Dr Faith Gordon

Senior Lecturer
FRSA, FHEA, PGCert (University of Westminster), PhD (Queen's University Belfast), MSSc, LL.B., LNEA (New Era Academy, London)

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Biography

Dr Faith Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the ANU College of Law, The Australian National University. She has previously held academic positions at Queen’s University Belfast, University of Westminster and Monash University. Faith is the Director of the Interdisciplinary International Youth Justice Network which she established in 2016. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. Faith has international expertise and research experience in youth justice; media representations; children’s rights; criminal law; digital technologies; media regulation and privacy law.

Faith was lead researcher on large-scale ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project: Identifying and Challenging the Negative Media Representation of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, which involved over 170 children and young people, as well as industry professionals and youth advocates. She was also Co-I on a research project on Older Victims of Crime and Crime Clearance Rates, funded by the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland. Faith has also been a researcher for The Hillsborough Independent Panel; the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative; Save the Children and the Children’s Law Centre in Northern Ireland. She is a former Trustee of Headliners UK, a youth and media charity.

Faith’s current research is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australasian Institute for Judicial Administration and the Society of Legal Scholars (UK).

Faith’s first sole-authored monograph: Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation, was published as part of the Socio-Legal Series, Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. She has co-edited a collection on Leading Works in Law and Social Justice for Routledge’s Leading Works in Law series published in 2021. Faith has extensively published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews as well as book chapters in edited collections. She also sits on a number of international editorial boards, such as Communications Law and is book review editor for the journal – Law, Technology, Humans.

Faith has recently published on the topics of lifelong anonymity and pre-charge identification of minors in the digital age. Her research on police release of children’s images has been referred to by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2015), in the Northern Ireland High Court and in the UK Court of Appeal (2019).

Appointments

Invited Academic Research Positions

Research Fellow

  • 2019 – present Associate Research Fellow, Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • 2018 – 2020 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

Research Associate

  • 2017 – 2019 Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London
  • 2016 – present Independent Academic Research Studies International Institute, London

Visiting Academic Positions

  • 2019 Thomas Cormac Centre, University College London (fully funded invited international fellowship)
  • 2018 Research Fellow, Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
  • 2015-2016 Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Significant research publications

Selected

Monograph 

Gordon, F. (2018) Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation, Palgrave Macmillan, Socio-Legal Series.

Edited Collection 

Gordon, F. and Newman, D. (eds.) (2021) Leading Works in Law and Social Justice, Routledge, Leading Works in Law Series. 

Sole-authored Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Gordon, F. (2020) ‘“Children’s Rights and Media Wrongs” in the Digital Age: Australian Youth Justice Contexts’, Court of Conscience, UNSW, Issue 14, November 2020, pp. 76-84 accessible from: https://www.unswlawsoc.org/publications/court-of-conscience
  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘The Facebook Effect: Landmark Decision in Australia Holds Media Companies Liable for Third Party Comments’, Communications Law: Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law, Volume 24 (4).

Co-authored Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Gordon, F., Klose, H. and Lyttle Storrod, M. (2021) ‘Youth (In)Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rethinking incarceration through a public health lens’, Special Issue: Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2020) ‘Exploring and Overcoming Barriers to Justice for Older Victims of Crime’, Criminal Law Review, Crim. L.R. 2020, 12, pp. 1127-1136, December 2020.
  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2020) ‘Improving the Experience of Older Victims of Crime by Reimagining Criminal Justice Conceptions of Vulnerability’, Ageing & Society, pp.1-18.
  • Dunhill, A., Gordon, F., Kidd, A., Kirk, T. & Lundy, L. (2020) ‘Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Issue 2, 2020

Recent news

27
Jan
2021
Social justice
Dr Faith Gordon has recently been invited to join the international editorial board of a new book series focussing on law reform.
08
Dec
2020
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Dr Faith Gordon and London-based youth organisation Catch 22 explore the usage of social media among children and young people and the increasing harm caused by inappropriate online behaviour.

Past events

09
Dec
2020
Online harms
9.00PM to 10.00PM Panel discussion

Join industry experts, researchers and policymakers to discuss and debate the latest on online harms.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research projects & collaborations

Analysing interactions within the criminal deportation system - Funded by The Australian Research Council (Discovery Project) - with Professor Weber, Associate Professor Marmo, Professor Gerard and Professor Bosworth.  Research themes: crimmigration; courts; migration; deportation. 

ARC: DP210100931

Open Justice in the Digital Age – Rights of Children in the Criminal Justice System – Funded by The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration. Research themes: children's rights; courts; criminal justice; digital age; technologies; policy and education.

