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The Sydney criminology and criminal justice community are pleased to highlight the forthcoming visit of Professor Phil Scraton and Dr Deena Haydon to Sydney in October 2016
From the 25 to 31 of October, Professor Phil Scraton and Dr Deena Haydon, guests of UNSW, will be presenting at a series of events across Sydney:

Tues 25 Oct, 2pm-5pm: Western Sydney University screening of Hillsborough: The Truth

This event is a screening of the film, Hillsborough, at the Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus. This will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Phil Scraton, facilitated by Professor Dick Hobbs of Western Sydney University. To register, please contact SSAP-research@westernsydney.edu.au by the 18 October.


Wed 26 Oct, 2pm-4pm: UNSW Seminar, ‘A critical, rights-based approach to the demonisation, criminalisation and regulation of children and young people’, with Dr Deena Haydon and Professor Phil Scraton

Reflecting well-established critical analyses of the social and political constructions of ‘childhood’ and ‘youth’, this seminar addresses the interpersonal and material dynamics of marginalisation and regulation. It focuses on negative media representations, demonisation and criminalisation leading to punitive state interventions. Finally, it considers the development of critical approaches to children’s rights and their potential for securing an effective framework for change.

The event will be held in the Staff Common Room, Level 2 of the Faculty of Law building at UNSW Kensington. Participants are encouraged to read two background articles to inform the discussion. For copies of the articles, more information, and to register, please contact Vicki Sentas by 24 October at v.sentas@unsw.edu.au

Thurs 27 Oct, 6pm-8pm: Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture Series: ‘Bearing Witness to the 'Pain of Others': Frontiers of Research and Resistance’

In this 50th Anniversary Lecture, Professor Scraton will discuss the politics and challenges of critical criminological research. He will focus on the institutional contexts of marginalisation and criminalisation in the administration state power and authority. Drawing on in-depth documentary analysis and qualitative and observational research (the Hillsborough disaster; politics of incarceration; childhood in transition in Northern Ireland) the lecture explores the profound political, ethical and personal challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’. This research demonstrates how structural relations of power, authority and legitimacy establish the determining contexts of daily life, social interaction and individual opportunity. Focusing on the ‘view from below’, hearing testimonies from the margins, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, the lecture argues that in ‘bearing witness’ critical social research is transformative. It addresses ‘personal troubles’ as ‘public issues’ and seeks alternative accounts to secure ‘truth’ and acknowledgement.

To register for this lecture, and for more information, please visit our website.


Mon 31 Oct 6.30pm: UNSW lecture, ‘So, What? with Professor Phil Scraton - Hillsborough: Resisting Injustice, Recovering Truth’

In this lecture, Professor Scraton examines the disaster that occurred at Hillsborough Stadium on 15 April 1989 and claimed 96 lives. He chronicles the inquiries, investigations and court proceedings that systemically failed both the bereaved and the survivors, mapping their unrelenting campaign for truth. This lecture will be followed by a facilitated Q&A with Professor Eileen Baldry from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Registration and further information can be found here.


More about the visitors

Phil Scraton PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and is Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative. His primary research includes: controversial deaths and the state; the rights of the bereaved and survivors in the aftermath of disasters. He has written/ edited over 20 books, most recently The Incarceration of Women (co-authored with Linda Moore, Palgrave Macmillan); Hillsborough: The Truth (Mainstream) and Beyond September 11: An anthology of dissent (Pluto); Power, Conflict and Criminalisation (Routledge). Recent co-authored research reports are: Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Save the Children/ Prince’s Trust); The Hurt Inside: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls in Northern Ireland and The Prison Within (both for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission); Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People); Children of Imprisoned Parents (Danish Institute for Human Rights/ Eurochips). He was Principal Investigator for an ESRC-funded knowledge-exchange project on the impact of negative media images of children and young people in the North of Ireland (2012-2015). A founder member of Inquest, Professor Scraton was Director of The Hillsborough Project 1989-95, he was principal author of Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Experience and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. In 2010 he was appointed to head Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research and is primary author of its comprehensive report, Hillsborough: The Report of the Independent Panel (2012) The ESPN/ BBC documentary, Hillsborough, short-listed for an EMMY, is based on his work. In 2016 he received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and Honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Liverpool, his alma mater. 

