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Sue Farran

Sue Farran

Professor of Laws, Northumbria University, Newcastle
I am an academic lawyer with a particular interest in the Pacific islands. I have researched and published on a range of human rights, family and resource issues. Recent work has focused on environmental concerns including but not limited to Marine Protected Areas, indigenous rights, climate risks.

Having initially majored in English and Social Anthropology, I studied law in the mixed jurisdiction of South Africa before post-graduate studies in South Africa and at Cambridge. I have held posts at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritizburg), the University of the West of England, the University of the South Pacific and at the University of Dundee, as well as teaching at universities in France and Malaysia. I am currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of the South Pacific and an Associate of the Centre for Pacific Studies at St Andrews University in Scotland.

Research interests are broadly human rights, particularly those of women and children, and the law that governs property, including but not limited to, land and intellectual property. My research often uses case studies from the island countries of the South Pacific region to focus on issues of human rights, legal pluralism, the challenges of development and sustainability, globalisation and legal colonialism. In particular I am interested in the interface between legal systems and normative frameworks within states and between states, and the relationship between national, regional and international players in shaping and developing legal responses to contemporary issues. I welcome interdisciplinary collaboration and research that escapes from the usual categorisation of legal topics.

Protecting marine areas seem a good idea – but they may have insidious political effects

Oct 09, 2018 13:00 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Zones of ocean known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are all the rage. They have no single or agreed definition, but essentially they are areas of sea in which human activity is restricted or prohibited in order to...

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How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

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Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

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Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

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Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

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How we can turn the tide for women in science

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