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QUT are advertising for a new Lecturer Level B position within the School of Justice, Faculty of Law.
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Date: 15 November, 5:30pm Location: UTS Law Building (5B, 3.18)
You are invited to the launch of the special edition of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy on ‘Limits and Prospects of Criminal Law Reform – Past, Present, Future’ (2017, Vol 6, No 3). A number of the authors from this special edition will reflect on developments and obstacles in criminal law reform.
This special edition arose out of the national Criminal Law Workshop hosted at UTS in 2016, it includes the following articles:
- Arlie Loughnan ‘The Very Foundations of Any System of Criminal Justice’: Criminal Responsibility in the Australian Model Criminal Code
- Thalia Anthony, Craig Longman Blinded by the White: A Comparative Analysis of Jury Challenges on Racial Grounds
- Julia Ann Quilter, Luke McNamara ‘Zero Tolerance’ Drug Driving Laws in Australia: A Gap Between Rationale and Form?
- Bronwyn Naylor, Danielle Tyson Reforming Defences to Homicide in Victoria: Another Attempt to Address the Gender Question
- Sinead Ring Trauma and the Construction of Suffering in Irish Historical Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions
- Penny Crofts Criminalising Institutional Failures to Prevent, Identify or React to Child Sexual Abuse
- Julia Ann Quilter Judicial Responses to Alcohol-Fuelled Public Violence: The Loveridge Effect
- Book review by Honni van Rijswik, Andrea Durbach, Brendan Edgeworth, Vicki Sentas (eds.) (2017) Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission. Sydney: Federation Press.
See the full version at: https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/index
Please RSVP to Aline Roux at Aline.Roux@uts.edu.au
Prof. Reece Walter with speakers
Belinda Carpenter opening the event
On Thursday the 5th of October the Crime and Justice Research Centre, in collaboration with civil society groups the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia and FutureWise, and industry partner ThoughtWorks, hosted an event on ‘Attacks on Encryption.’ This in response to the Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via s’backdoors.’
A panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists examined the social and technical consequences of the proposed new ‘backdooring’ powers. They argued these powers are unnecessary and should be highly concerning for Australians who, unlike other western democracies, do not have a constitutional right to privacy.
Presentations from the night are available at the following links:
Former Senator Mr Scott Ludlam
Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths
Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law
Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns
Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise
Breaking Encryption for Dummies
Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety
Encryption for journalists
Felix Münch, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre
The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’
Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate
Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner
Further information about the event can be found at this link:
CJRC member Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz is a chief investigator on the successful Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) grant Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence under the ANROWS Research Priorities Projects scheme. This interdisciplinary study includes scholars from gender studies, health, criminology, and trauma studies as well as practitioners who work with people who have experienced trauma. Read more
CJRC PhD student Tien Hoang Le has been notified that he has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on Human trafficking in Vietnam: Preventing crime and protecting victims through interagency cooperation. Le’s Principal Supervisor was Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz and his Associate Supervisor was Professor Kerry Carrington. Read more
Join the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia, Future Wise, and the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre at ThoughtWorks Brisbane to discuss ‘Attacks on Encryption: Privacy, Civil Society, and the Surveillance State.’
The Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via statutorily required ‘backdoors’ has been met with wide-ranging privacy and information security concerns.
On 5 October 2017, a panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, academics, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists will unpack the social and technical consequences of the proposed new ‘backdooring’ powers.
At present, it is unclear if Australia’s laws will require so-called ‘backdoor’ vulnerabilities to be built into messaging applications like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. However, if this were to occur, it would enable government access to these services via decryption keys and/or enable remote access to devices for interception of communications “at the ends”. Experts argue that these powers are unnecessary and should be highly concerning for Australians who, unlike other western democracies, do not have a constitutional right to privacy.
This Attacks on Encryption event is relevant to anyone concerned about security and responsible governance and will cover the consequences of engineering ‘backdoors’ into commercially available encryption software, the issues associated with companies being compelled to decrypt user data, and forcing the design of communications tools that allow government interception.
- Former Senator Mr Scott Ludlam: Surveillance politics
- Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law: Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths
- Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise: Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns
- Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety: Breaking Encryption for Dummies
- Brenda Moon, QUT Digital Media Research Centre and Felix Münch, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre: Encryption for journalists
- Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate: The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’
- Discussant: Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner
The event will be hosted at ThoughtWorks Brisbane with catering and refreshments provided, but we will also be live streaming and providing remote links via the cyber.
For more information and speaker biographies and abstracts: https://www.attacks-on-encryption.com/
Note: The event is currently sold out with a waitlist but in the event that CJRC members register then tickets will be released to them as priority attendees.
For further information contact Dr Monique Mann as event organiser.
John Scott alongside the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath and Minister for Child safety, Shannon Fentiman, at a Press conference on Friday
On the 15 September School of Justice Professor, John Scott, joined the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath and Minister for Child safety, Shannon Fentiman, at a press conference in the Queensland Parliament outlining the Palaszczuk Government’s timeline for the integration of 17-year-olds into the youth criminal system, to break the cycle of youth offending, reduce remand numbers and create safer communities.
Staged transitioning will begin in November 2017, and the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Act will commence on 12 February 2018.
The plan also includes:
- Supervised Bail Accommodation Services as an option for 14-17 year olds from November 2017
- Separate zones within Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Cleveland Youth Detention Centre for 10-13 year olds
- Recruitment of new frontline staff for courts, community and Youth Detention Centres
- More resources for courts, including two more magistrates, to ensure timely processes
- Provision of after-hours legal services to young people and increased funding for Legal Aid Queensland
Mrs D’Ath said about 80% of young people in youth detention in Queensland were on remand, awaiting the outcome of their court matters. Often, this is because there is no suitable accommodation or support services for their release on supervision. The nationwide average for young people on remand is 57%.The plan will provide courts with another bail alternative, reducing their reliance on remand as a solution for youths who have no safe home to go to. Nine sites will provide specialised Bail accommodation centres at Carbrook, Camooweal, Jacobs Well, Mt Isa, Wacol, Logan Reserve and in two existing facilities in Townsville. The majority are in rural or semi-rural areas. Youth justice workers would be based at the Supervised Bail Accommodation and there will also be health, education and other services available.
Professor Scott spoke in support of the measures, but said they may not be initially popular.
“It may not win votes; it’s not an ideological initiative, it’s not a political initiative,” he said.
He said “This is Criminology 101, we need to be careful that young people are integrated back into communities and not isolated or stigmatised.”
He also noted that these initiatives would have positive impacts for rural communities and this was important, especially given rural young people faced additional challenges in terms of lack of resources and justice options.