Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor at RegNet and also a Fellow at SSGM in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. The broad focus of Miranda’s research is investigating the possibilities and challenges of the inter-operation of state and non-state justice and regulatory systems.
At present her focus is on examining these issues in the context of both the protection of traditional knowledge and introduction of western intellectual property regimes, and also the regulation of sorcery and witchcraft related violence in Melanesia. Her research has had a strong focus on Vanuatu to date, but in the last few years she has also researched other countries in the Pacific islands region, particularly PNG, Fiji and Samoa.
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RegNet’s Miranda Forsyth took part in the Attorney General’s 2016 Pacific legal policy champions program last week. The program builds legal policy development capability in the region.
Joining legal officers from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, Miranda participated in subject-matter sessions as an expert and in practical workshops in policy development and implementation in the region. Topics of focus in the 2016 program included sexual and gender-based violence, cybercrime, police professional standards, illegal fishing and maritime pollution, and transnational organised crime.
After returning to their home nations around the Pacific, participants deliver the Attorney General’s Pacific Legal Policy Development Course at their home institutions.