New dean for College of Asia and the Pacific

14 July 2014

Professor Veronica Taylor has been appointed Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP).

Professor Taylor will take on the role from July 14 following four years with the ANU Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) where she served as Professor and Director.

She is an ANU Public Policy Fellow and has also served as the Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy and Director of the ANU Japan Institute.

Professor Taylor said she is looking forward to leading the College.

“The Asia-Pacific century demands that we know more about the complexity of our region, and it requires insight from the widest range of disciplines,” she said.

“Leading the world’s best thinkers and teachers on Asia and the Pacific is a unique privilege; my aim is to share the excitement and significance of our work with the widest possible audience.”

Prior to joining ANU, Professor Taylor was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle from 2001-10. In 2010 she was the inaugural Hague Visiting Professor in Rule of Law, hosted by the University of Leiden and the Hague Institute for Internationalization of Law (HiiL).

As an international governance and rule of law advisor she has designed institutional reform projects for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and AusAID. Her projects have focused on Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.

ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, said Professor Taylor will bring a great wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

“The ANU is extremely fortunate to be appointing someone of such outstanding quality to one of our University’s key leadership positions,” he said.

“Professor Taylor has more than 25 years of experience in Asian and international law and academic governance. I look forward to the contribution she will make to CAP.

"I would also like to offer my thanks to Professor Andrew Walker for his contribution as Acting Dean. Andrew has made a remarkable contribution to the College at an important time in its development. I have particularly enjoyed working with him and wish to offer both my thanks and my congratulations for his contribution."