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The Sydney Institute of Criminology Farewells Co-Director Dr Rebecca Scott Bray
“To our valued readers,

At the conclusion of 2016, our 50th Anniversary year, Dr Rebecca Scott Bray stepped down from her role as Co-Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. Over our period as Co-Directors we have achieved a great deal, embodying and fostering the inter-faculty, inter-disciplinary nature of the Institute. During this anniversary year in particular, we aimed to showcase the relevance, breadth and quality of work undertaken by the Institute and its members. Such successes would not have been possible without the dedication, enthusiasm and good grace of my Co-Director Rebecca.  

In her four and a half years in this position, Rebecca has shown great leadership and professionalism in liaising with various government departments and research bodies to organize countless Institute events, overseeing Institute activities and publications, and engaging with Institute members and our Advisory Committee to promote a strong community of criminologists and criminal layers in Sydney and beyond. Her passion for justice and research has been a driving force for the Institute during this time. 

In 2017, Rebecca will be continuing her role as the Senior Lecturer of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Sydney, and I will continue as the sole Director. The Institute would like to extend our sincere thanks to Rebecca for the significant contributions she has made, not only to our Institute but also to the wider community of criminologists and criminal lawyers. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours. 

Best wishes,

Professor Thomas Crofts
Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology"
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Upcoming Events
The 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics

Date: 16-18 July 2017
Location: Sofitel Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia

Following the resounding success of the 4th international conference held in Vancouver in June 2016, with presentations from 16 different countries, the next International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics has been announced.

In 2017, the 5th annual ICCCF is moving from North America to Australia, and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia has been one of the key pioneers in cybercrime research, policy and practice. The theme of the conference will be: "Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative".

For more information about the conference, or to submit a paper, please visit the ICCCF website.

Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference
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.

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
For more details, please visit the conference website.
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Recent Publications
National Security, Surveillance and Terror: Canada and Australia in Comparative Perspective
Edited by R.K. Lippert, K. Walby, I. Warren and D. Palmer

This edited collection brings together leading scholars to comparatively investigate national security, surveillance and terror in the early 21st century in two major western jurisdictions, Canada and Australia. Observing that much debate about these topics is dominated by US and UK perspectives, the volume provides penetrating analysis of national security and surveillance practices in two under-studied countries that reveals critical insights into current trends. Written by a wide range of experts in their respective fields, this book addresses a fascinating array of timely questions about the relationship among national security, privacy and terror in the two countries and beyond. Chapters include critical assessments of topics such as: National Security Intelligence Collection since 9/11, The Border as Checkpoint in an Age of Hemispheric Security and Surveillance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Law Enforcement, as well as Federal Government Departments and Security Regimes. An engaging and empirically driven study, this collection will be of great interest to scholars of security and surveillance studies, policing, and comparative criminology.

This book can be purchased online here.
Before the High Court: Tendency Evidence in Hughes v The Queen: Similarity, Probative Value and Admissibility
By David Hamer

Hughes v The Queen is concerned with the admissibility of evidence of other allegations as tendency evidence in a child sexual assault prosecution. The appellant argues that the other allegations must share distinctive similarities with the charged offence to satisfy the Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) s 97 requirement of ‘significant probative value’. However, this stringency is unjustified. Empirical research into the behaviour of child sex offenders suggests they are not highly specialised in the way they carry out child sexual abuse. Further, the stringent approach to admissibility is inconsistent with the logic of probative value. The power of evidence to discriminate between guilt and innocence depends upon it being consistent with guilt and inconsistent with innocence. The various allegations may not share any peculiar features with the charged offence. However, they can still be far more consistent with guilt than with innocence. Child sexual abuse is unusual in itself. It would be highly improbable for a defendant, though innocent of the child sexual abuse charges, to be the frequent subject of other allegations.

The article can be read online here.

The Moral Foundations of the Youth Justice System: Understanding the principles of the youth justice system
By Raymond Arthur

In The Moral Foundations of the Youth Justice System, Raymond Arthur explores international and historical evidence on how societies regulate criminal behaviour by young people, and undertakes a careful examination of the developmental capacities and processes that are relevant to young people’s criminal choices. He argues that the youth justice response needs to be reconceptualised in a context where one of the central objectives of institutions regulating children and young people’s behaviour is to support the interests and welfare of those children.

This timely book advocates a revolutionary transformation of the structure and process of contemporary youth justice law: a synthesised and integrated approach that is clearly distinct from that used for dealing with adults. This book is a key resource for students, academics and practitioners across fields including criminal law, youth justice, probation and social work.

The book can be purchased here.
Research Ethics in Criminology: Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions
Edited by Malcolm Cowburn, Loraine Gelsthorpe and Azrini Wahidin

Research Ethics in Criminology is a comprehensive and accessible text that is ideal for students studying criminological research methods. Supplementary material includes key points, chapter summaries, critical thinking questions, key definitions, case examples, and recommendations for further reading. This book will provide a thorough grounding in the ethical issues faced by researchers, as well as an understanding of the role and purpose of ethics committees.

The book is available for purchase here.
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Job Advertisements
Research Officer - Crime Statistics Agency, Melbourne

The Crime Statistics Agency is seeking a Research Officer to work in their Research and Evaluation team  for a period of 18 months. The team undertakes research and evaluation project to inform key stakeholders and the community about key issues in crime and justice in Victoria.

The Research Officer will have the following key responsibilities:

  • plan and conduct high quality quantitative research projects for publication through a range of potential channels such as the CSA website and peer-reviewed publications
  • application of research and methodological expertise to activities undertaken by the CSA
  • liaison with key stakeholders including policy makers across Government, researchers and other relevant organisations
  • promotion and presentation of research conducted by the CSA at workshops, conferences and other forums
  • provision of advice to others on the conduct of research using recorded crime statistics. 

Ideally, the Research Officer will have experience in planning and conducting research projects, inferential statistical analyses and the use of recognised computer packages. Strong communication and stakeholder management skills are also essential.

Applications close on the 19th of January 2017.
For more information or to apply for this position, click here.

Monash University seeks criminology tutors
The Department of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University is seeking experienced tutors to contribute to its teaching program in 2017. A commitment to student learning and high quality teaching is a prerequisite and experience in tutoring in criminology units is preferred. Please send an expression of interest (up to 400 words) and CV to Dr Jarrett Blaustein at jarrett.blaustein@monash.edu
Lecturing Positions in Criminology/Policing and Law at Charles Sturt University

The Centre for Law and Justice offers internationally unique and innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in law, criminal justice and legal ethics. These courses are delivered by dynamic academics comprising criminologists, lawyers, sociologists, philosophers and policing scholars.

Lecturers will be expected to use blended models of online and face-to-face subject delivery, collaborate in both teaching and research, and participate in ongoing curriculum development of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice. The program is taught face-to-face in Bathurst and Port Macquarie. This unique curriculum aims to build the Indigenous cultural competence of CSU graduates.

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Criminology or Policing

- Full Time, Continuing
- Level B/C
– $92,117 to $130,114 p.a (Plus 17% Superannuation)
- Bathurst, Manly, Canberra or Port Macquarie

Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria listed in the position description. Apply here (ref no 95791). Applications close: Monday, 5 February 2017.

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Law

- Full Time, Continuing
- Level B/C
– $92,117 to $130,114 p.a (Plus 17% Superannuation)
- Bathurst, Manly, Canberra or Port Macquarie

Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria listed in the position description. Apply here (ref no 95792). Applications close: Monday, 5 February 2017.

For further information about these positions, please contact Associate Professor Alison Gerard at 02 6338 6344 or agerard@csu.edu.au.

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