Online Harms and Self-regulation - Funded by Catch22. Research themes: harm; children; young people; online; technologies; legislation; reforms.

Citizen Children? An Analysis of Counter-Terrorism Measures - with Dr. D. Prabhat, Bristol University, School of Law and Dr. R van Ark, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Funded by Society of Legal Scholars UK. Research themes: counter-terrorism responses; repatriation; children's rights; international law.

Grants

  • Australian Research Council - Discovery Project (with Professor Weber, Associate Professor Marmo, Professor Gerard and Professor Bosworth) (2021-2024)
  • Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Research Project Grant (2020-2021)
  • Society of Legal Scholars Research Grant (with Professor Prabhat and Dr van Ark) (2020-2021)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Event Grant (2019)
  • UCL IOE International Funding Grant (with Dr Iqbal) (2019)
  • Research Forum for the Child, Queen's University Belfast (with colleagues) (2010)
  • Department for Education and Learning (2008-2011)

Consultancies

  • Catch22 Research Project (2020-2021)
  • Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland (with Dr Brown) (2016)

Books & edited collections

  • Gordon, F. (2018) Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation, Palgrave Macmillan, Socio-Legal Series.

  • Gordon, F. and Newman, D. (eds.) (2021) Leading Works in Law and Social Justice, Routledge, Leading Works in Law Series.

Book chapters

  • Gordon, F. and Newman, D. (2021) ‘Introduction: Law and Social Justice’, in Gordon, F. and Newman, D. (eds.) (2021) Leading Works in Law and Social Justice, Routledge – Leading Works in Law Series.

  • Gordon, F. and Mouhiddin, A. (2020) ‘Citizenship Education in the Conflict-Affected Societies of Northern Ireland and Syria: Learning Lessons from the Past to Inform the Future’, in Peterson, A., Stahl, G., and Soong, H. (eds.) (2020) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Gordon, F. (2020) Chapter 4: ‘“Adults decided our fate”: Children and young people navigating space, territory and conflicting identities in the “new” Northern Ireland’, in Stahl, G., Habib, S. & Ward, M. (eds.) (20120) Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging, Sociological Futures Book Series, Routledge.

  • Gordon, F. (2020) Chapter 2: ‘Media Regulation: Strategies to Mitigate the Violence Perpetrated Against Children who are Publically “Named and Shamed”’, in O’Brien, W. and Foussard, C. (eds.) (2020) Violence Against Children in the Criminal Justice System: Global Perspectives on Prevention, Routledge.

  • Gordon, F. and Reilly, P. (2018) ‘Digital weapons in a post-conflict society’, in Tait, R. Clark, T., Snoddy, R., Mair, J. and Fowler, N. (2018) Anti-Social Media? Abramis.

Refereed journal articles

  • Gordon, F., Klose, H. and Lyttle Storrod, M. (2021) ‘Youth (In)Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rethinking incarceration through a public health lens’, Special Issue: Current Issues in Criminal Justice.
  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2020) ‘Exploring and Overcoming Barriers to Justice for Older Victims of Crime’, Criminal Law Review, Crim. L.R. 2020, 12, pp. 1127-1136.
  • Gordon, F. (2020) ‘“Children’s Rights and Media Wrongs” in the Digital Age: 
    Australian Youth Justice Contexts’, Court of Conscience, UNSW, Issue 14, November 2020, pp. 76-84.
  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2020) ‘Improving the Experience of Older Victims of Crime by Reimagining Criminal Justice Conceptions of Vulnerability’, Ageing & Society, pp.1-18. 
  • Gordon, F. (2020) ‘Pre-charge identification of a minor and Article 14 of the ECHR: Judgment in the matter of An Application by in the Matter of An Application by JKL (A Minor) To Apply For Judicial Review and In the Matter of A Decision of the Department of Justice [Delivered: 26.3.2020] Ref: COL11232, [2020] NIQB 29’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly , Volume 71 (3).
  • Dunhill, A., Gordon, F., Kidd, A., Kirk, T. & Lundy, L. (2020) ‘Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Issue 2, 2020.
  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘The Facebook Effect: Landmark Decision in Australia Holds Media Companies Liable for Third Party Comments’, Communications Law: Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law, Volume 24 (4).
  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Preserving Lifelong Anonymity Orders into Adulthood: New Challenges for the Courts in the Age of Social Media’, Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law, Volume 41 (4), pp.491-494.
  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Older Victims of Crime: Victimisation, Vulnerability and Access to Justice’, International Review of Victimology, Volume 25 (2).
  • Gordon, F. (2016) ‘Publication of Children’s Images, Privacy and Article 8: Judgment in the Matter of an Application by JR38 for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2015] UKSC 42’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Volume 67 (2).   

