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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.

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Research Centres & Units

Featured Projects

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.

Navigating the law and ethics surrounding genome editing

A partnership between the Centre of Law and Genetics and Menzies Institute for Medical Research will help in navigating the law and ethics surrounding genome editing using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats or CRISPR.