Law, Crime and Justice
Law, crime and justice lie at the heart of many of the complex challenges of our time. College of Arts, Law and Education researchers have a deep commitment to social and criminal justice that is reflected in a broad range of expertise across the social sciences, humanities and law.
In seeking to achieve better social and criminal justice outcomes we conduct collaborative research that links academics with practitioners and community members. Our researchers engage in interdisciplinary critical scholarship - at local, national and international levels - to address ‘wicked problems’ with a view to improving practice and outcomes.
Our experts work within a human rights framework to engage in research, evaluation and policy development - using qualitative and quantitative analysis – in areas such as:
- green criminology,
- policing diversity,
- forensic studies,
- law reform,
- historical criminology,
- family violence,
- law enforcement and public health,
- emergency management,
- transnational crime, and
- war crimes.
Research Centres & Units
Positive interventions for adolescents using violence at home
Helen Cockburn is a Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania involved in the PIPA (Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home) research project which aims too improve legal and legal service interventions in the lives of young people and their families.
Promoting human rights of people with disability
The Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) has released its latest Issues Paper on a Review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas). The Act covers the laws relating to people who are unable to make decisions about their personal and financial matters, or medical treatment. The review responds to developments in law and policy nationally and internationally, including the right for those with a disability to be treated equally before the law.
World-first electronic monitoring of family violence offenders
The Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) and Tasmania Police have partnered as part of Project Vigilance which provides the capacity for electronic monitoring of family violence offenders. Project Vigilance is a pilot program, which is not only a first of its kind in Australia but a world-first.
Making forensic science easier for non-scientists to understand
Loene Howes completed a PhD at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) in the School of Social Sciences. Loene came to the University of Tasmania because Forensic Studies is a key strength of research at TILES, and a unique program in Australia. Loene now works at the University as a researcher and lecturer.
The intersection of genetics and the law
At the University of Tasmania's Centre for Law and Genetics, experts in their respective fields work together to untangle the ethical, social and legal implications of genetic discoveries and technologies.
This is the future of forensic science
With the advance of technology and our understanding of DNA evidence, forensic science is making all kinds of things possible for crime scene investigators. But is human error holding us back?
We need to think about the legal implications of futuristic biotech
With great leaps forward in biotechnology come complex ethical dilemmas. Here’s how researchers plan on solving them.