Why and how Mexico said no to shale gas development and Australia said yes? The implications and challenges moving forward
Mexico and Australia have, respectively, the sixth and seventh unproved technically recoverable wet shale gas resources. Thus, what happens with these resources matters for their societies. It is also relevant for regional trade. And from a global perspective considering the impact of shale resources development on global warming. Whereas Mexico has stopped fracking, Australia is poised for large scale development of shale gas. Why and how, and the implications and challenges, to be presented.
Updates on socio-economic agenda and key legislative priorities of the Duterte administration:2019-2022
This presentation will highlight laws passed during the last three years (2016-18) of the Duterte’s administration in line with his 10-point socio-economic agenda including any variations thereof. The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), as the executive’s legislative arm in coordination with the Philippine Congress, monitors and tracks these priorities with various departments and government agencies. Further, PLLO will present the key legislative priorities of this administration for the remaining three years (2019-2022)
Join colleagues from the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in an intimate roundtable event with Dr Cathy Wilkinson, CEO of EPA Victoria. There will be a brief presentation by Dr Wilkinson on environmental regulation strategy followed by Q&A.
This research examines how various groups of stakeholders perceived Tasmania Together (TT), South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP), and Western Australia’s State Sustainability Strategy as an over-arching holistic sustainability public policy. It also investigates their opinions on the apparent political implications as well as the benefits of these policies.
The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper highlighted how forces of change are challenging the rules-based global order upon which Australia’s security and prosperity has depended since the Second World War. At this moment of uncertainty in Australian foreign policy, how well-equipped are Australian academics to contribute to navigating a way forward? Asking this question invites reflection on the state of foreign policy studies in Australia as well as the extent to which the study and practice of foreign policy are (or could, or even should be) connected.
In this seminar, Kate presents her doctoral research on the role courts play in one of the most significant problems facing the international refugee protection regime: that the places in which people seek refuge are often as dangerous and bleak as the conditions they fled. Kate’s case studies across four continents indicate that legal decision-makers have, at times, played a powerful role in facilitating refugees’ journeys in search of sanctuary but have ultimately compounded the difficulties inherent in finding genuine refuge.
After some ups and downs during the late Aquino and present Duterte era, the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was finalized in 2018, followed with the ratification of the law by the people on 21 January 2019 and 6 February 2019. Whilst the first plebiscite already did result in the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the city of the Cotabato voted “Yes” in a surprising twist of events, the island town of Isabela City did not join the BARMM. Moreover, the province of Sulu voted for the No as well, albeit the island remains highly divisive. The 6 February plebiscite conducted in various barangays and towns of North Cotabato and the province of Lanao del Norte – both arguably arteries of the peace process, posed a reality check on the readiness of Mindanao’s tri-peoples to fully embrace the BOL as a key instrument for peace. The talk will focus on conduct, outcome and assessment of both plebiscites as well as potential scenarios for the future.
In response to the growing crisis of legitimacy of the international investment treaty regime, we propose a new liability and compensation rule based on a law & economics understanding of the function of these treaties. While our rule does not always achieve a global first-best, it does ensure that participation in treaties brings benefits for both “host” and “source” states. This Pareto-improving property contrasts to the existing regime or previous canonical compensation rules.
Health governance in strengthening the referral system to reduce maternal mortality in local communities of Manila
Maternal mortality in the Philippines continues to be a significant public health concern even in metropolitan urban centres. Annually, 20-25 maternal deaths occur in Manila City despite the availability and access to significant health resources in public hospitals and maternity facilities. This ‘silent disaster’ needs to be addressed through a range of maternal health services, policies and programs. The untimely deaths of women during pregnancy is a tragedy for families and a social capital and economic productivity loss to the city and the country.
In August 2017 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs instructed the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire and report on the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander style merchandise for sale across Australia; and to provide options for its restriction. In December 2018 the Committee’s report was completed. In this seminar I critically engage with the Committee’s recommendations and ask ‘Can the authenticity of Indigenous art be effectively regulated?
The noncommunicable disease (NCD) crisis in the Pacific is in close correlation with the increased demand and supply of unhealthy commodities in the region. Yet the governments of Pacific Island Countries struggle with regulating these goods, because commercial influence fragments, captures and limits policy makers. In her Mid-Term Review presentation, Dori Patay will present the early findings of her PhD research and will demonstrate the ways the persuading power of health can be strengthened in intersectoral policy making.
This talk examines the analytic and practical impact of recasting the governance challenge of decarbonisation in terms of fractal systems. I explore the nature and politics of fractal carbon lock-in and discuss the preliminary results of a six-year project exploring diverse initiatives that seek to disrupt carbon lock-in and usher in decarbonisation.
Foreign Direct Investment and investment governance have become flash points for controversies over environmental protection, public health and policy autonomy. Battles between states and corporations over policies promoting renewable energy, reducing tobacco use, and keeping drugs affordable have been protracted and expensive. Rethinking International Investment Governance offers an exploration of how the system could be reimagined and reformed to better align with sustainable development goals.
This talk will discuss the emergence of a concept of environmental justice in Victorian government policy and law reform following the Hazelwood coalmine fire in the Latrobe Valley and in the jurisprudence of the chief justice of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court in relation to proposed coal-mining activities in the Hunter Valley.
The ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) are joining forces to host this half day symposium to tackle the current climate and health crisis. Led by Professor Sharon Friel (Director, RegNet), the symposium will bring together experts from academia, civil society and government, with a focus on public health, climate science, regulatory governance, and public policy. The symposium will include a Radio National Big Ideas panel discussion hosted by Paul Barclay, and will conclude with a launch of Sharon Friel’s new book, Climate Change and the People’s Health (OUP), and networking drinks.
Climate Change and the People’s Health is part of the Oxford University Press series “Small Books Big Ideas in Population Health”. The book focuses on climate change’s contribution to health inequities and introduces the concept of ‘consumptagenic systems’ – a new framework for understanding the common drivers of climate change, social inequity and poor health – how they interact and amplify one another. A key feature of the book is not on the problem but on pathways forward, using systems approaches to understand what can be done to mitigate future harm, and drawing on political science to understand the processes involved in moving this agenda forward.
This presentation explores the use of covert investigative techniques by law enforcement, principally in the area of online child sexual exploitation, as well as the legal position of service providers and individuals. How do online “sting” operations overcome legal restrictions? Can private actors use similar deceptive techniques? What role do service providers have, given increasing regulatory pressures to participate in the detection of harmful online content?
Governments have long relied on non-state entities to assist in the implementation of public policy. They have also engaged criminal actors to this end. This presentation will provide examples of such collaboration. It will discuss strategic considerations giving rise to these engagements, pitfalls that beset them, and ethical considerations that might inform the decision to form state-criminal partnerships.
Social conflict about land use change is regularly dysfunctional; people focus on defeating their opponents at the expense of securing a workable solution to how we should manage our land. Wind energy development has been especially prone to dysfunctional social conflict. In this talk, we explore how social identity helps to explain dysfunctional social conflict and consider its promise as part of a solution.
The Australian Institute of Criminology has once again teamed up with the Australian National University to host the 2019 Organised Crime Research Forum on 30 - 31 May. The primary purpose of the forum is to help build Australia’s research capacity focused on organised crime by bringing together academics to discuss their work in this area.