30 March 2016
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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World Drug Report 2015, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The World Drug Report presents a comprehensive annual overview of the latest developments in the world's illicit drug markets by focusing on the production, trafficking and consumption of the main types of illicit drugs, along with the related health consequences of those drugs. Chapter 1 of the World Drug Report 2015 not only provides a global overview of the supply of and demand for opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances, as well as their impact on health, but also provides a review of the scientific evidence on approaches to preventing drug use and addresses general principles for effective responses to treatment for drug use. Chapter 2 examines how alternative development, within the broader context of the development agenda, is aimed at breaking the vicious cycle of illicit crop cultivation by providing farmers with alternative livelihoods.
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Recent Publications
Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 2015 update
Hayley Boxall and Georgina Fuller 

This special report was prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This report provides a brief overview of the offences that an individual who sexually abuses a child in an institutional setting may be charged with at the end of 2015.
Developing Peacemaking Circles in a European Context
Elmar G M Weitekamp  

This study represents the background and results of a pilot study to implement peacemaking or healing circles in Europe. Even though victim- offender mediation is well known and applied in various forms in practice, this study explores the possibilities to add the community in this picture. For this pilot study three countries were chosen: Germany, Belgium and Hungary. A total of 30 peace making circles were conducted in these countries and we were able to implement them in these different contexts. As a preliminary result it can be said that although we believe that peacemaking circles may have the highest potential for restorative success, we do not believe that those peacemaking circles are the one and only model of restorative justice that will always work. By adding peacemaking circles to the catalogue of restorative justice measures, one can improve the options for victims, offenders, and communities who like to deal with the consequences of crimes in a restorative way. However, due to legal and administrative hurdles this is not always an easy task and, depending on the country and legal system, it involves a lot of efforts to get it done. But the good news is: it can be done!
Corruption Perceptions Index 2015
Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. Not one of the 168 countries assessed in the 2015 index gets a perfect score and two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). More than 6 billion people live in a country with a serious corruption problem.
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Upcoming Events
Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture: Southern Criminology and Global Justice
Delivered by Professor Kerry Carrington, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The Sydney Institute of Criminology presents the first lecture in a series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. Join us as Professor Kerry Carrington reflects on where criminology has come from, and a bold new vision of where it is heading.

Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016 
Time: 5 pm - 6:30 pm 
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney 
Cost: Free, however registration essential. 

For more information about the lecture and to register, please visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology website.

Time: 5-6:30pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

What can be done about wrongful convictions?
Join us at the Sydney Institute of Criminology for a panel discussion exploring miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions with prominent US experts, Professor Jon Gould and Professor Richard A. Leo, and leading Australian researchers, Dr Bob Moles and Dr Bibi Sangha. This panel event, chaired by Associate Professor David Hamer, will discuss two projects on wrongful convictions in the United States and Australia respectively.

Professor Jon Gould will discuss some of the key findings and implications of his four-year collaborative US study, Preventing Wrongful Convictions, funded by the National Institute of Justice. The study employed quantitative and qualitative analyses of ‘erroneous convictions’ and ‘near misses’ to understand the many potential causes of wrongful convictions. Professor Richard A. Leo will share his deep understanding of the role of false confessions in wrongful convictions.

Dr Bob Moles and Ms Bibi Sangha will discuss the findings from the Australian Networked Knowledge and Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Project (FUMOJ), and explore what appears to be a long series of wrongful convictions in South Australia, including the significant causal role apparently played by South Australia’s former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr Colin Manock.

Date: Thursday 28 April 2016
Time: 4pm - 6pm 
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney 
Cost: Free, however registration essential. 

For more information about the lecture and to register, please visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology website. 
Juvenile Justice in Europe: Past, Present and Future?
This conference will be held from 26 - 27 May 2016. It will address a range of pressing questions relating to the historical origins, contemporary manifestations and future prospects for juvenile justice at a juncture when Europe is witnessing major social, economic and political challenges and transformations.

It is a crucial time for juvenile justice in Europe and the conference/symposium will comprise a series of plenary presentations delivered by some of Europe’s leading researchers in their respective fields. It will also facilitate ample opportunities for discussion, debate and delegate participation in order to address such questions alongside other past, present and future challenges.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.
12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)

The 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) will be held at The University of Sydney from January 3-6, 2017.

An exceptional scientific program will be headlined by the following keynote speakers:

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine
Professor Neil Brewer, Flinders University
Professor Richard Bryant, University of New South Wales
Professor Maryanne Garry, Victoria University of Wellington
Professor Qi Wang, Cornell University

The conference organiseers welcome submissions for symposia, papers and posters across all areas of applied memory and cognition. Submissions can be made via the online portal and are due by May 16, 2016.

For more information about the conference and submission process, please visit the SARMAC XII website.

2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference
The Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) and the Griffith Criminology Institute are hosting From Evidence to Practice: The 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Conference.

