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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Miranda Forsyth has been awarded a College of Asia and the Pacific–University of South Pacific (USP) Strategic Partnership Development Grant for a conference on constitutional developments in the Pacific Islands. The grant will contribute to the cost of convening a conference to be hosted at USP Emalus in November 2016 which will bring together ANU Pacific constitutional scholars with USP scholars and established scholars from other universities in the region to discuss issues of current significance relating to constitutional developments. The project aims to build linkages between established Pacific constitution scholars within USP and ANU, to enhance research collaboration (especially with the USP School of Law) and to develop the capacity of emerging scholars in this field.