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Stephen Odgers SC gives our annual Paul Byrne SC Memorial lecture on the history and future directions of Uniform Evidence Law

Around 200 people were in attendance on Monday night as Stephen Odgers SC visited the Sydney Institute of Criminology to deliver our annual Paul Byrne SC Memorial lecture. His lecture was entitled, "Uniform Evidence Law at 21", and focused on the history of Uniform Evidence Law, its impact on the criminal justice system, and its possible future directions.

Drawing on key High Court decisions and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, he examined the strengths and weaknesses of Uniform Evidence Law, the probative value of various types of evidence, and the need for a review of the UEL. The lecture was chaired by Judge Stephen Norrish, and was followed by a lively Q&A with the audience, as well as a cocktail reception.

This was the fifth Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture honouring Paul Byrne SC, who had a life long interest in criminal law and the criminal justice system, as well being an active participant and generous supporter of the Institute of Criminology at the Sydney Law School. The Paul Byrne Memorial Fund has been set up to honour and continue Paul's interest in the criminal justice system by supporting the ongoing activities of the Institute of Criminology, such as lectures, seminars, publications, and awards. We warmly invite our readers to make a donation to the fund, to support the activities of the Institute of Criminology and other activities in the field of criminal law at Sydney Law School, in memory of the late Paul Byrne SC.

The Sydney Institute of Criminology would like to express our thanks to all those who attended this event, and especially to the Byrne family for their continued support of the Institute and this important lecture.

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Upcoming Events
Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture: 'Bearing Witness to the Pain of Others' with Professor Phil Scraton
Date: 27 October 2016
Location: University of Sydney

Central to critical social research is the premise that ‘knowledge’, bounded by academic disciplines and their contextual ‘domain assumptions’, is neither value-free nor value-neutral. Rather, it is derived and reproduced within structural relations of inequality and oppression underpinning established social, political and economic orders. Critical social research locates the experiential realities of individuals and communities within their historical, structural and reproductive contexts. It foregrounds analysis of the determining contexts of class, ‘race’, gender, sexuality and age, prioritising the impact of inequalities on the lives of the ‘powerless’.

Acknowledging the consolidation of critical analysis within criminology, this presentation focuses 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) it 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 presentation 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.

For more information, and to register, please visit our event website.
Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference: Early bird registration closes 21 October 2016
Date: 15-16 February 2017
Location: Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Hosted by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) and the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University, this event will showcase the best local and international policy relevant criminological research. The organisers are very pleased to be able to reveal the conference program which shows the depth of content and quality of speakers attending the event.  

There will also be four amazing key note speakers:
  • Elizabeth Drake, Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) Using Research Evidence to Reduce Crime in Washington State: Trends, Taxpayer Costs & “What Works?”
  • Professor Steven Raphael, Professor of Public Policy at University of California Berkley Sentencing Reform in California and Public Safety
  • Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Security & Crime Science, Temple University, Philadelphia Does predictive policing have a future?
  • Professor Rick Sarre, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of South Australia: What I would do with $100 million to spend on law and order and criminal justice
Register before 21 October 2016 to take advantage of the significant early-bird discounts!
  • Individual early bird registration fee:  $580
  • Group (3 or more) early bird registration fee:  $500 each

For more details, please visit the conference website.

Policing the Digital Age: Surveillance, Government Hacking and Rule-of-Law Online
Date: 7 November 2016
Location: QUT, Brisbane

The Crime and Justice Research Centre and the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group from QUT’s Faculty of Law are co-hosting an upcoming seminar with guests speakers Dr Ian Warren and Dr Adam Molnar from Deakin University. This seminar will examine the intersections between policing, technology, surveillance, and the role of the criminal law in a digital age, highlighting issues of governance, social order and rule-of-law online.

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

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Recent Publications
Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation of the Internet
By Natasha Tusikov

The January 2012 “Internet blackout” protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act is generally seen as a victory for civil society against intellectual property owners’ attempts to change the how the Internet works on a fundamental level. However, as Natasha Tusikov documents in Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet (University of California Press), a small group of corporations, tacitly backed by the US
and other governments, have implemented much of SOPA via a series of secret, handshake agreements. Drawing on extensive interviews in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Tusikov details the emergence of a global regime in which large Internet firms act as regulators for powerful intellectual property owners, challenging fundamental notions of democratic accountability. This book examines he growing role of powerful, U.S.-based Internet intermediaries as global regulators on behalf of states and other multinational corporations. It argues that corporate regulation on the Internet is re-shaping the way
that states and powerful corporations control online behaviour, concluding that this type of regulation further questions traditional distinctions between the territoriality of law and the non-territoriality of the Internet. 

