Laura attended the 2013 Y20 Summit in Saint Petersburg where she represented The Australian National University. Laura is a Masters of Law Student and Masters of of Diplomacy student and was also a legal committee delegate at the World Model United Nations in Vancouver last year.
The G20s evolution can be characterised as a movement of the G20 from a technocratic to a highly political international institution. This paper addresses the criticisms of the effectiveness of the G20 and the reality that domestic politics plays a role in states compliance with asserted international commitments. The primary criticisms of the G20 to date include the forums lack of effectiveness and its inability to reach and implement consensus and produce tangible mechanisms for improving international financial regulation. This paper discusses the unique position Australia has in facilitating consensus and developing state accountability. Proactive steps on Australia’s part in 2013 can further lay the groundwork for greater progress during Australia’s 2014 presidency.Read More