Conference papers & presentations

Selected Activities

Conferences/Seminars/Webinars - Invited Chair

  • 2016 Public Policy Exchange, ‘Ending Gang Violence & Exploitation: Working in Partnership to Tackle Serious Youth Crime’ Conference, Strand Palace Hotel, London.
  • 2019 The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Annual Conference, ‘Justice for Young People Conference’, 8 & 9 November 2019, Melbourne.

Invited Plenary/Keynote Papers

  • 2020 Invited Address at the City of Greater Dandenong - Youth & Family Services, Greater Dandenong Youth Network Conference. Event cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • 2019 Invited Keynote Address at 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), 7 December 2019, Victoria. Keynote entitled: ‘Children’s Rights in Youth Justice: International Legal Frameworks Informing Local Policy & Practice’.
  • 2019 The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Annual Conference, ‘Justice for Young People Conference’, 8 & 9 November 2019, Melbourne.
  • 2019 Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Committee Annual Conference, Keynote entitled: ‘Impact and Ethics: Research with Young People’.
  • 2019 University College London, Institute of Education, Doctoral Student Annual Conference, Keynote co-presented with Dr. Humera Iqbal entitled: ‘Young People on the Margins’.
  • 2018 Female Fraud Association, London, Keynote entitled: ‘Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal’.
  • 2017 BILETA Conference run by The Centre of Information Rights, University of Winchester. Plenary Paper title: Children’s rights and their digital identity: balancing best interests, autonomy and consent (co-authored with Professor Laura Lundy, but sole oral presentation by Dr. Faith Gordon).
  • 2017 Invited by Public Policy Exchange to Present a Plenary Paper at the Ending Gang Violence & Exploitation: Working in Partnership to Tackle Serious Youth Crime Conference on 23 November, the Strand Palace Hotel, London.
  • 2017 Invited by IARS to present at their 5th Annual International Conference entitled: ‘Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment: The Voices of Young, Marginalised Carers’, 27 April 2017. Paper title: ‘Young Voices Count: The Marginalised and Hidden Voices of Young People in the Mainstream Media and Young People’s use of their own forms of Media’.
  • 2014 Plenary Presentation at The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival event ‘Discrimination and Young People’ December 2014. The plenary paper provided an evidence-base the development of the report submitted to the United Nations, entitled: ‘Northern Ireland NGO Alternative Report and Young People's Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’.
  • 2014 Plenary Presentation at the ‘Truth about Youth: Issues relating to the media and to policing’, ARK and University of Ulster
  • 2012 ‘Let’s Talk: Media Representations of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ Conference

Invited Seminar Presentations

  •  2021 'Digital Workshop on Platform and Media Regulation: New Trends in Western Democracies', hosted by the University of Münster & University of Helsinki, 23 February 2021. Title of paper: ‘Australia: New Regulatory Approaches and the Reaction of the Platforms’. 
  • 2020 ANU, Children’s Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, invited to present (along with Sophie Trevitt from Change the Record) on The Age of Criminal Responsibility in Australia, chaired by Professor Sharon Bessell. Webinar available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNfImauWxM&feature=emb_logo
  • 2020 Invited to present with Professor Liz Campbell at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Transnational Criminal Law Group, Monash Law seminar series entitled: ‘Protecting Rights in the Pandemic’ – Session 3: Protest and Policing under COVID-19. The presentation was entitled: Vagueness, Discretion and Policing under COVID-19. Webinar available here: https://www.monash.edu/law/research/centres/castancentre/public-events/e...
  • 2019 Invited by A/Professor Nessa Lynch to present paper entitled: ‘Reputation and Rights of Children who are Identified Pre-charge: the need for changes in the law, regulatory frameworks, policy and practice’, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, at the ‘30 Year Anniversary of the UNCRC’ conference.
  • 2019 Invited by Professor Andrea Nolan, Deakin University to present as Professional Guest Speaker at the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium meeting, March 2019. Paper Presentation: ‘Promoting Social Justice and Prioritising Children’s Rights in Post-Conflict Societies: The Critical Role of Early Years Education’.
  • 2017 ‘Children Rights in the Digital Age: Pre-charge Identification of Minors & the Lacuna in the Legislation’, 13 December 2017, The Law School, Cardiff University.
  • 2017 ‘Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: Northern Ireland Case Study’, 3 November 2017, Centre for Children’s Rights, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2017 ‘The Impact of Media Representations on Children, Young People and their Advocates in a society transitioning from Conflict’, first guest seminar to staff at Thomas Coram Research Unit, 26 September 2017, University College London, Institute of Education.
  • 2016 ‘Children, Young People, Media and Transition’, invited and Hosted by INCORE, November 2016, University of Ulster.
  • 2015 ‘What is Penal Heat? Preliminary Findings from Pilot Study’ (with Dr. Stannard), School of Law, October 2015, Queen’s University Belfast.

