Prof. Kerry Carrington: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women #CSW63

Our very own Head of School, Professor Kerry Carrington, is speaking at the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women NGO Sessions in New York today.  Kerry will present with a member of her research team and QUT PhD student, Maria Victoria Puyol.

Kerry will present her research findings into women’s only police stations in Argentina and their impact on preventing gendered violence.  This is a practical and successful response to the United Nations sustainable development goal to eliminate violence against women.

Kerry appeared on ABC Radio National Law Report on 19 March to talk about her research.  Listen to her interview here

You can download the presentation here

Amazing research impact.  Congratulations Kerry from all of us at QUT School of Justice.





Dr Emma Russell – Emerging Australian Scholar – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference 2019

We welcome Dr Emma Russell as an invited Emerging Australian Scholar in the Policing stream at our upcoming Crime, Justice and Social Democracy International Conference to be held on the Gold Coast from 15-17 July 2019.

Emma is a Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. Her research explores the dynamics between social movements, policing and punishment. She is particularly interested in queer and feminist history and theory; police image and power; and the nature of carceral space. Emma is the author of Queer Histories and the Politics of Policing (Routledge, 2019) and co-author of Resisting Carceral Violence: Women’s Imprisonment and the Politics of Abolition (Palgrave, 2018).

For further information about the conference, including registration and abstract submission see here

Presentation: Reflections on women, men, sexual violence and #MeToo

(L-R) Police Commissioner Ian Stewart; Director, CJSDRC Professor Melissa Bull; Professor James W. Messerschmidt; Belinda Cox and Associate Professor Michael Flood

Last night QUT’s CJSDRC hosted two leading international scholars who reflected on the #MeToo movement and the promise and pitfalls of current efforts to end sexual violence, and the role of men in sexual violence prevention.

Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Criminology Department at the University of Southern Maine, USA, James W. Messerschmidt and our own Associate Professor Michael Flood drew on their experiences as scholars and activists in the gender violence field to lead a provocative workshop that asked,  What does #MeToo mean for men and women? How should men and women respond? What roles in particular can men play in building a community free of sexual violence and abuse? What does the research tell us is effective in engaging men in this work? More widely, what are the strengths and limitations of #MeToo as a way of organising against sexual violence?

Unsurprisingly this stimulated animated discussion between the presenters and the nearly 100 workshop participants who included practitioners who work with offenders and victims, legal advocates, police, academics, community members and white ribbon ambassadors. The workshop demonstrated that while #MeToo might not be the answer, it has simulated new and important conversations that could contribute to the prevention of a disturbingly prevalent and serious social problem.

Dr. Max Halupka – Emerging Australian Scholar – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference 2019

We welcome Dr. Max Halupka as an Emerging Australian Scholar within the Governance, Activism and Social Change stream of the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference.

Max is Research Fellow at Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra.  He is an expert on contemporary forms of political participation where he specialises in the relationship between technology and politics. Max has published work on political communication, new forms of political participation, internet activism, and The Church of Scientology. Max teaches public policy for the Institute’s Graduate Certificate and MPA programmes.

For further information about the conference including registration and abstract submission, please click here 

CFP: Special Issue of Internet Policy Review on Power, Jurisdiction and Surveillance

Topic and relevance

The rise of digital technology has major implications for how states and corporations wield coercive regulatory power through the transnational administration of justice. Increases in data transmitted and stored by public and private actors across jurisdictions raise crucial questions about how individual rights and freedoms can be protected in an era of seemingly ubiquitous transnational surveillance. The expanded development and application of domestic and international law to address behaviour in digital spaces, includes existing law applied to online activities, and new law to cover a growing range of internet-specific conduct. A pertinent site of state and corporate power in the digital realm involves attempts to develop and enforce domestic laws, especially criminal laws, transnationally. These processes generally occur outside existing domestic legislative frameworks, and raises questions about how national sovereignty, extraterritoriality and state and corporate interests are expanding at the expense of individual rights and freedoms in digital societies.

