Dr Rebecca Scott Bray
BA (Hons) ANU MCrim Syd PhD Melb
+61 2 9351 4086
Dr Rebecca Scott Bray is Co-Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School. Her research focuses on the coronial jurisdiction and issues around the dead. She has taught criminology at the University of Melbourne, and thereafter worked as Co-ordinator of Coronial Inquests for the Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia. Before her appointment at the University of Sydney, Rebecca was a Research Officer at the Victorian Coroner’s Office.
Co-Director, Sydney Institute of Criminology
Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies
Director, Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies
Coronial law and practice, inquests and death investigation, medico-legal and forensic criminology, cultural criminology, and the intersections of crime, law and culture as they involve the dead body.
- Editorial Committee, Alternative Law Journal
- NSW Convenor, Editorial Board, Alternative Law Journal (July 2011-January 2012; October 2009 – July 2010)
- Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand
- Member, Sydney Institute of Criminology
- Member, Sydney Forensic Medicine and Science Network
- Member, Sydney Biopolitics of Science Network
Courses currently taught
- SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies
- SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society
- SCLG2634 Crime, Punishment and Society
- SLSS2603 Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology
- (forthcoming 2012) Crime Scenes: Forensics and Aesthetics, Routledge-Cavendish, Discourses of Law series
- Berg, L, Townsley, L and Scott Bray, R (2011) ‘Unmasking the Law’ Alternative Law Journal 36(4)
- Biber, K, with Berg, L, Scott Bray, R, and Townsley, L (2010) ‘Can Law Protect Us?’ Alternative Law Journal (2010) 35(4)
- Scott Bray, R and Dalton, D (2009) ‘Crime Scenes’ Law Text Culture 13.
- Scott Bray, R (2012) 'Executive impunity and parallel justice? The United Kingdom debate on secret inquests and inquiries', Journal of Law and Medicine 19(3): 569-592.
- Scott Bray, R (2011) ‘Teresa Margolles's Crime Scene Aesthetics’ South Atlantic Quarterly Fall 110(4): 933-948.
- Scott Bray, R. (2010) ‘Death Scene Jurisprudence: The Social Life of Coronial Facts’ Griffith Law Review 19(3): 567-592.
- Scott Bray, R. and Dalton, D. (2009) ‘Crime Scenes’ Law Text Culture 13: 5-12.
- Scott Bray, R (2009) ‘Eva Frapiccini and Muri di piombo’ Law Text Culture 13: 356-364.
- Scott Bray, R (2008) “‘Why This Law?": Vagaries of Jurisdiction in Coronial Reform and Indigenous Death Prevention’, Australian Indigenous Law Review Vol. 12 Special Edition 2: 27-44.
- Scott Bray, R (2007) 'En Piel Ajena: The Work of Teresa Margolles', special issue of Law Text Culture, vol 11: 13-50.
- Scott Bray, R (2006) 'Fugitive Performances of Death and Injury', Law Text Culture, Vol 10: 41-71.
- Scott Bray, R (2004) 'Graven Images: The Hart Island Project', in Studies in Law, Politics and Society, An Aesthetics of Law and Culture: Texts, Images, Screens, (eds) P. Rush and A. Kenyon, Volume 34: 179-200.
- Scott Bray, R (1999) 'Suturing the Narrative Body', Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 13(2) September: 119-128.
- Scott Bray, R. (2012) 'We're owed the truth about deaths by police' The Drum, Wednesday 18 April.
- Scott Bray, R (forthcoming) ''Posthumous life: Teresa Margolles' in T. Jenkins and S. Dauncey (eds) Corpse Life: The Contemporary Preoccupation with Human Remains, Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Scott Bray, R (2007) 'Unter der Lupe: Eine 'pulp history' des forensischen lebens' [‘Inquest: A ‘pulp history’ of forensic life’] in Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (eds) Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes [The New Visibility of Death], Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, pp 355-369
- Scott Bray, R (2007) ‘Von Zwielicht und Evidenz: Die Fotografien von Jeffrey Silverthorne' [‘Of Twilight and Evidence: The Photographs of Jeffrey Silverthorne’] in Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (eds) Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes [The New Visibility of Death], Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, pp 501-516
- Scott Bray, R and Martin, G (2012) 'Closing down open justice in the United Kingdom?' Alternative Law Journal 37(2): 126-127.
- Scott Bray, R (2010) ‘Coronial law reform’ Alternative Law Journal 35(4): 232-233.
Book and Exhibition Reviews
- Scott Bray, R. (2010) ‘Review of Speaking for the Dead’ Health Sociology Review 19(2).
- Scott Bray, R. (2007) Book review of Katherine Biber's 'Captive Images: Race, crime, photography', Alternative Law Journal, 32(4) December: 253-254.
- Scott Bray, R. (2006) 'Enduring Images and the Art of Remembering: Book Review of City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 and Exhibition Review of City of Shadows: Inner city crime and mayhem 1912-1948', in Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 18(2) November: 376-382.
- January – July 2012
Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, Australia
- August 2008 – January 2009
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, New York University, New York USA
- Scott Bray, R. 2011 Keynote Address, ‘Acts of Emergency', Law and its Accidents, Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, Melbourne Law School, 15-16 December, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
- Scott Bray, R. 2011 Speaker, ‘Art's ’Actual Experience': Medico-Legal Portraits and Photogenic Violence', Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Research Seminar, 19 August, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
- Scott Bray, R. 2010 Speaker, ‘Establishing Fatal Facts: Death and the Coroner’, School of Social Science Seminar Series, 11 October, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
- Scott Bray, R. 2008 Workshop participant, 'The Preserved Tongue and Other Pieces’, The Question of “Waste” in the History of Medicine', 16-17 May, Warwick University, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy.
- Scott Bray, R. 2007 Plenary Keynote Address, ‘Voir Mort’, International Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 28-30 November, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia
- Scott Bray, R. 2006 Speaker, ‘Cultural and Legal Issues Around Forensic Experiments’, Socio-Legal Research Centre Seminar Series, 23 October, Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia.
- Scott Bray, R. 2006 Keynote Address, ‘En Piel Ajena: The Work of Teresa Margolles’, Annual International Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, 13-14 July, School of Law, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Law, Victoria, Australia.
- Scott Bray, R. 2005 Speaker, 'The New Visibility of Death', Berlin, Germany. Introduced exhibition of photographs by Jeffrey Silverthorne: 'Of Twilight and Evidence: The Photographs of Jeffrey Silverthorne; Invited paper: 'Inquest: A Pulp History of Forensic and Funereal Life', 17-19 November, Humboldt University, Haus der Begegnung at Ahorn-Grieneisen.
- Scott Bray, R. 2000 Speaker, 'Sensing Death: The Chiaroscuro of Touch in the Mortuary Photography of Sue Fox', paper presented at the One-Day Symposium held by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography/ UNSW/COFA 9 September, COFA, Sydney, NSW, Australia.