Seminar Presentations

  • 2017 ‘Youth, Crime, Media Representations and Stereotyping,’ Seminar presentation and workshop on for Applicant Day to prospective students and parents, March 2017, University of Westminster.
  • 2010 Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative Seminar Series, June 2010. Presented the following papers and chaired panel sessions: ‘Introduction: Research Media Representations of Children and Young People’; The Demonisation of Children and Young People in the Media: Northern Ireland Case Study’; ‘Recap and Introduction’; ‘Introduction and chairing of panel session with the media entitled “How the Media Operates and the Culture of Journalism”’; facilitation of a workshop on making a resource for the media in Northern Ireland.
  • 2010 School of Law Postgraduate Seminar Series, April 2010. Presented the following paper: ‘A Critical Analysis of the Media’s Representation of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’. Feedback session facilitated by Professor Sir Tony Bottoms (Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University) and Professor Shadd Maruna (ICCJ, Queen’s University Belfast).
  • 2009 – 2010 Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative Seminars 2009-2010. Presented the following papers: ‘Broken Britain in the Media’ and ‘Social Constructions of the “Child” and “Youth” in the Media’.

Invited Workshops

  •  Co-authored paper presentation workshop (Dr Daniel Newman and Dr Jess Mant) - Special Issue International Journal of Discrimination and the Law COVID-19: Lessons for and from Vulnerability Theory, Editors Nicole Busby and Grace James with Special Guest Editor Martha Albertson Fineman, February 2021.
  • Monash University and Penn State University, 22-23 June 2020, ‘Children’s Imagery and Data: Use, Privacy and Specific Vulnerabilities in the context of the Criminal Justice System’, Invited workshop - Privacy, Technology & Vulnerability, Prato Italy – event cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • December 2018 Invited Guest to TILES at University of Tasmania to present at a workshop on Police Education and Police Education Research with Professor Jenny Fleming.
  • October 2018 Invited Guest to TILES at University of Tasmania, Workshop on: Law Enforcement and Public Health. In addition, I held mentoring meetings with youth justice PhD students.
  • Invited by Chair of National Union of Journalists' Professional Training Committee to design and conduct workshop on ‘Contemporary Ethical Issues: Reporting on, and Engaging with Children and Young People’, London.
  • 2016-2017 Strategic Leadership and Management in the PhD. Designed and Led Two Full Day Seminars for the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2016 School of Education, Centre for Shared Education Researching in Divided Societies Conference, paper on: ‘Interviewing the “Interviewers”: Researching the Media in Transition’.
  • 2016 Graduate Centre Workshop for Postgraduate Research Students, ‘Post-doctoral Research Experience and Outreach Activities’. Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2014 Children, Young People, Policing and Youth Justice Seminar 2014, Children’s Law Centre and Save the Children. This interactive workshop was for the development of the report submitted to the United Nations, entitled: ‘Northern Ireland NGO Alternative Report and Young People's Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’.
  • 2014 Event organised by Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, University of Ulster, Queen’s University and Access Research Knowledge (ARK) Northern Ireland. Academics, practitioners, various criminal justice agencies, government policy makers and legislators were in attendance.
  • 2010 Association of Criminal Justice Research and Development Annual Conference in Dublin October 2010. Presented research findings entitled: ‘Media Profiling in the Criminal Justice System, North and South’ and co-facilitated a workshop on ‘Media Profiling in the Criminal Justice System’.