Dr Deena Haydon is an independent research consultant and a member of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Haydon’s main research interests include parenting and family support, youth justice, and children’s rights. Linking research, theory, policy and practice, her extensive experience of research/ consultation has included: conducting an independent review of the legislation of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (‘Putting Children First’ Alliance, 2006); consulting children and young people across Northern Ireland about their rights, on behalf of OFMDFM, to inform the Northern Ireland contribution to the 2007 UK Government Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CYPU, 2007); authoring the 2008 Northern Ireland NGO Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Additional Information, attending the pre-sessional meeting and UN Committee examination of the UK Government (Save the Children NI and Children’s Law Centre, 2007-2008); analysing youth workers’ and service managers’ responses to the Priorities for Youth consultation (Department of Education NI, 2009); developing a Background Paper to inform the Manifesto for Youth Justice in Northern Ireland (Include Youth, 2009); working with Siobhán McAlister and Phil Scraton on the partnership research project: ‘Understanding the Lives of Children and Young People in the Context of Conflict and Marginalisation’ and co-authoring the report Childhood in Transition (QUB, Save the Children NI, Princes Trust NI, 2009); with Siobhán McAlister and Phil Scraton conducting an action research-based evaluation of phase 1 of a Play Advocacy Programme (PlayBoard, 2010-2013) followed by evaluation of phase 2 (2014-2015). In 2015 she was commissioned by the Children’s Law Centre to consult with Roma children and young people, and with young people in secure care, to inform development of the Northern Ireland NGO Alternative Report submitted to the UN Committee in 2015.

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Upcoming Events
Raise the Bar
Date: 18th October 2016
Location: Various Sydney Bars

Three of our members of the Sydney Institute of Criminology will be swapping lecture theatres for pubs as they give talks at next week's Raise the Bar event. Raise the Bar is a collection of presentations by 20 academics across 20 different bars on one night. Professor Murray Lee will be giving his talk about young people's perspectives on sexting, Dr Juliette Overland will be discussing the impacts of insider trading, and Dr Celine van Golde will present on how we can prevent wrongful convictions. Tickets and further information can be found here.
Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium
Date: 23-24 February 2017
Location: Central Queensland University

The Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium is to be held at The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) in February 2017. This symposium is designed for researchers at all levels who are working in the field of gendered violence. Practitioners and policy makers from the range of sectors associated with gendered violence are invited to share in this experience.

This is a unique opportunity to bring together all who are helping to build the evidence base to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Click here to submit your abstract to present at the Symposium, or register your interest in attending the event.

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research on 07 4940 3348.
What is CPTED? Reconnecting theory with application in the words of users and abusers
Date: 28th October, 2016, 11am-12pm
Location: Barton, ACT

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-faceted approach to crime reduction that draws upon theories from environmental criminology, architecture and urban design. It requires the commitment of agencies as diverse as police, planners and housing developers. The importance of CPTED as a crime reduction approach has been formalised through strategy, policy and regulation. This presentation is based on findings from interviews with incarcerated, adult, male burglars and ten Designing out Crime Officers, in England and Wales. The findings reveal key similarities between the users and abusers of CPTED, confirming and elevating the significance of features such as surveillance. However, other features of design traditionally considered as critical to burglary risk are given less importance.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.
The Second International Conference on Judicial Administration
Date: 6th-8th April 2017
Location: Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to announce that The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice will be held at the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 6-8 April 2017.

Consolidating on the successful inaugural Non-Adversarial Justice: Implications for the Legal System and Society Conference, hosted by the AIJA and Monash University Faculty of Law in 2010, the second conference aims:
  • To promote discussion and consolidate knowledge about non-adversarial justice practices operating in justice systems today.
  • To promote dialogue between courts and tribunals and the social sciences in relation to non-adversarial justice practices.
  • To consider the theoretical and practical challenges facing courts utilising non-adversarial justice practices and programs including ensuring theory is reflected in the practice of non-adversarial justice and vice versa.

For more information on registering for the conference, submitting an abstract or sponsoring the conference, please visit the conference website.

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Recent Publications
Trends in conditional discharges in NSW Local Courts: 2004-2015
Review of police use of the firearms prohibition order search powers
By the NSW Ombudsman

In 2016, the Ombudsman completed a review of the operation of new search powers, which enable police to search a person subject to a firearms prohibition order (FPO) whenever reasonably required.

The report found that there were approximately 1,500 interactions where police used the powers to conduct searches. In those interactions police conducted over 2,500 separate searches. Police found firearms, ammunition and firearm parts in 2% of the interactions. In the two years, they seized 35 firearms, 26 lots of ammunition and 9 firearm parts.

In total, 400 people subject to an FPO were searched. The study also found that police searched over 200 people who were not subject to an order. Police conducted these searches on what appears to be an erroneous application of the FPO search powers and the searches may have been unlawful.

The report also found a lack of clarity in police understanding of the circumstances in which they are authorised to search an FPO subject. The law permits an FPO search only when ‘reasonably required’ to determine if an FPO offence has been committed. It is not a roving search power to be used randomly on FPO subjects. 

The report recommends changes to legislation and internal procedures and practices that guide the way police use the FPO search powers. Other measures are also proposed to ensure that police use FPO search powers fairly and reasonably, including that FPOs should automatically expire after five years.

