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Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Event
Date: 6:00-7:30pm, 8 December 2016
Location: Law Lounge, New Law Building (Level 1), University of Sydney

The Sydney Institute of Criminology warmly invites friends, staff, students, supporters, colleagues and alumni of the Institute to attend a cocktail reception to celebrate our 50th anniversary year. This gathering concludes a suite of special anniversary events throughout the year that have showcased the contributions of the Institute to criminal justice research, practice, policy and debate.

For 50 years, the Sydney Institute of Criminology has conducted key research specialising in criminology, criminal justice and criminal law. It is a commercial publishing house producing the international research journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice and the Institute of Criminology book series. Institute staff teach undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, but are also committed to public and professional education more broadly, hosting seminars and public lectures to bring critical criminal justice issues to public discussion. We are proud of our relationships with diverse sectors of the community, and we welcome everyone associated with the Institute to attend this event in celebration of those relationships.  

Please join us in celebrating the Institute’s rich history, our staff, students, alumni, members, friends, and our many great achievements. To register, please visit the event webpage.
Please note that this will be our final CrimNet of the year
The CrimNet newsletter will recommence in early 2017. The Sydney Institute of Criminology wishes all of our readers and safe and happy holiday period.
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Upcoming Events
Unlocking the Global Terrorism Index: Insights and Panel Discussion

Date: 22 November 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

A partnership between UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and the Institute for Economics and Peace, this event will present the key findings from this year’s report on the economic impact of terrorism. The world’s leading metric for policymakers needing to track, understand and measure the underlying drivers and impact of terrorism, the Global Terrorism Index provides a comprehensive overview of the current local and global terrorist threat.

Exploring the impact of ISIS, Boko Haram and other non-state organisations, Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present key findings from the report. These insights will then lead into a panel discussion from those working and researching in this field.

Come along to find out what this means for Australia and Humanity and to participate in an audience driven Q&A with this esteemed panel:

- Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
- Dr Nicola McGarrity - Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law
- Steve Killelea AM - Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
- Leanne Smith - Chief, Policy and Best Practice Service, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (on sabbatical)

For more information and to register for this event, please follow the link.

Designing for the Common Good
Date: 1 December 2016, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Room CB11.00.405, FEIT, UTS Building 11, University of
Technology Sydney, 81 Broadway, Ultimo NSW

Recent debate around criminal justice has identified the prison system as a public service in need of radical reform. Policy makers are championing a new approach that treats people in prisons as assets, with skills and capabilities, rather than social liabilities.

There is growing recognition that we cannot expect prisons to help people transition from custody to active citizenship without providing them with experiences and access to adequate services for self-improvement, such as education and training. To help successfully integrate this thinking into a prison environment, the NSW Department of Justice has partnered with the Designing Out Crime research centre (DOC) at the University of Technology Sydney. DOC’s broader mandate is to bring design innovation to complex crime and social problems.


- Dr Rodger Watson, Deputy Director, Designing Out Crime, University of Technology Sydney
- Prof Kees Dorst, Director, Design Innovation Research Centre & Designing Out Crime Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney
- Assoc Prof Douglas Tomkin, Development Director, Designing Out Crime, University of Technology Sydney
- Dr Rohan Lulham, Research Fellow, Designing Out Crime, University of Technology Sydney
- Tasman Munro, Senior Research Associate, Designing Out Crime, University of Technology Sydney
- Kevin Bradley, Senior Research Associate, Designing Out Crime, University of Technology Sydney.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.
Justice for everyday problems: Civil Justice in NSW - Launch and Forum

Date: 28 November 2016, 1:30-4:00pm 
Location: Western Sydney University 

When we think about the law, we might think about crime. But for most of us, it’s not criminal law but the civil law that’s important. Civil law problems are everyday problems, for example:

•A problem with a mobile phone contract or a credit card bill
•Trouble getting a refund for faulty goods like a washing machine
•A landlord not fixing a broken door or a tenant behind in rent
•A dispute about a fence with a neighbour

Research tells us that when we have civil law problems, most of us do nothing. We either don’t know where to start, or think it will cost too much or take too long, or we begin to complain then find it all too hard.

