Semester 2, 2015 - Your chance to study with International experts

LAWS8209 Criminal Justice: Global Perspectives : Wrongful convictions in a comparative perspective (intensive course Sat & Sun Aug 15, 16, 22, 23 (Wks 3 & 4)

This year the course will focus on wrongful convictions and will be taught by Professor Kent Roach from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada. Professor Roach is an award winning international scholar who has published widely on miscarriages of justice, counter-terrorism and numerous aspects of criminal justice. He has represented Aboriginal and civil liberties groups in many interventions before the Canadian courts, including Gladue, Wells and Ipeelee on sentencing Aboriginal offenders, and Latimer on mandatory minimum sentences.

This course will examine wrongful convictions in a comparative perspective that will situate Australia's response to wrongful convictions with different responses in the United Kingdom including the creation of a Criminal Cases Review Commission and the United States including a focus on post-conviction DNA testing. Other jurisdictions examined will include Canada, China and New Zealand.

Main topics

· The definition of a wrongful conviction or miscarriage of justice,

· Types of evidence associated with wrongful convictions including false confessions and forensic evidence, and

· Legal, legislative and political remedies for wrongful convictions.

LAWS8105 Juvenile Justice (intensive course Aug 26, 27, 28, 29 (Wk 5)

We are delighted that Professor Barry Goldson has agreed to teach the Juvenile Justice again this year. He is the founding editor of the leading journal 'Youth Justice: An International Journal' (Sage) and has been an adviser to United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children (UK) and to several UK government inquiries. He has published extensively on youth imprisonment, youth justice policy and comparative approaches to youth justice.

Professor Goldson is currently undertaking a major international research study on juvenile justice with UNSW colleagues Professor Eileen Baldry, Emeritus Professor David Brown, Melanie Schwartz and Professor Chris Cunneen (JCU); the study is funded by the ARC. Professor Barry Goldson is Charles Booth Chair of Social Science at the University of Liverpool UK and a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW.

The course provides an introduction to the history of juvenile justice before analysing the contemporary nature of juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system in NSW. Specific issues in relation to policing, community-based corrections and detention centres will be discussed.

The course will investigate the social relations which mediate between the juvenile justice system and the young people who are brought before it by focussing on gender, race and class. It will also examine the broader political determinants surrounding the operation of the juvenile justice system and moral panics in relation to juvenile offending.

Main Topics

· The historical origins and contemporary manifestations of discrete juvenile/youth justice systems will be examined

· The true nature and extent of youth offending

· The multiple competing imperatives that comprise youth justice law, policy and practice

· The module will be underpinned by comparative analyses at local, national and transnational levels