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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A delegation from The University of the South Pacific (USP) met scholars and officials of the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU on 12 April 2017.
The two universities are collaborating in a number of research areas including climate change, sustainable development and marine governance.
RegNet’s Miranda Forsyth has been collaborating with USP’s School of Law through the Pacific Constitutions Network and exploring the creation of community bylaws/ constitutions throughout the Pacific Islands region.
Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra said:
“There is a need for more capacity building for Pacific people and to understand the challenges faced in order to develop Pacific driven innovative solutions. USP will support such initiatives to enhance abilities of countries within the Pacific architecture.”
The University of the South Pacific is supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Read more about the visit here.