Prof Veronica Taylor


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Veronica L. Taylor is an international lawyer and socio-legal scholar. Her current work centres on the regulatory dimensions of international law and justice norm-making, particularly rule of law assistance and its intermediation as foreign policy, commercial activity and a professional practice.

She has contributed extensively to the study of Asian legal systems. In  Japan and  Indonesia her work includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, competition and corporate governance and now higher education reform and research and development policy. in the Philippines and Afghanistan she has worked on legal pluralism and legal education; in Myanmar she works on the regulatory dimensions of law and rebuilding the higher education system. She has also written and consulted extensively on the regulation of the legal profession in Asia.

Her work draws on 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for international and bilateral aid programmes in 15 countries for organizations including the Asia Foundation, the International Development Law Organization, USAID, the World Bank, and (the former) AusAID. The normative core of her work is how to transform legal networks and institutions in developing Asia in ways that are effective and just, while making powerful actors more accountable. Veronica has supervised more than 40 PhD, Masters and Honours-level research projects. 

At ANU Veronica has had two terms as Director of  the ANU Japan Institute and is an ANU Public Policy Fellow. Her external engagement includes co-convening the Australian Law and Justice Development Community of Practice. She is a member of the Executive of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee and a Director of the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies. From 2020 she is a non-Executive Director of ANU Enterprise, the commerical arm of the Australian National University.

Veronica Taylor joined ANU in 2010 as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) (2010-2014) (now the School of Regulation and Global Governance) and served as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (2014-2016). Prior to joining the ANU, she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle.



Research interests

Law and society in Asia; regulation and global governance; corporate governance; rule of law promotion; law and justice interventions; policy design; gender equity and inclusion; higher education.

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Expertise Areas

  • Economic Development Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Gender Specific Studies
  • Studies of Asian Society
  • Access to Justice
  • Comparative Law
  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
  • Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession


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