Alison Gerard

Professor in Law and Criminology

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Alison's research focuses on social justice and has been published in leading international and Australian journals. Her sixth book, which focuses on the criminalisation of young people in Out-of-Home Care, was published by Routledge in 2022. She is currently a CI on an ARC Discovery Project examining 'Crimmigration' in Australia. 

Alison is on the Executive of the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) and has served on the Executive of the Council of Australian Law Deans (2018-2020). Alison also contributes to the CALD Working Party on First People's Partnership. 

Alison has developed an emerging research program with CSU Indigenous Academic Fellow, Annette Gainsford, on the incoporation of Indigenous perspectives in law and criminology curriculum. Alison founded Charles Sturt University's law program and the Centre for Law and Justice prior to coming to the University of Canberra. Alison was Head of the Canberra Law School from 2020 to early 2023. 

Alison has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from UTS, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(Criminal Justice and Criminology) from Monash University, a Master of International Humanitarian Action from Ruhr University (Germany) and a PhD from Monash University for which Alison won the Mollie Holman Medal. Alison previously worked in private practice and with Legal Aid, including stints at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Maurice Blackburn Cashman and Victoria Legal Aid. Alison has undertaken consultancies with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia and now serves on their Board. Alison is also on the Board of Companion House, Canberra. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Securitisation of Migration and Refugee Women, Monash University

3 Jul 20094 Feb 2012

Award Date: 11 Oct 2012

Master, Transitional Justice in Cambodia, Ruhr University Bochum

4 Sept 200724 Dec 2008

Award Date: 8 Dec 2008

Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(Criminal Justice and Criminology), Monash University

3 Jan 20032 Dec 2003

Award Date: 10 Oct 2004

Bachelor, Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology Sydney

2 Feb 19988 Dec 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

Board Member, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

5 Oct 2020 → …

International Advisory Board, Legalities: The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Society

Oct 2020 → …

Treasurer, Lyneham Primary School P&C

20 Jun 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Current Issues in Criminal Justice

2020 → …

Executive, Australasian Law Academics Association

7 Jul 2019 → …

Executive , Council of Australian Law Deans

10 Oct 201810 Oct 2020

Executive, Committee of Management, West Bathurst PreSchool

20 Feb 20184 Feb 2020

Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University

2 Feb 2012 → …


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