Organisation of Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Training

  • 2020-2021 DTP Seminar Series – 12 seminars over 12 months. Accessible online here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCefVbgnCpD6Sh8ARr01oxIw
  • 2020 International Youth Justice Network invited workshop ‘Children, Media, Technology & the Criminal Justice System’, June 2020, Prato Italy.
  • 2019 ‘Would a Public Health Model Approach Effectively Respond to Youth Involvement in Violence in Victoria?’, in partnership with the Children’s Commissioner for Victoria and Honours student Hannah Klose, 28 November 2019, presentations and panel session.
  • 2019 ‘30 Year Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Protecting and Advancing the Rights of Children ‘in conflict with the Law’ in Victoria’, 20 November, Wheeler Centre Melbourne – Expert Panel Session.
  • 2018 Youth Justice Network Book Launch and Expert Panel Event on Youth Violence in London, May 2018.
  • 2018 ‘The Second Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference’, in partnership with The British Society of Criminology Midland’s Branch with De Montfort University’s, Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster, Leicester.
  • 2018 ‘Children’s Rights’ stream of the Socio-Legal Association Conference, University of Bristol.
  • 2017 ‘Get Your Research Career Going: An Interactive World Café Style Event for Early Career Researchers’, University of Westminster.
  • 2017 Proposal and Organisation of Panel for the 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 13-16 September 2017, Cardiff. Proposal and organisation of panel consisting of four papers and was entitled: ‘Children, Young People and Social Media: Consent, Criminalisation and Culpability’.
  • 2017 Department of History, Sociology and Criminology Seminar Series, ‘Turning Research into Action: Knowledge Exchange between Young People, Academic Researchers & Practitioners’, University of Westminster.
  • 2017 The First Research Conference on the theme of ‘Impact’, University of Westminster.
  • 2015 ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project Conference entitled: ‘Behind the Headlines’, project partner, Include Youth, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2015 Two Workshops for Media Representatives entitled: ‘Media Representations of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2015 Taking Children and Young People Seriously: Reflections on Critical Research Conference, Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2014 Behind the Headlines workshop and information evening in December 2014, for 50 young people and youth workers, co-organised with Youth Action NI, MAC Belfast.
  • 2010-2011 Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative Seminar Series. The seminar series explored key issues affecting the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland. They included a group of researchers and NGO representatives, as well as invited speakers. The themes of each two-day Seminar were: Living in a Divided Society; Health, Well-being and Support; Media Representations of Children and Young People; Regulation and Criminalisation of Children and Young People; Gender, Sexuality and Power; Children’s Rights and Ways Forward.
  • 2010 International Conference on Penal Abolition [ICOPA 13], Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2010 Multi-disciplinary Postgraduate Conference on the Child, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • 2009 Privacy and Discrimination: Recent Developments in Domestic and European Convention Law, June 2009. Assisted Professor Brice Dickson at the conference jointly organised by the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast and the Bar Council NI.