Scope of the special issue
This special issue considers how the intersections between power, justice and space challenge existing conceptual and theoretical categories of contemporary law, that span the fields of criminology, international relations, digital media and other related disciplines (see e.g. Johnson & Post, 1996; Goldsmith & Wu, 2006; Brenner, 2009; Hilderbrandt, 2013; DeNardis, 2014). The legal geographies of the contemporary digital world require rethinking in light of calls for a more sophisticated and nuanced approach to understanding sovereignty, jurisdiction and the power to exercise control, yet still protect individual rights through law in the electronic age (Svantesson, 2013). These issues raise a host of additional contemporary and historical questions about the authority exerted by the US over extraterritorial conduct in various fields including laws relating to crime, intellectual property, surveillance and national security (see e.g. Schiller, 2011; Bauman et al., 2014; Boister, 2015).

Legal geography is an emerging multidisciplinary area of inquiry, concerned with interrogating how law is connected to, and interacts with, the social and physical worlds (Braverman et al., 2014). By emphasising how the legitimate exercise of power occurs in and through space, legal geography is of significant relevance to online environments. Initial arguments about regulating the transnational nature of the internet describe the notion of sovereignty becoming ‘softened’ (Culnan & Trinkunas, 2010), while emphasising the need to move beyond outmoded binary notions of extraterritoriality (Svantesson, 2013; 2014; 2017).

The nation-state can assert jurisdictional reach through the extraterritorial exercise of power. This is more likely to involve powerful geopolitical actors such as the United States, which has recently enacted the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, and the European Union, via its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The emergence of large transnational corporations providing critical virtual and physical infrastructure adds private governance to this equation, which offers further new dimensions to the rule of law and also self- or co-regulation (see for e.g. Goldsmith & Wu, 2006; DeNardis & Hackl, 2015; Suzor, 2018; Brown & Marsden, 2013). Some of the ways jurisdictional tensions emerge in online spaces – with corresponding offline effects – occur through policing and law enforcement practices in the fields of criminal, intellectual property and corporate law. However, the lack of uniformity of these laws at domestic levels can lead to complicated and protracted legal disputes between nations, or amongst different agencies within nations (Palmer & Warren, 2013). Additional concerns arise regarding whether and how due process and human rights protections are maintained through the extraterritorial access to e-evidence (Warren, 2015; Svantesson & Gerry, 2015), the extradition of alleged offenders (Mann & Warren, 2018; Mann et al., 2018), and new and emerging powers many national law enforcement agencies now possess to engage extraterritorial surveillance and offshore government hacking.

Focus of the papers
Power and jurisdiction are central to understanding justice and regulating the contemporary digital environment. For this special issue, Internet Policy Review invites theoretical, empirical, and methodological papers from law, criminology, digital humanities, critical surveillance studies, and related disciplines on the following issues, which bear relevance to European societies and highlight policy implications or make a reference to regulatory debates:
• How the concept of legal geography can be applied to activities in, and regulation of, digital spaces;
• The impact of the expansion in domestic and international cybercrime, data protection and intellectual property laws on concepts of jurisdiction, sovereignty and extraterritoriality;
• The geopolitical impacts of domestic and international cybercrime laws such as the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), the recent United States CLOUD Act and other lawful access regimes including EU e-Evidence proposals;
• The application of due process requirements in the contemporary policing of digital spaces;
• The objectives of justice in the study of private governance in online environments; and
• The implications of these transnational developments for current and future policy and regulation of online activities and spaces.

A selection of contributions will be made from extended abstracts. Authors of papers selected for the special issue will be invited to present and discuss their paper at a workshop to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in late 2019 (aligned with the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference which will be hosted by QUT Digital Media Research Centre). The workshop will enable exchange of ideas on these timely issues, provide peer-feedback for the finalisation of the papers and promote the forthcoming special edition. A sub-selection of papers will be selected for the special issue based on regular peer review.

Special issue editors
Dr Monique Mann (
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology and Regulation
School of Justice, Faculty of Law
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Angela Daly (
Assistant Professor
Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Important dates
Release of the call for papers March 2019
Deadline for expression of interest and abstract submissions (500 word abstracts) 26th April 2019

Invitation to submit full text submissions May 2019
Full text submissions deadline August 2019

All details on text submissions can be found under

Peer review process September 2019
Workshop in Brisbane 1st of October 2019 (attendance is not compulsory)
Resubmission of papers following review January 2020
Preparation for publication February 2020
Publication March 2020

Bauman, Z., Bigo, D., Esteves, P., Guild, E., Jabri, V., Lyon, D. and Walker, R.B.J. (2014). After Snowden: Rethinking the impact of surveillance. International Political Sociology, 8(2), 121-144. Doi: 10.1111/ips.12048.