Gabrielle Upton, NSW Attorney General, is holding an event to launch a consultation paper and a community forum on justice for everyday problems, hosted by Western Sydney University and the Centre for Western Sydney.

As places are limited, your early response is appreciated.

RSVP: please email civiljustice@justice.nsw.gov.au by Wednesday 23 November, 2016. Please also advise if you have access or dietary related requirements.  

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Recent Publications
Violent Criminal Careers: A retrospective longitudinal study
By Wai-Yin Wan and Don Weatherburn

Contrary to popular belief, most violent offenders brought to court appear to stop offending after their first conviction.  This surprising finding emerged from a longitudinal study of violent offenders released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

BOCSAR tracked the offending patterns of all 26,472 offenders born between 1986 and 1990 (inclusive) that had at least one violent offence proved against them before 31 December 2014. The mean follow-up time was 6.35 years but the longest follow-up period was 21 years. In the median case, after 20 years, an estimated 77 per cent had not been convicted of a further violent offence.

BOCSAR found, however, that the risk of violent re-offending varied greatly across different offender groups (see table 5). Higher rates of violent offending were found for younger offenders, offenders whose first proven offence occurred when they were young, Indigenous offenders and offenders convicted of any of the following offences: justice procedure offences (e.g. breach of bond), malicious damage to property or theft.

Interestingly, after controlling for other factors, offenders convicted of domestic violence offences were no more likely to be reconvicted of another violent offence than offenders convicted of non-domestic violence offences.

Commenting on the findings the director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn, said they highlighted the dangers associated with stereotyping all violent offenders as dangerous recidivists.

"There is a small group of violent offenders who keep on committing violent offences but the majority desist after just one offence."

"Those who do continue don't tend to specialise in violent offending. They have long criminal histories and convictions for a wide variety of different offences."

The full article can be found online here.
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New Courses
Criminal Law and Markets - University of Sydney
One of the world’s most famous Criminal Law scholars is set to teach an innovative postgraduate coursework unit of study as part of Sydney Law School’s 2017 Postgraduate Program.

Taught by Professor Lindsay Farmer from Glasgow University, Criminal Law and Markets will provide an historical examination of financial crime from the early years of the nineteenth century right up to the present day.

This course will be an investigation of the relationship between the criminal law and the market and will seek to investigate the question of how criminal law has understood and regulated markets in the modern period. It will have three main components. The first would be to look at the rise of a new type of market crime in the period since the mid-1980s. This development began with scandals into ‘insider dealing’ or ‘insider trading’ and more recently has seen the development of general crimes of ‘market abuse’ or conduct which undermines the integrity of markets.

The second theme will be to set this in historical context. The development of the modern criminal law is usually understood in terms of the withdrawal of criminal law from market regulation as, in the early years of the nineteenth century, crimes such as forestalling and regrating were abolished on the grounds that markets were self regulating and that the criminal law should not intervene in market mechanisms. This will look at the re-emergence of forms of financial crime in the mid-nineteenth century in response to scandals around speculation on the railway boom and banking, and then at the development of certain ‘economic crimes’ related to revenue and the state in the twentieth century.

The third part will then look at theoretical dimensions of the question, looking more generally at how the relationship between markets and civil order has been conceived in modernity.

More information on the course can be found here.
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Job Advertisements
Faculty of Law positions - University of Tasmania
The Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, is advertising three positions (Level B/C):

- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law - Police Studies
- Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Law - Clinical Legal Education

Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $125486 comprising base salary within the range of $90,962 to $107,253 plus 17% superannuation.

Level C and will have a total remuneration package of up to $148178 comprising base salary within the range of $110,526 to $126,648 plus 17% superannuation.

Applications are due on 1 December 2016. If you have any further enquiries, please contact Margaret Otlowski at Margaret.Otlowski@utas.edu.au. Details of the positions can be found on the University of Tasmania's careers website.

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