Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the ANU, joined the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in celebrating their 15th birthday yesterday with the launch of the book Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications.
Director of RegNet Professor Sharon Friel welcomed the audience to this event by reflecting on how human inequalities and recent “tensions about national governance” have shown how important RegNet’s research and role in academia has become.
She highlighted how the book’s discussion of regulation cuts across the social sciences and is applicable nationally and globally, and revealed that the book has been downloaded over 10,000 times in the last four months.
Professor Peter Drahos, Professor in Law at RegNet, edited the large volume. He gave his thanks to the authors and other individuals who were crucial to its publication.
He explained how RegNet’s commitment to the intellectual commons led to the decision to make the book available for free online, and he challenged the audience to “think big” in their ideas - a concept that is fundamental to RegNet’s work over the past 15 years.
Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, congratulated RegNet on its 15th birthday and the publication of the new volume.
Praising the book Wesley described it as a “one stop shop for people who want to know about regulatory theory and its applications”.
Speaking more broadly about the College, Wesley said “the reason for our research is not narrow academic prestige but an absolute drive to make the world a better place”.
Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt welcomed the new book and noted that RegNet’s pursuit of information and agenda setting for national and global policy making is what enables the School to fulfil a unique role at the ANU.
Notable members of the audience, such as the former President of Kiribati Anote Tong, were acknowledged for their support of the day’s activities and contribution to discussion.
Words by Catia Rizio from The Monsoon Project.