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Susan Kiefel sworn in as Australia's first female High Court Chief Justice
On Monday the 30th of January, Susan Kiefel was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court. Appointed to the position last November by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Kiefel made history as the first woman in Australia to be given this title since the Court's establishment in 1903.

This achievement follows a long career of firsts for Chief Justice Kiefel, who began as a legal secretary after leaving school at the age of 15, before going on to become the female QC in Queensland in 1987, and the first female judge of Queensland's Supreme Court in 1993. She has served on the High Court bench since 2007.

As she was sworn in by fellow female justice Virginia Bell, Chief Justice Kiefel acknowledged the contributions of female justices before her, as well as the importance of having women in these roles:

"It would not be until 1987 that a woman, the Honourable Mary Gaudron, was appointed to this court... When I came to the bar in 1975, there were very few women members of the profession... The appointment of more women to this court recognises that there are now women who have the necessary legal ability and experience as well as the personal qualities to be a justice of this court... There seems no reason to think that that situation will not be maintained in the future. It may well improve."

She succeeds former Chief Justice Robert French, who held the position from 2008. He was farewelled as a "fierce defender of the court's independence, and its important place in the governance of this nation". During his time in the position, he considered major issues such as same-sex marriage, the Gillard government's Malaysia solution, and plain packaging for tobacco products.
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Upcoming Events
The 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics

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

The Australian Institute of Criminology and the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society will host the 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach on 16-18 July 2017.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative.’

The massive increase in technological developments in personal computing, smart phone and wireless devices in recent years has created significant challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This important conference will explore the expansion of technology-enabled crimes and how collaboration can inform technological, legal and policy responses internationally.

The conference will feature influential speakers from government, academia and industry.

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

National Victims of Crime Conference 2017
Date: 6-7 September 2017
Location: Plaza Level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 2017 National Victims of Crime Conference: Victims Voices – Reform, Innovation and Action will be themed around exploring effective ways of giving victims and survivors a voice in addressing their diverse needs and how their experiences are influencing and reforming innovative service and policy responses. 

Abstracts are invited on a range of topics such as justice responses to victimisation, sexual and domestic violence, victimisation in diverse populations, justice responses in the digital age, and more. Submissions are due on the 1st of April 2017.

For more information, please visit the conference website.
Addressing Filicide: Third International Conference – Building Bridges to Knowledge to Intervention Models for Combatting Filicide
Date: 14 – 15 June 2017
Location: Monash Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy

The 2013 and 2015 International Conferences for Cross National Dialogue to Address Filicide have proved most successful with delegates from 13 countries at each conference taking us to new understandings of filicide. As Professor Frans Koenraadt from the Netherlands observed, “filicide is universal but not uniform”, and, as Professor Julia Stroud from England emphasised, “each event is complex and unique”. The conferences have provided an important opportunity to extend our knowledge base and build and develop new and existing collaborations. A selection of papers from the 2013 conference were published in a Themed Issue on Filicide in the international journal Child Abuse Review, UK, and a selection of the 2015 papers are to be published in the edited collection When Parents Kill Children: Understanding Filicide (Palgrave MacMillan).

The call for abstracts and themes for the 2017 Addressing Filicide conference can be found here. Abstracts are due by Friday the 17th of March 2017, and should be submitted by email to: pcs@cogroup.com.au.

Abstract guidelines can be found at: http://www.addressingfilicide.com/abstract-guidelines  

Please contact the conference organising committee for further information: Thea.Brown@monash.edu; Danielle.Tyson@deakin.edu.au; Paula.Fernandez@monash.edu 

Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South: An International Conference
Date:10-13th July 2017
Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns, Australia

This event is co-hosted by the Crime and Justice Research Centre (QUT) and the Asian Criminological Society. Distinguished speakers include:
  • Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (USA)
  • Professor Jianhong Liu, University of Macau
  • Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
  • Professor Chuen-Jim Sheu, National Tapei University
  • Professor Guoling Zhao Peking University, China
  • Professor Stephen Tomsen, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Elliot Currie, University of California
  • John Braithwaite, RegNet, ANU
For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website. The deadline for abstract submissions is the 31st of March 2017.
The Power of Reform: Imprisonment & Mental Health in Victoria
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017, 11am-12pm
Location: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne,

This public conversation aims to lay the ground for new policy ideas. The event will focus on how we can rethink current health and criminal justice policy ideally to prevent the imprisonment of Victorians with mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or intellectual disabilities, whilst also considering how we can improve conditions of imprisonment and support post imprisonment experiences better. We aim to inspire change. The event will be held at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne on 23 February, from 11 am to 12 noon.

The panellists are: 

- Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough, the Assessment and Referral Court; 
- Karenza Louis-Smith, Chief Executive Officer at ACSO; and 
- Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia. 

The event is being facilitated by Damien Carrick from the ABC, and organised by the Imprisonment Observatory at Monash University. For more information and to register, please follow the link.
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Recent Publications
Recidivism among prisoners: Who comes back?

By Robin Fitzgerald, Adrian Cherney and Lachlan Heybroek

This study examined recidivism in an Australian correctional population. Three different groups of offenders were identified from their recidivism profiles: low-risk or slow recidivists, moderate-risk or delayed recidivists, and high-risk or rapid recidivists. Slow recidivists were more likely to be younger Indigenous men, with a history of both drug use and parole suspension or cancellation. Delayed recidivists were more likely to be younger non-Indigenous women serving shorter sentences. Rapid recidivists were differentiated only by being more likely to serve shorter sentences.

The full report can be found online here.

Access to Justice and Legal Aid: Comparative Perspectives on Unmet Legal Need
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Job Advertisements
Associate Professor in Criminology - University of New England - Armidale, NSW
• Continuing, full-time
• $ 133,123 to $ 146,545 per annum (Level D)
• Plus 17% employer superannuation. Salary packaging options are available.
• Relocation assistance provided

Applications are invited for the position of Associate Professor in 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
incumbent 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.

To discuss this role please contact Dr Jenny Wise, Senior Lecturer in Criminology: phone 02 6773 4286 or email jwise7@une.edu.au. Applications close on 26 February 2017.
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Student Opportunities
Applications open for Sydney Institute of Criminology semester 1 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 semester 1.

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 semester 1 internship close at 5pm Friday 24 February 2017. For more information, please visit the Institute's website.
Internships at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
14 internship openings are now available at UNICRI Headquarters in Turin and Liaison Office in Rome, Italy, to commence from June 2017.    

Doing an internship at UNICRI is an opportunity to have first-hand experience of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations and to work with people in a multicultural environment.

Interns at UNICRI have been actively involved in the implementation of projects related to different working areas of UNICRI - spanning from international criminal law and cybersecurity to preventing environmental crimes, violent extremism and CBRN threats.

Currently they are accepting applications for internships in the following UNICRI units/programmes:

− Office of the Director
− Office of the Senior Programme Officer
− Emerging Crimes
− Counter-Terrorism (Turin & Rome)
− Advanced Education and Training
− Public Information
− CBRN Risks Mitigation
− Liaison Office in Rome

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 21 February 2017. For more information on the internships and how to apply, please visit the UNICRI website.
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