Experts have warned that Australians’ civil rights are being incrementally eroded following a string of legislative changes and (mis)use of police powers. Drawing upon the recent momentum of the Rethinking Strip Search Report, this article traverses interrelated examples of legislation and police practices that are infringing upon a cornerstone of Australia’s democracy — civil rights.
The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice would like to acknowledge the Bedegal people of the Eora Nation that are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
About the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
Building on the strong tradition of criminal justice research and scholarship at UNSW, the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice was established in 2018. The Centre's primary goal is to support staff and higher degree researchers in the production of multi-disciplinary scholarship on important topics in criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and crime prevention that are of pressing local, national and international significance.
Core themes for the Centre's research programs are: the relationship between criminal justice administration and social justice and human rights; and the relevance of race, Aboriginality, gender, disability and socio-economic disadvantage to victimisation, criminalisation, the criminal process and punishment.
Consistent with these themes, the Centre has a strong focus on effective knowledge transfer and advocacy for policy and law reform outcomes that enhance social justice. Engagement and partnerships with NGO and government organisations is an important feature of our work.
Centre members include more than 50 staff and HDR researchers across the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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