Conference Papers (Selected) / Including Invited Conference Papers

  • Public Policy Exchange – Gangs conference, December 2020.
  • International Journal of Children’s Rights, ‘Children’s Rights and COVID-19’, 1 December 2020, ‘Esports and the Gamification of Children’s Play in Times of COVID-19’ (with Dr. V. Verdoodt, L. Archbold, Dr. D. Clifford and Dr. R. Fordyce.
  • University of Leeds, 16-17 December 2019, ‘Tackling the ‘Societal Shrug:’ (Social) media activism against paramilitary-style attacks against young people in Northern Ireland’, Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group Annual Conference (co-presented with Dr. P. Reilly).
  • Australian and New Zealand Criminology Conference, December 2019, Perth, I have organized a panel entitled: ‘#YoungVoicesCount: Re-imagining Justice for Youth in Australia’
  • ANZSOC, December 2019, Perth, Paper: ‘Re-imagining Justice for Youth through a Children’s Rights Lens: A Case Study’.
  • ANZSOC, December 2019 Perth, Paper: ‘Positive Benefits of the Knowledge Exchange Model for Youth Justice: Case Study Examples from Australia, the UK and Ireland’.
  • ANZSOC, December 2019 (co-authored with Dr. P. Reilly), Paper: ‘Social Media as a tool for addressing the ‘Societal Shrug’ existing in relation to Paramilitary-Style Attacks on Young People in Northern Ireland’.
  • American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, November 2019, ‘“Digitally-enabled” Naming and Shaming of Children’.
  • University of Melbourne, 21st February 2019. Conference entitled: The Ethics of Engagement, Participation and Representation, TASA Youth 2019 Symposium, University of Melbourne. Paper entitled: ‘Engaging in Critical and Sensitive Research with Marginalised Children and Young People in a Post-Conflict Setting: Ethical Considerations’.
  • ANZSOC, December 2018, University of Melbourne. Paper entitled: ‘Young People and the Media in a Post-Conflict Society: Challenging Stereotypes and ‘Risking’ Retribution’.
  • Institute of Communication Ethics Annual Conference, October 2018, Conference entitled: ‘Anti-Social Media? The Big Issues’, The Frontline Club, London. Paper entitled (with Dr. Paul Reilly): ‘Anti-social networking? Social media and punishment attacks in post-conflict Northern Ireland’.
  • De Montfort University, Leicester, Conference entitled: Emotions and Criminal Justice Second Annual Conference, 15 May 2018. Paper entitled: ‘Socio-Emotional Impact of Crime on Older Victims in a Post-Conflict Society: Field Note Observations’.
  • University of Warwick, Conference entitled: 'From Trauma to Protection: the twentieth century as children's century', 19-20 April 2018. Paper Entitled: ‘Media Constructions of Children and Young People Navigating Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland’.
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association, Conference: Annual Conference, Bristol University. Paper Entitled: ‘Protecting the identity of Children ‘in conflict with the law’ in the digital age: pre-charge identification and the lacuna in the legislative framework’.
  • University College London, Conference entitled: Adolescent Lives: Cross-disciplinary, cross-national and critical perspectives on youth and wellbeing, Co-Hosted by the Centre for Global Youth and the Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health, University College London, 12 December 2017. Paper entitled: ‘The Impact of Digital Technologies and Social Media on the Lives and Well-being of Children and Young People’.
  • Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Conference entitled: Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards, 17 November 2017. Paper entitled: ‘A Good Case for Reform’ in the Digital Age: Pre-charge Identification of Minors, the Use of Children’s Social Media and Children’s Rights.
  • Organisation of Panel for the 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 13-16 September 2017, Cardiff. Panel consisted of four papers and was entitled: ‘Children, Young People and Social Media: Consent, Criminalisation and Culpability’. Paper Presented: ‘Pre-charge Identification of Minors & Children’s Rights: “A Good Case for Reform” in the Digital Age.
  • International Association for Media and History Annual Conference entitled: Media and History – Crime, Violence and Justice, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media/The French Press Institute, 10-13 July 2017. Paper entitled: ‘Behind the Headlines of “Youth Crime” and “Disorder”: Change and Challenges for the Media during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland’.
  • University of Westminster’s First Research Conference, London, 13th June 2017. Paper Title: ‘Building towards Impact: A case study of the positive impact of knowledge exchange between academic researchers, media professionals, children, young people and their advocates’.
  • 5th Annual IARS International Conference entitled: ‘Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment: The Voices of Young, Marginalised Carers’, 27 April 2017. Paper title: ‘Young Voices Count: The Marginalised and Hidden Voices of Young People in the Mainstream Media and Young People’s use of their own forms of Media’.
  • Association for Journalism Education UK Conference entitled: ‘Future-proofing Journalism Education’, University of Westminster, 20 January 2017. Abstract Submitted: ‘Journalists’ Use of Children’s Social Media Profiles: Contemporary Ethical Issues concerning Privacy, Rights and Regulatory Guidelines’.
  • Children's and Young People's Rights in the Digital Age Conference 26-27 July 2016, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics.
  • Law and Society Association on the theme of ‘Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change’ 2-5 June 2016, New Orleans (Abstract submitted). Proposed joint paper with Dr. J. E. Stannard: ‘Penal Heat: Law, Emotion and Media Representations’.
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 5 April – 7 April 2016, Lancaster University. Paper presented with colleague Dr. J. E. Stannard: ‘Exploring Penal Heat’, Sentencing and Punishment Stream.
  • First Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference 18 February 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester. Invited to present paper entitled: ‘Representations of, and Responses to Youth: “Emotions”, “Discourses of evil” and Criminal Justice Policy in a Transitioning Society’, and to chair panel sessions.
  • International Congress on Law and Mental Health 12-17 July 2015, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, City of Vienna. Joint paper prepared with Dr. J. E. Stannard: ‘Exploring Penal Heat’.
  • Behind the Headlines Conference 24 April 2015, Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative, Queen’s University Belfast and Include Youth. Paper presented: ‘Key Findings from Primary Research’, and academic participant on panel discussion: ‘The Way Forward’.
  • Taking Children Seriously: Reflections on Critical Research Conference 12 January 2015, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Paper presented: ‘Critically Analysing Print Media Representations of Children and Young People during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland’.
  • Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers on the theme of ‘Making an impact: Can legal academics make a real difference?’ 7-9 November 2014, Kilkenny. Invited to present two papers: ‘Penal Heat in the Media: Research Methods and Representations’ and ‘The Positive Impact of Knowledge Exchange between Academic Researchers and the NGO Sector: A Case Study Example’.
  • The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse Colloquium 25 March 2013, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Paper presented: ‘“Emotions”, “Fear” and the “Discourse of Evil”: A Case Study of Media Representations of, and Responses to Youth in Northern Ireland’.
  • International Conference: Moral Panics in the Contemporary World 10 – 12 December 2010, Brunel University, West London. Paper presented: ‘Construction, Portrayal and Treatment of Contemporary “Folk Devils”: Media, Political and Public Reactions to Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’.
  • Sixth Annual North-South Irish Criminology Conference 21-22 June 2010, University of Ulster. Paper presented: ‘“Broken Britain” or “Broken Record”? Media Representations, Patterns of Political “Opportunism” and Implications for Contemporary “Folk Devils”’.
  • Postgraduate Research Student Annual Conference 7 June 2010, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Paper presented: ‘Images of Children in Northern Ireland’s Mass Media: Preliminary Findings’.
  • Postgraduate Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Researching Children and Young People’ 1 June 2010, Research Forum for the Child, Queen’s University Belfast. Paper presented: ‘Can a Picture Paint a Thousand Words? Images of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’s Mass Media’ and invited to chair sessions.
  • Fifth Annual North-South Irish Criminology 15-16 June 2009, University College Dublin. Paper presented: ‘Women, Crime and the Media: A Case Study of the Media Representation of Julie McGinley’.
  • Postgraduate Research Student Annual Conference 9 June 2009, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Paper presented: ‘“Seen but Not Heard”: Mass Media Portrayal of Children and Young People ‘in Conflict with the Law’. This paper was awarded the Hart Publishers Prize for the Best Paper.