Boister, N. (2015). Further reflections on the concept of transnational criminal law. Transnational Legal Theory, 6(1), 9-30.

Braverman, I., Blomley, N., Delaney, D., & Kedar, A. (2014). The expanding spaces of law: A timely legal geography. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Brenner, S. W. (2009). Cyberthreats: The emerging fault lines of the nation state. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brown, I., & Marsden, C. T. (2013). Good governance and better regulation in the information age. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Clunan, A., & Trinkunas, H. (Eds.) (2010). Ungoverned spaces: Alternatives to state authority in an era of softened sovereignty. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

DeNardis, L. (2014). The global war for internet governance. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

DeNardis, L. & Hackl, A. M. (2015). Internet governance by social media platforms. Telecommunication Policy, 39, 761-770.

Goldsmith, J. & Wu, T. (2006). Who controls the internet: Illusions of a borderless world. New York, Oxford University Press.

Hilderbrandt, M. (2013). Extraterritorial jurisdiction to enforce in cyberspace: Bodin,

Schmitt, Grotius in cyberspace, University of Toronto Law Journal, 63, 196-224.

Johnson, D. & Post, D. (1996). Law and borders: The rise of law in cyberspace,

Stanford Law Review, 48(5), 1367-1402.

Mann, M. & Warren, I. (2018). The digital and legal divide: Silk road, transnational online policing and southern criminology. In Carrington, Kerry, Hogg, Russell, Scott,

John, & Sozzo, Máximo (Eds.) Handbook of Criminology and the Global South. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 245-260.

Mann, M., Warren, I. & Kennedy, S. (2018). The legal geographies of transnational cyber-prosecutions: extradition, human rights and forum shifting, Global Crime, 19(2), 107-124.

Palmer, D. and Warren, I. (2013). Global policing and the case of Kim Dotcom. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(3), 105-119.

Schiller, D. (2011). Special commentary: Geopolitical-economic conflict and network infrastructures. Chinese Journal of Communication, 4(1), 90-107.

Suzor, N. (2018). Digital constitutionalism: Using the rule of law to evaluate the legitimacy of governance by platforms. Social Media and Society, 1-11.

Svantesson, D. (2013). A ‘layered approach’ to the extraterritoriality of data privacy laws. International Data Privacy Law, 3(4), 278-286.

Svantesson, D. (2014). Sovereignty in international law – how the internet (maybe) changed everything, but not for long. Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology, 8(1), 137-155.

Svantesson, D., & Gerry, S. (2015). Access to extraterritorial evidence: The Microsoft cloud case and beyond. Computer Law & Security Review, 31, 478-489.

Svantesson, D. (2017). Solving the internet jurisdiction puzzle. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Warren, I. (2015). Surveillance, criminal law and sovereignty, Surveillance & Society, 13(2), 300-305.

Award: International Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre ECR Travel Bursary/Award

CJSDRC is pleased to announce the International ECR Travel Bursary/Award which seeks to recognise an International Early Career Researcher who is within five years of the completion of their PhD, for high performing research and engagement in an area that specifically links to one of the Centre’s five research themes: Southern Criminology; Governance, activism and social change; Gender, Sexuality and Violence; Policing, diversity and society; and Technologies and digital justice.

The Award:
The Award comprises a $3,000 AUD travel bursary that will contribute towards flights and accommodation to attend the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference from 15-17 July 2019 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The cost of registration for the conference will also be waived.

Nominees should be self-nominated and nominations should include:
• A one-page letter justifying the nomination
• The nominee’s CV including all publications, prizes, grants and scholarships the candidate has been previously awarded
• Copies of up to five (5) selected publications, at least one of which should be concerned with research completed after the completion of the nominee’s PhD
• Nominations should be forwarded by 12 April 2019 to

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be:
• Within 5 years of completion of PhD
• Hold a current appointment (fixed term or continuing) at a University or equivalent tertiary training and research institution
• Available to attend and present a paper at the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference from 15-17 July 2019