Informed by the Principles of Youth Justice in Australia, the conference will be held in Brisbane from 13-15 September 2016, and will be of great interest to researchers, policy makers and practitioners from government and non-government sectors.

Abstract submissions are now open for Oral and Poster Presentations and Workshops. For more information, please visit the Conference website.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Public Lecture: The Futures of Criminology
As the joint recipient of the 2015 ANZSOC Distinguished Criminologist Award, Professor Janet Chan will reflect on the practice of criminology since her move to Australia in the mid-1980s and speculate on how the discipline might develop in the future with new technology and changing social conditions. 

When:   Thursday 21 April 2016
Time:    6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:  Theatre G23,
Ground floor, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Post-Lecture reception to be held in the Level 2 Staff Common Room, UNSW Law. 

Free Registration is available here. Please Note, Registration is essential due to limited spaces. 
Fifth GERN Doctoral Summer School on Deviance, Crime, Social Control, and Criminal Justice
The fifth GERN Summer School for doctoral students will take place in Dortmund (Technical University Dortmund, Germany) from Monday 19 September to Wednesday 21 September 2016. It will be organised by the Faculty of Educational Science, Sociology and Psychology (Technical University Dortmund) and the GiwK (Society for interdisciplinary scientific Criminology).

This summer school is for research students undertaking doctoral research on deviance, crime, social control and criminal justice issues. This is an opportunity to present your research, have it discussed by leading European researchers and, if selected, published in an edited book. The summer school is probably most suited to research students in their second and third years. The summer school’s orientation is interdisciplinary: doctoral research projects from history, sociology, criminology, political science or other social science disciplines are welcome. The working language of the Summer School is English.

Doctoral students will need to send a detailed abstract of their paper (two pages setting out their theoretical framework, concepts and research findings/research plans), together with a letter of engagement from their
supervisor, agreeing to help them, by 15 May 2016. We can admit up to about 24 students – initial acceptance will be made known by 1 June 2016. Those students who have been initially accepted will need to send their paper to be discussed at the summer school, of some 6,000 words (in English) by 31 July 2016 and final acceptance will be on receipt of the paper.

Abstracts, letters and papers should be sent electronically to Axel Groenemeyer and Daniel Ventre
Crises, Economy and Punishment: The Influence of the Great Recession on Crime and Penality
International two-day conference, 15-16 September 2016
Law School, University of A Corunna, A Corunna, Spain

Keynote Speakers: 
Patricia Faraldo (University of A Corunna, Spain)
Russell Hogg (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Elena Larrauri (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Dario Melossi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Jonathan Simon (UC Berkeley, USA)
Máximo Sozzo (National University of the Litoral, Argentina)

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, UNSW
The role of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will involve teaching courses in criminology and criminal justice in the social sciences at both undergraduate and masters level; applying criminology related expertise to broader research and policy courses at undergraduate level; supervising honours and PhD students; interacting with relevant industry or public sector organisations; leading research projects and actively applying for research grants. 

For more details, visit the UNSW website.
Casual Research Assistants, NSW Law and Justice Foundation
Working with policy makers and legal assistance service providers, the Foundation’s research team undertake innovative empirical research and quantitative analysis to support the delivery of effective and efficient legal assistance for the most disadvantaged in society. Key themes within the research program include:
  • Measuring and monitoring legal need and access to justice
  • Monitoring and evaluating services to assess how they can most cost-effectively meet the needs of disadvantaged clients
  • Identifying triggers and pathways to legal help seeking and problem solving
  • Assessing how services can best identify, measure and take account of client capability in their service provision
  • Reviewing and analysing court data.
The tasks will vary depending upon the research projects underway and the skills of the research assistant, but may include assisting with:
  • Data collection: e.g. transcribing from administrative records
  • Data cleaning and collation
  • Descriptive data analysis and presentation
  • Reviews of primary documentation, such as strategy documents
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative analyses
  • Preparation of presentations and other material
Skills and selection criteria:
  • A tertiary qualification in the social sciences, statistics, law or other relevant discipline
  • Experience using Excel, SPSS (or similar) and PowerPoint
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Willingness to work flexibly across teams as a supportive team member
  • Willingness and ability to work to agreed plans and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Location:  Sydney
Salary:  Dependent on experience
Employment type: Casual
Closing date: as there is an immediate requirement for assistance, please send your application to hr@lawfoundation.net.au as soon as possible. However, applications will be accepted until May 5, 2016.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Illicit Substances, Uses and Markets, Griffith University
An exciting opportunity exists to work in a research intensive role with the Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute. The role will support research around illicit drug supply, markets and use. The position involves setting up, supporting and managing research projects, working closely with researchers at Griffith, at partner universities, and in government across the country. A strong emphasis will also be based around the production of appropriate peer reviewed publications in leading journals in the field. 

Salary: Level B (Lecturer): $89,357 - $106,114 per annum. 

More information about the role is available here.
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