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Criminal law, justice and criminology

A critical approach to criminology and criminal law

From comparative criminal law to criminal responsibility and crime control, we seek answers and explanations for the most important issues associated with crime and the legislation used to control it.

Our vision

Our research takes a multidisciplinary, critical approach to criminology, criminal law and criminal justice. We aim to contribute to current debates about justice policy and practice, both in Australia and the international context. Our academics bring together contemporary developments in criminal law with cutting edge thinking about criminalisation, responsibility, social justice and inequality. 

Our work

Our research combines doctrinal, theoretical and criminological approaches to criminal law and criminal justice issues. It ranges from exploring the construction of criminal law and criminal responsibility to the operation of criminal law and justice institutions adopting contemporary, comparative and historical approaches. Examples of our work in this field include:

  • Criminal responsibility (Professor Thomas Crofts)
  • Prosecution of child sexual abuse (Professors Judy Cashmore, David Hamer and Professor Rita Shackel)
  • Sexting and young people (Professors Thomas Crofts and Murray Lee)
  • Testimony of children (Miko Kumar)
  • Comparative criminal justice in Asia (Associate Professor Salim Farrar)
  • Comparative human rights and criminal law (Andrew Dyer)
  • National and international comparative criminal law (Professor Thomas Crofts)
  • Causation (Professor David Hamer)
  • Extensions of liability (Andrew Dyer)
  • Hate crime (Professor Gail Mason)
  • Homicide (Professor Thomas Crofts)
  • Prison privatisation and prison design (Dr Caroyln McKay)
  • Criminal responsibility of children (Professor Thomas Crofts)
  • Criminal responsibility and mental impairment (Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan)
  • Prosecution of child sexual abuse (Professors Judy Cashmore, David Hamer and Rita Shackel)
  • Border policing (Dr Louise Boon-Kuo)
  • Wrongful convictions (Professor David Hamer)
  • Summary jurisdiction (Dr Tanya Mitchell)
  • Fear of Crime (Professor Murray Lee)
  • Crime Prevention (Professor Murray Lee and Associate Professor Garner Clancey)
  • Provocation (Professor Thomas Crofts and Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan)
  • Sexting and young people (Professors Thomas Crofts and Murray Lee)
  • Video conferencing in prisons and courtrooms (Dr Carolyn McKay)

Our impact

Our research is published in books with leading international publishers, in high-quality academic journals, practice journals, reports and policy documents. Our work affects criminal cases, law reform and government policy. We organise a range of seminars, panel discussions and conferences and advise government and private organisations on matters of crime law and policy. Our postgraduate criminology program is among the largest and most respected in Australia.

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