Scholars who are currently based in institutions in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria:
• Originality, significance and potential of the research within the relevant theme
• An emerging track record of research impacts such as peer-reviewed articles, and
• Evidence of strong achievement in the form of grants for scholarship and creative works
• The nominee’s level of integration of research into teaching, training and education

Selection Committee:
Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee which will comprise:
• Director, Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre
• Each stream leader from Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre


Building violence prevention expertise in Canada

Tuval Dinner Nafshi (L), Terry Crews (M) and Michael Flood (R) in Edmonton, Alberta at the Leading Change Summit

CJSDRC member, Associate Professor Michael Flood had a highly productive trip to Canada in February, providing two keynote conference addresses, providing two presentations for state policy-makers, participating in two panel events, and running two workshops for violence prevention practitioners.

Michael was invited to Canada by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and SHIFT: The Project to End Domestic Violence based at the University of Calgary. He gave the opening keynote address at the Leading Change Summit hosted by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (Edmonton, Alberta), the first conference in Western Canada on violence prevention. His address was titled, “Engaging Men & Boys: Learnings from Down Under and All Over”. Michael ran two workshops at the conference, the first for state-level policy makers in Alberta and the second for government staff, both on violence prevention. He participated in a plenary panel event on pornography with Terry Crews, the actor and sexual assault advocate.

Michael also gave the keynote address at a separate conference, the Third Annual Canadian Women in Management Conference (Toronto), speaking on “Engaging Men to Become Allies for Women in the Workplace”. He participated in a panel event at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto titled Men in Charge? Masculinities, Power and Politics in the #Metoo Era.

Michael then went on to Calgary, providing two workshops hosted by SHIFT: The Project to End Domestic Violence, with one to the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective and the other to the Engaging Men in Violence Prevention/Gender Equality Learning Collaborative. Finally, Michael gave two TV and two radio interviews.

Dr Kate Gleeson – Emerging Australian Scholar – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference 15-17 July 2019, Gold Coast

We welcome Dr Kate Gleeson as an Emerging Australian Scholar at our upcoming Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference from 15-17 July 2019 on the Gold Coast.  Kate will present as part of the Gender, Sexuality and Violence stream.

Kate is a senior lecturer at Macquarie Law School and a member of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE). Kate is an executive board member of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, and has served as an executive member of Australian Political Studies Association. Kate is interested in in the governance and regulation of bodies, sexuality and reproductive practices and has published widely on the history of the regulation of sexual violence, gay sex, pornography, abortion and sex work. She has particular expertise in justice for crimes of institutional and historical child sexual abuse in Australia and internationally. She is currently writing a book about historical prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and undertaking ongoing research about Irish and Australian histories of institutionalisation.  Kate will be presenting on “Ethics, ambiguity and responsibility for mass crimes of child sexual abuse”.

Further information about the conference including speakers, registration and abstract submission can be found here

Nicola Henry – Emerging Australian Scholar – Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference 15-17 July 2019

We welcome Nicola Henry as an invited Emerging Australian Scholar in the Gender, Sexuality and Violence stream at our 5th biennial Crime, Justice and Social Democracy International Conference to be held at the Gold Coast from 15-17 July 2019.

Nicola is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research investigates the prevalence, nature and impacts of gendered violence, including legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her current research focuses on technology-facilitated violence, including image-based sexual abuse (also known as “revenge porn”).

Further information about the conference can be found here

Essay-“Ordinary People”-Dr Dean Biron

School of Justice affiliated academic Dr Dean Biron has published an essay titled “Ordinary People,” which appears in the Autumn 2019 edition of Meanjin Quarterly.

“Ordinary People” is a quasi-memoir piece reflecting upon the author’s experience of dealing with historical sexual abuse investigations while working as a detective in the Queensland Police Service between 1998 and 2004. The essay considers the impediments to justice faced by abuse victims and concludes by suggesting that their extraordinary courage can help provide a paradigm for broader social reform in Australia.

Dean’s previous writing has appeared in such publications as Child Abuse & Neglect, The Journal of Family Violence, Overland, Children Australia, Metro Magazine, Thesis Eleven, Rock Music Studies and Portal: the Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. His contribution to Meanjin’s “What I’m Reading” blog series will appear in April.

Dean is currently teaching in QUT Justice undergraduate subjects ‘Deviance’ and ‘Policing in Context’.  A full copy of the essay can be found here –