The Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 5th Biennial International Conference was held at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast from 15-17 July 2019. The conference was officially opened by Tony McAvoy, Australia’s 1st indigenous Senior Counsel and QUT Alumnus of the Year 2018. A Welcome to Country was performed by Mr Luther Cora, Bungarre Family of the Yugumbah Language Group of the Bundjalun nation in the Gold Coast/Tweed area.
Around 150 people attended the conference, with representation from 13 different countries. The program content ran over 31 sessions and showcased new and interesting ideas from diverse global perspectives including Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. Our keynote presentation was from Professor Meda Chesney-Lind, from University of Hawaii. Meda gave an interesting and engaging presentation on Feminist Criminology, Repression and Resistance: The Global South Responds to Rightwing Movements in the Global North.” We also welcomed Professor Setsuo Miyazawa as our guest and President of Asian Criminological Society.
We enjoyed Welcome Drinks around the pool at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gold Coast (pictured) and we held an informal conference dinner that introduced our international guests to the great Australian cultural experience of dining in a surf club – set on the shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
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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. An official survey will be sent out to you shortly. We value any feedback you would like to give.