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 scholar Miranda Forsyth has taught a unit on sorcery accusation related violence in the Diploma of Justice Administration course at Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea. The course aims to build capacity in the justice sector, bringing together a range of justice administrators including those from the public prosecutor’s office, corrections, police, juvenile justice and village courts.