Published date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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As a very challenging year for the university sector – and the world – comes to an end, it is good to be reminded about the quality and importance of the many research activities in which our members have engaged. None have been more important than our commitment to supporting the ongoing struggle to address the over-criminalisation and over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. CCLJ is committed to supporting and amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, advocates and activists who have been campaigning for justice on these issues for decades. It is fitting that our final public event for the year on 3 December will be a webinar panel on ‘Aboriginal Lives Matter in Australia’ (details below).

Another of the highlights of the year has been the (Zoom-facilitated) strengthening of our links with the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds, and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. We look forward to building on our strong foundations with CCJS and SCCJR in 2021, and strengthening our relationships with other research centres, both in Australia and internationally.

We say good-bye to several CCLJ colleagues leaving UNSW this year: Dr Jane Bolitho (see story below), Professor Annie CossinsDr Nicola McGarrity and Professor Julie Stubbs. We thank them all for their contributions to the early life of the Centre. A special thank you to Julie Stubbs, who has been the most generous and outstanding of founding co-directors.

In closing, we note with sadness the recent death of Professor Roger Hood, distinguished criminologist and founding director of the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. We take inspiration from the career of a scholar who, in the words of Carolyn Hoyle and Lucia Zedner, ‘believed that criminology should not only be an academic discipline but also a resource to be deployed in the struggle for both legal and social justice’.

Luke McNamara
Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, UNSW Law