A team of ANU Law scholars has secured approval and funding for an international, interdisciplinary research study with their American counterparts into the backlash against global law and legal institutions.
Led by Associate Dean (Research) Dr Jeremy Farrall, the contributors include Associate Professor Jo Ford and Dr Imogen Saunders, plus colleagues from across ANU. The co-investigators are Prof Peter Danchin of the University of Maryland Law School and Prof Shruti Rana of Indiana University’s School of Global & International Studies.
“This project examines the fundamental problem of how current international instability affects the global legal order,” Dr Farrall wrote in his application for the ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme.
“It evaluates the impact of recent destabilising global political developments on four critical domains of the global legal order.”
These include the role of multilateral security and human rights organisations including the United Nations, the rise of populism, and the role of American power as an underwriter and guarantor of the global order.
The researchers will hold gatherings in Bloomington, Washington DC and Canberra that bring together interdisciplinary scholars and policymakers, then publish their working papers in a special issue of a top-ranked journal.
Dr Farrall said their topic was of interest to Australia’s foreign affairs and defence establishments, with recent White Papers by both entities focusing on strengthening the rules-based international order.
“This project will reinforce the University’s standing as contemporary national university and a valuable global resource,” he added.