Featured Abstract from #CrimJustAsia17 Conference

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This year the Crime and Justice Research Centre will co-host the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South International Conference with the Asian Criminological Society. The conference will be held in Cairns from 10-13 July 2017 and will feature international speakers:

  • Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (USA)
  • Professor Jianhong Liu, University of Macau
  • Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
  • Professor Chuen-Jim Sheu, National Tapei University
  • Professor Guoling Zhao Peking University, China
  • Professor Stephen Tomsen, University of Western Sydney
  • Professor Elliott Currie, University of California
  • Professor John Braithwaite, RegNet, ANU

Abstracts for the conference are now due by 31 March 2017!

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Recently Published: “Constructing the ideal victim in the United States of America’s annual trafficking in persons reports”

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PhD candidate Michael Wilson and Dr Erin O’Brien from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, have recently co-authored an article published in the interdisciplinary journal Crime, Law and Social Change. Read more

Recently Published – “The Cairns abortion trial: Language, deviance and the ‘spoiled identity’.”

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PhD candidate Brodie Evans and Senior Lecturer Dr Erin O’Brien from the School of the Justice at QUT have recently published an article in the Journal of Sociology titled “The Cairns abortion trial: Language, deviance and the ‘spoiled identity’.”

Abstract: In 2009 a couple in Cairns were charged, and later found not guilty, of illegally obtaining a medical abortion through the use of medication imported from overseas. The court case reignited the discussions surrounding the illegality and social acceptance of abortion in Queensland, Australia. Based on a discourse analysis of 150 online news media articles covering the Cairns trial, this article critically examines the language and key words relied upon by media when covering the Cairns trial. It argues that, despite popular support for the decriminalisation of abortion, emotive language that aligns with a pro-life ideology is still being employed which has the power to shape perceptions of deviance and stigma surrounding abortion. This is useful to demonstrate how media discourse surrounding abortion needs to further align with a pro-choice ideology for women to be empowered for their choices.

To read the full article, click here.

Recently Published — “Human Trafficking Heroes and Villains: Representing the Problem in Anti-Trafficking Awareness Campaigns”

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Senior lecturer Dr Erin O’Brien from QUT’s School of Justice has recently published an article which examines the depiction of human trafficking ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ in anti-trafficking campaigns.The article explores the construction of the ‘problem’ of trafficking using materials from 18 anti-trafficking awareness campaigns to identify assumptions about the causes of trafficking and more specifically, the  trafficking offender.  Read more

In the News: QUT’s Dr Erin O’Brien Discussing Human Trafficking on ABC Radio

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Yesterday was “World Day Against Trafficking in Persons” – a UN initiative aiming to raise global awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. This form of modern day slavery is a serious issue affecting millions of people in different countries around the world, including Australia.

Dr Erin O’Brien from QUT’s School of Justice is an expert on human trafficking and has done extensive research in this area. She spoke to Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio yesterday to offer some insight about the victims, perpetrators and processes involved in human trafficking. Click here to listen to the full interview.