Alison Gerard

Professor and Head of School

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Professor Alison Gerard arrived as Head of the Canberra Law School in mid-2020. Alison's research focuses on social justice issues 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, will be published by Routledge in 2021.

Alison is on the Executive of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) and the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) as Treasurer. 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 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 will shortly commence on their External Board.  


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

3 Jul 20094 Feb 2012

Master, Ruhr University Bochum

4 Sep 200724 Dec 2008

Unknown, Bachelor, Monash University

3 Jan 20032 Dec 2003

Bachelor, University of Technology Sydney

2 Feb 19988 Dec 2001

External positions

Board Member, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

5 Oct 2020 → …

Executive, Australasian Law Academics Association

7 Jul 2019 → …

Executive , Council of Australian Law Deans

10 Oct 2018 → …

Executive, Committee of Management, West Bathurst PreSchool

20 Feb 20184 Feb 2020

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Research Output

Crimmigration and the Australian legal lexicon: Reflecting on border control, theory and the lived experience

Gerard, A., 2019, Crimmigration in Australia. Billings, P. (ed.). Singapore: Springer, p. 89-115 27 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Embedding Indigenous cultural competence in a Bachelor of Laws at the Centre for Law and Justice

    Gainsford, A., Gerard, A. & Bailey, K., 3 Jun 2019, p. 1-1. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    'Humanitarian borderwork': Tensions between humanitarianism and securitization for NGOs working with asylum seekers in Australia

    Gerard, A. & Weber, L., 16 May 2019, 4 p. United Kingdom : University of Oxford.

    Research output: Textual Creative WorksOther contribution

    Open Access
  • 'I'm not getting out of bed!' The criminalisation of young people in residential care

    Gerard, A., McGrath, A., Colvin, E. & McFarlane, K., 1 Mar 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 52, 1, p. 76-93 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)