Poster Presentations

  • Representations of Children in News Media: Rights, Research and Policy: Revisiting the Oslo Challenge, January 2009. Presented poster entitled: ‘Media Representation of Children and Young People “in Conflict with the Law” in Northern Ireland: A Critical Analysis’, Institute of Education and the Open University, London.
  • Postgraduate Conference on the Child, June 2009. Presented poster entitled: ‘Media Representations of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’, Queen’s University Belfast.

Outreach and Knowledge Exchange Activities

  • 2020 Lead Trainer with Matthew Keely (Youth Law Australia) of a two-day workshop entitled: ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Building Capacity on Implementation and Reporting’, International Youth Justice Network, in partnership with The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Youth Law Australia.
  • 2017 Invited Guest Talk in the Community, Thursday Tea-Time Talks, Hinde Street and West London Mission. Topic: ‘The Outsiders’, talk followed by Question and Answer session.
  • 2017 National Union for Journalists, invited to submit a proposal to National Union of Journalists' Professional Training Committee, Topic area: ‘Contemporary Ethical Issues: Reporting on, and Engaging with Children and Young People’.
  • 2016 Expert Advice to IMPRESS on their Charter, with particular reference to ‘children’, ‘vulnerable adults’, ‘criminal proceedings’ and ‘privacy rights’.
  • 2016 Briefing paper submission and research summary submission to IMPRESS.
  • 2016 - Expert Consultant to legal advocates and practitioners in relation to children’s rights; social media and media regulation, for ongoing Judicial Review cases in Northern Ireland.
  • 2016 Written submission to court in relation to an Application for Judicial Review re: (a minor).
  • 2015 Research assistance to the NGO sector on the draft and finalised report entitled: ‘Northern Ireland NGO Alternative Report and Young People's Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’.
  • 2013-2015 Workshops with children, young people and advocates on: media representations, rights and challenging stereotypes; conducting your own research study and methodologies, at Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre, Bangor and at organisations including the YMCA; Include Youth; NI Alternatives; Youth Initiatives; Youth Action NI; Headliners Belfast.
  • 2007 Invited to provide research evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Stormont OFMDFM officials; representatives from the NIO and the Department of Justice on the media’s demonisation of children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Commissioned reports

  • Brown, K. and Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Improving Access to Justice for Older Victims of Crime: Older People as Victims of Crime and the Response of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland’, QUB and COPNI. (242 pages). 

  • Gordon, F. (Main Author), Scraton, P. and McAlister, S. (2015) ‘Behind the Headlines: Media Representation of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.  The voices and experiences of children and young people, research report’, Belfast: Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

  • Gordon, F. (2013) ‘Media Content Analysis as a Research Tool: A Guide’. 

Government submissions

  • Gordon, F., van Ark, R. and Prabhat, D. (2021) ‘Submission in Response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children’, 21 January 2021.
  • Gordon, F. and Cochrane, J. (2020) ‘Submission in Response to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Call for Comments on the General Comment on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment’, November 2020.
  • Gordon, F. and Reilly, P. (2020) ‘Submission in response to The Democratic Unionist Party’s - Examining online harassment and cyber bullying Pre-Consultation Paper’, March 2020.
  • Gordon, F. and Klose, H. (2020) ‘Submission to the Youth Violence Commission in the United Kingdom’, January 2020.  
  • Reeves, E. and Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Submission in Response to: Scottish Government Consultation on Protective Orders for People at Risk of Domestic Abuse’, Monash Gender and Family Violence Centre’, March 2019.  
  • Gordon, F. and Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2019) ‘Submission in response to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for comments relating to revisions of: General Comment No. 24 (201x), replacing General Comment No. 10 (2007) on children’s rights in juvenile justice’, Monash University Melbourne: International Youth Justice Network. 
  • Gordon, F.  (2016) ‘Submission in Response to: IMPRESS - A New Standards Code for the Press Code consultation’, 29 September 2016. 
  • Gordon, F., Haydon, D., Marshall, C., McAlister, S. and Scraton, P. (2009) ‘Together, Stronger, Safer.  Community Safety in Northern Ireland: A Consultation Paper-Response’, Queen’s University Belfast: Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