The book can be purchased online here.
Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence victimization among Australia and New Zealand female university students: An initial examination of child maltreatment and self-reported depressive symptoms across profiles
By Jesse Cale, Stacy Tzoumakis, Benoit Leclerc, and Jan Breckenridge

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between child abuse, depression, and patterns of Intimate Partner Violence victimization among female university students in Australia and New Zealand. Data were based on the Australia/New Zealand portion of the International Dating Violence Study (2001–2005) (n = 293). Using Latent Class Analysis, Low-, Moderate-, and High-level Intimate Partner Violence profiles were identified that differed according to the variety, degree, and severity of Intimate Partner Violence. Furthermore, the combination of child maltreatment and self-reported depressive symptoms differed across profiles. The results highlighted differential pathways from child maltreatment to specific Intimate Partner Violence victimization patterns. These findings provide further evidence for the importance of early intervention strategies to prevent Intimate Partner Violence, and specifically for children who experience abuse and neglect to help prevent subsequent victimization experiences in intimate relationship contexts.

The article can be found online here.
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Call for Papers
2017 International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference
The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its thirteenth meeting in Brisbane on 9 – 13 July 2017, at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. The conference is jointly hosted by the T.C. Beirne School of Law and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

The conference theme is “Justice and the Prevention of Genocide”.

Nearly seven decades after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the hopes embedded in that document remain largely unfulfilled. The theme of the 2017 IAGS conference revisits the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future genocides.

While the conference theme will concentrate on these twin themes of justice and prevention, the 2017 IAGS conference is open to any whose work connects with the study of genocide. We aim to bring together scholars, activists, artists and survivors to examine genocidal violence from a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Criminology topics include perpetrators, gender, causes, application of criminological theories to mass atrocity crimes, punishment/sentencing, victims, and atrocity crime prevention.

Please see the Call for Papers webpage for more information; the deadline for abstract submissions is 15 December 2016.

Further information about the conference is available on the website. Please send any enquires to iags2017@uq.edu.au
Inquiry into the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016
The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee has commenced an inquiry into the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016 and a call for submissions has been made.

The closing date for submissions is 28 October 2016. The reporting date is 9 November 2016.

For further information regarding the enquiry or how to make a submission, 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.
Applications now open for PHD Scholarships at NDARC
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is offering at least one PhD scholarship to carry out innovative research on drug or alcohol related issues including, but not limited to, prevention activities or clinical interventions for substance use and disorders, epidemiology, health economics and drug policy research.  NDARC provides a highly supportive study environment, with excellent facilities including desk space, regular training opportunities, computer access and statistical support.

Applicants should have a strong honours degree in one of the behavioural sciences (psychology, public health or a related discipline) and knowledge of EEO/AA principles and policies. Applicants must also satisfy the University of New South Wales requirements for enrolment in a PhD. Experience in the drug and alcohol field is desirable, although not essential.

For further details, please visit the NDARC website.
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Job Advertisements
Senior Lecturer in Criminology - University of New England, NSW
About the role

The Discipline of Criminology seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Criminology with a substantial publication record, expertise, and ability to teach and research in a general area of Criminology. The appointee will join an enthusiastic and innovative team who specialise in areas of rural crime, forensic criminology, policing, penology, international crime, social justice, and crime and tourism. The appointee will be responsible for the ongoing development, teaching and coordination of units within the
Bachelor of Criminology degree program, provide honours and higher degree by research (HDR) supervision, and take on leadership and various administrative/service roles within the discipline and the wider university. The appointee will also be expected to undertake research
in Criminology, supported where possible by external funds, and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant would commence duties as soon as possible in 2017. The appointee will be required to work on a full time basis and report directly to the Head of School, Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, currently Professor Lewis Bizo.

Skills & Experience

The successful applicant will have a PhD in an area relevant to the
Criminology program at UNE; experience relevant to the teaching of Criminology at a university level, in particular expertise in online teaching and curriculum development, experience in honours and higher
degree by research (HDR) supervision, a research profile in Criminology with a sound record of scholarly publications and professional achievement and established ability to attract external research
funding. The ability to work independently, operate effectively as a
team member and contribute to work culture, be collegiate and willingness to be involved with administration activities at a Discipline and School level are also desirable.

Additional information

To discuss this role please contact Professor Lewis Bizo: phone 02 6773 3012 or email hosbcss@une.edu.au. To find outmore about BCSS visit www.une.edu.au/bcss
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