How sentencing and punishing offenders can best address and prevent violence and anti-social behaviour will be discussed at a conference at the Australian National University this weekend.
Issues such as sentencing for family violence offences; women in prison; alternative sentencing options for Indigenous Australians; and the role of neuroscience in sentencing are on the agenda.
Bringing together legal practitioners, psychologists, academics, policy makers and members of the Judiciary, the National Judicial College of Australia’s biennial conference, Current Issues in Sentencing, will provide a unique perspective on how Courts and jurisdictions across Australia are dealing with a range of social issues.
The conference will hear from some of Australia’s most recognised legal experts, including:
- Her Excellency Professor The Hon Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania and Member of the Sentencing Advisory Council;
- Professor Tony Butler, UNSW, researcher into brain injuries of prisoners;
- Ms Felicity Gerry QC, UK barrister, academic and media commentator; and
- Ms Debbie Kilroy OAM, solicitor, social worker and former prisoner.
The conference will feature a number of Indigenous Australians including Mr David Peachy, Ms Tracey Lea Harris, and Mr David Cole who will offer insights into alternative sentencing pathways and some of the common experiences of Indigenous Australians that often lead to criminal offending.
The conference is jointly hosted by National Judicial College of Australia and the ANU College of Law.
For more information and a full program visit njca.com.au.