The report can be read online here.
Preventing Violence in Australia
By Andrew Day and Ephrem Fernandez

This book has been written for all of those who are interested in understanding and preventing violence in Australia. Whether it occurs in the home, in the workplace, whilst out socialising or on the sports field, the personal, social, and economic costs of violence are often profound. Not only does it damage the physical and psychological health of those who are directly involved, but it also impacts adversely on many others - including witnesses, family and friends, and those law enforcement and health professionals who are expected to respond. And yet, there have been few previous attempts to draw together the various disciplinary and professional perspectives on how we might approach the task of preventing violence in Australia.

This book has been written by experts in violence prevention, whether they be forensic, clinical and developmental psychologists, criminologists and sociologists, social workers, or specialists in public policy, law, and education. They explain how they understand violence and about those prevention strategies that they know to be effective.

The book can be purchased online here.
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Call for Papers
2017 International Society for the Study of Drug Policy Conference
The 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) will be held in Aarhus, Denmark on 17-19 May, 2017. The conference is hosted by Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University.

You are invited to submit an abstract regarding original drug policy research for:
  • A Paper presentation (15 mins)
  • A Panel session (3-4 speakers on the same topic, 1.5 hours)
  • A Workshop (an interactive skills development opportunity, 1.5 hours)

The ISSDP Conference is a unique occasion to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and dedicated scholarly community, and to immerse yourself in the state of the art research across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Researchers and/or practitioners interested in contributing scholarly papers that advance future thinking regarding the development, assessment, or evolution of drug policy nationally or internationally are encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts are invited on all aspects of drug policy but particularly on the conference themes. The conference themes this year include:

• Balancing control and welfare in drug policies
• Local and city-level drug policies (e.g. in relation to national/international policies)
• Diversity in drug policy: accommodating ethnicity, class, gender and culture
• Contextualising drug policy in its geographic, historical, political, economic and cultural settings
• Cannabis policies, including legalization
• Drug supply and supply side interventions

Other areas of drug policy research will be welcome. Abstracts close on Friday 16th January, 2017. For more information, please follow the link.

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Student Opportunities
Applications open for Sydney Institute of Criminology summer internships!
The Institute’s internship program is open to LLB, JD and Masters of Criminology students of the Sydney Law School. The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Interns must be available to work 10 full days over January and February.

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript, writing sample, and details of two academic referees to law.criminology@sydney.edu.au.

Applications for the summer internship close at 5pm Friday 18 November 2016.
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CICJ Subscription Discount
Last chance to claim the 30% Subscription Discount to our journal, Current Issues in Criminal Justice!
Published by the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice is the major Australian journal on criminal justice. Contributors include academics, researchers and professionals, who provide expert analysis of the many aspects of criminal justice. The journal covers national and international issues, and features ‘Contemporary Comments’ on issues at the cutting edge of the crime and justice debate.

Our most recent issue of CICJ includes:

• articles on legalising sex work; offender management of stigma in employment; ‘public order’ policing; the Public, politicians, the Law, and Myra Hindley; 

• the Bali Nine and abolition of capital punishment.

• a feature on the Sydney’s Lockout Laws Forum; and

• a book review symposium on Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment by David Brown, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, Julie Stubbs and Courtney Young

A yearly subscription to the journal includes three issues. We are now offering a 30% discount until the 16th of October 2016. Simply visit Sydney University Press, click 'Use Coupon' and enter the code: CICJ30.
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Job Advertisements
Assistant Coordinator – Sydney Women's Domestic Court Advocacy Service
The Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SWDVCAS), auspiced by Redfern Legal Centre, seeks an assistant coordinator to provide high-level expert advice, assist the SWDVCAS coordinator in the coordination of the service including managing the operation of discrete areas such as an outreach service, attending court, assisting women seeking AVOs and liaising with policy and other stakeholders.

The person will have strong networking, communication, advocacy and administration skills as well as knowledge and expertise in the area of domestic violence.

This is a permanent, full time position. This position is based at our office in the Downing Centre with some days spent at Waverley Court.

Salary and benefits: $71,615 - $80,650 depending on qualifications and experience.

For more information or to apply, please follow the link.
Senior Research Officer – Crime and Corruption Commission, Brisbane
The Crime and Corruption Commission are looking for an individual to conduct major research and evaluation projects, and provide high level advice about research methodology and analysis.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate capability in the following requirements:

  • Extensive experience in scoping, designing and conducting social science research, preferably applied in a context relevant to the work of the Commission.
  • Extensive experience in a conducting quantitative and qualitative data analyses of social science data, including using SPSS and/or SAS.
  • Extensive experience managing research projects, including preparing project plans, monitoring quality and timeliness, and supervising staff.
  • Experience in policy analysis, preferably applied in a context relevant to the work of the Commission.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective networks with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to prepare a variety of research and policy outputs in a timely manner.
For more detailed information, including how to apply, please follow the link.  Applications for this position will close 14 October 2016.  For any inquiries, please contact Lauren Hancock on telephone (07) 3360 6060 or email hr@ccc.qld.gov.au.
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