Professor Veronica L. Taylor

Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61 431 665 374

Areas of expertise

  • Public Policy 160510
  • Economic Development Policy 160505
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121
  • Access To Justice 180102

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.


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 study of Asian legal systems, particularly Japan and Indonesia, where her earlier work includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, competition and corporate governance. Her current comparative legal work focuses on legal pluralism in the Philippines and the regulatory dimensions of rebuilding the legal system in Myanmar. She has also written and consulted extensively on legal education reform and 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. She has worked in Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the United States. 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. 

At the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at ANU Veronica is Professor of Law and Regulation, where she convenes the Law, Human Rights and Justice cluster and is Director-designate of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ).Veronica has supervised more than 40 PhD, Masters and Honours-level research projects. 

At ANU Veronica directs 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; a Director of the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies; and a member of the Oceania Advisory Committee for Meridian 180.

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.




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