Professor Veronica L. Taylor

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

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Law 180106
  • International Trade Law 180117
  • 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
  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Economic Development Policy 160505

Research interests

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


Veronica Taylor is a socio-legal scholar and Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and an ANU Public Policy Fellow.

Her major contribution to socio-legal studies centres on rule of law assistance as form of foreign policy and as an emergent field of professional practice. She examines (i) the rise of non-Western rule of law exporters; (ii) regulatory analysis of the rule of law industry; and (iii) empriical studies of the practice and professionalization of rule of law promotion and law and justice interventions.  

Veronica's current work draws on 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for the Asia Foundation, the International Development Law Organization, USAID, the World Bank, and (the former) AusAID, in Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, 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. 

Her parallel interest is the development of Asian legal systems, particularly Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Her earlier work includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, compeititon and corporate governance in Japan. She has also written and consulted extensively on legal education reform and the regulation of the legal profession in Asia.

Veronica Taylor has served as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (2014-2016), and as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU (2010-2014) (now the School of Regulation and Global Governance).  Prior to joining the ANU, she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle (2001-10). She has been a Visiting Professor at Leiden, Nagoya and Kobe universities and a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. She was previously Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne.


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