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Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South Conference 2017

The three-day Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South Conference was held as a joint initiative between QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre and the Asian Criminological Society.  Held over three days in Cairns in regional Queensland, the conference was officially opened by Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan.  A Welcome to Country was performed by Gudjugudju Fourmile of Gimuy Wulubara Yidinji, the traditional owners of Cairns (Gimuy).

Around 300 people attended the conference, with representation from 27 different countries.  The program content ran over 66 sessions and showcased new and interesting ideas from diverse global perspectives including Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.  The conference keynote speakers – Professor Rosemary Barberet, from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Professor Guoling Zhao from Peking University, and Professor Raewyn Connell from the University of Sydney provided well-received addresses to the group at the beginning of each day.

The Conference Dinner was a great night with 180 in attendance.  We were entertained by a Traditional Meriam Cultural Performance and prizes were awards to a number of our guests.

Official photographs are available on the website.  If you would like to share any photographs please send these to or keep adding your photos and comments to our Twitter handle #CrimJustAsia17, which during the first day of the conference reached number one position trending in Australia.

Overall the conference was a great success, providing a special opportunity to enhance the dialogue between criminology researchers and practitioners from all over the world. Below is just some of the great feedback we’ve received.  An official survey will be sent out to you shortly.  We value any feedback you would like to give.


“I just wanted to write to thank you for inviting me, this has been an unforgettable experience.  Such a wonderful group of people and such good food for thought”

Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

“I would like to congratulate you and the conference organising committee of John Scott, Lennon Chang, David Fonseca, Bridget Harris and Monique Mann, supported by Amy Gurd, Robyn Johnston and Bridget Xavier on holding a truly fantastic conference….You will struggle to surpass this effort – even the football result went according to script.”

Professor John Humphrey, Executive Dean Faculty of Law, QUT

“A short note to thank you and your team for hosting a truly excellent conference with the ACS in Cairns and to recognise, and congratulate you for, the distinctive intellectual agenda that you continue to develop in ‘southernising’ criminology (social science).”

Professor Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool, UK

Dear Kerry,

“Thanks for organizing the conference.  What a great setting!  Great food!  Also good plenaries “ Max Travers, UTas,

“I’ve returned to Fiji and I am still very much on my conference high… congratulations on a very successful conference.”

Dr Danielle Watson, Lecturer and Coordinator – Pacific Policing Program, University of the South Pacific,

“Has been a fantastic and fresh conference and dialogue of different peoples, cultures and problems super well organized around a strong and very promising theoretical frame: global south criminology. Good for you!”

Diego Zysman Quirós, Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aries, Argentina

“What a successful conference this year ! Thank you so much for your hard work. I believe that everyone enjoyed it a lot.”

YiFen, Secretariat of ACS

“I am back to Nigeria and thought I should touch base with you and thank you and your team for your assistance so far, in particular for making it possible for us to attend and participate at the just concluded conference on crime and justice, at Cairns.”

Nasara Danmallam, the Attorney General of Niger State, Nigeria.

Thanks for such a great event! Sandra

Professor Sandra Walklate, B.A., M.Litt., FAcSS

Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology University of Liverpool, conjoint with Professor of Criminology, Monash University Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Criminology

“My experience was excellent. The idea of organising everything in a venue (hotel, conference, dinner) was very good. It was very comfortable.

Regarding the structure, the workshops for postgraduates were very interesting, not only for them, but also for non-native English-speaking scholars who experience similar difficulties when trying to publish in English, with others added because of the language. The organisation of each session was mostly very well done, although it is impossible to avoid that some sessions were very heterogeneous. The dinner in Cairns was fantastic. I loved the music. Thank you very much for your hospitality!

Prof Patricia Faraldo Cabana, University of A Coruna Spain


  1. Excellent events and beautiful memories! I enjoyed it a lot.
    My sincere thanks to the organizing team, for making this experience so wonderful.

  2. Kerry Carrington

    Thankyou Xiaoyu for your comments. We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback.

    I agree completely that the organising committee led by John Scott at QUT and Lennon Chang for the Asian Society of Criminology, did a terrific job.