HDR Seminar Series

In 2016, CCLJ members Dr Vicki Sentas and Dr Nicola McGarrity established a work-in-progress seminar program for HDR candidates from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences whose research is related to criminal law and criminology. 

This seminar program is unique in that only HDR candidates (i.e. students enrolled in a Masters by Research or PhD program) are eligible to present their work. Presenters are asked to circulate a draft chapter, article or conference paper several days prior to the seminar, and all attendees are expected to read the paper in advance. These papers should be real works-in-progress, not polished papers. In other words, papers should be relatively early drafts that candidates are seeking feedback on. 

During the seminars, presenters begin by speaking about their paper for no more than 5 minutes. Attendees (a combination of academic staff and HDR candidates) are then asked to comment and the presenter will have an opportunity to respond thereafter. The number of academic staff in attendance at each seminar is capped at five. Academic staff are invited by Dr Sentas and Dr McGarrity based upon their particular areas of expertise. Furthermore, HDR candidates are given the opportunity to provide feedback on their peer's work before academic staff are invited to comment.

The primary aims of establishing this program are: to maintain strong relationships between academic members of the Faculty and HDR candidates; to create and maintain a community of HDR candidates interested in the criminal law and process/criminal justice spheres; to give HDR candidates a forum for presenting their research and receiving critical feedback from academics as well as their peers; and to train HDR candidates in the skill of providing feedback about one another’s work.


We are currently planning our upcoming events for CCLJ. We will post them here as soon as they are finalised. Contact us via cclj@unsw.edu.au more information.