Crime and justice are pressing public concerns in Australia with implications for the safety, rights and freedoms of the community.

Our research deals with enduring concerns about social justice and criminal law matters, including the use and limits of criminalisation, police powers, law enforcement, evidence and trial processes in criminal cases, and punishment for criminal offences. We tackle the growing challenges arising from technology and how it affects human rights and criminal procedure and explore Australian and international developments in the criminal justice system.  

Our expertise

  • Criminal law & criminalisation
  • Criminal trial, evidence & procedure
  • Forensic science, big data & new technologies
  • Gendered violence
  • Indigenous people & criminal justice
  • Innovative justice practices
  • National security & counter-terrorism
  • Policing
  • Punishment
  • State crime

Centres, institutes & networks