Committees

External Organisations

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Internal ANU Committees

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Case notes & book reviews

  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Book Review: Eubanks, V. (2019) Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, New York: Picador, St Martin’s Press’, Law, Technology & Humans, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Book Review: Simpson, B. (2018) Young People, Social Media and the Law’, Routledge, International Journal of Children’s Rights.

  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Book Review: Peleg, N. (2019) A Child’s Right to Development, Oxford University Press’, Australian Journal of Human Rights.

  • Gordon, F. (2019) ‘Book Review: Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan, Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and The Security State, Canada: Fernwood Publishing, 2018; 192pp’, Police Practice and Research.

  • Gordon, F. (2010) ‘Book Review: Marissa Sandler and Deborah Coles, Dying on the Inside: Examining Women’s Deaths in Prison, Inquest, 2008; 192pp’, Punishment and Society, 2010, No. 12.

  • Gordon, F. (2010) ‘Book Review: Louise North, The Gendered Newsroom: How Journalists Experience the Changing World of Media, Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009’, Journalism, 2010, Volume 11, No. 3.

  • Gordon, F. (2010) ‘Book Review: Charles Krinsky (ed.), Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth. Surrey: Ashgate, 2008’, Media, Culture & Society, 2010, No. 32.

Other

Published Conference Proceedings

Online

Media Contributions

  • Interviewed for 2Ser Sydney on ‘How Trump's Language Criminalises Protesters’ (3.6.2020) https://2ser.com/trumps-language/
  • Interviewed by Hope Radio Sydney on Riots and Protests in the US and Young People (2.6.2020).
  • Interviewed for podcast on Youth (In)Justice. https://www.mojonews.com.au/youth-in-justice-change-the-age
  • Invited participant on Canberra Radio about the youth justice system and riots/protests. https://www.2cc.net.au/podcasts/13119-is-australia-s-juvenile-justice-sy...
  • Older Victims of Crime research referenced in the following publications:
  • ‘Changes needed to help older people report crime says age commissioner’, The Irish News, 1 May 2019, accessible online here: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2019/05/01/news/changes-needed-to-help-ol...
  • Invited participant on Radio Adelaide’s Breakfast Show. The broadcast topic was on ‘One Year on from the Royal Commission’, (22.11.2018).
  • Invited participant on BBC Radio 4’s, The Media Show. The broadcast topic ‘Children’s Social Media’ was based on findings I raised in an article entitled: ‘How children feel when journalists exploit their social media profiles. Interviewed along with former tabloid editor Paul Connew (6.1.2016). Accessible online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tvbpl
  • Invited participant on BBC Talkback, radio interview on my PhD research findings on representations of marginalised youth and ‘negativity’ (12.12.2015).
  • Televised interview on NVTV (Local Belfast Television) about PhD research findings and ongoing Post-doctoral research (10.12.2014).
  • Televised interview on NVTV (Local Belfast Television) at the co-organised conference ‘Behind the Headlines’ (29.4.2015).
  • Televised interview on Brilliant Britain – Brilliant Northern Ireland (Community Channel) about publication and launch of ‘Behind the Headlines: Media Representation of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ (26.5.2015).
  • Research findings on ‘Media Representations of Women Prisoners and Offenders in Northern Ireland’ provided to inform BBC Radio broadcast and local Dublin Radio station (2009).

Editorial Board Positions

  • Journal Editorial Board Member: Communications Law; Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation; Youth Voice Journal; Law, Technology and Humans
  • Journal Book Review Editor: Law, Technology and Humans
  • Book Series Editorial Board Member: Anthem Studies in Law Reform

 

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • children's rights / children and young people
  • criminal justice
  • law, digital technologies and marginalised social groups
  • media law and ethics, including social media

I currently co-supervise:

  • Katherine Schofield, PhD - Australian School Leaver and First-Year University Students' Understandings of Consent (Monash University, Criminology)
  • Bianca Johnston, MPhil - Young Women's Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence (Monash University, Social Work)

 

 

 

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

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I have previously supervised:

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MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • children's rights / children and young people
  • criminal justice
  • law, digital technologies and marginalised social groups
  • media law and ethics, including social media

 

 

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • children's rights / children and young people
  • criminal justice
  • law, digital technologies and marginalised social groups
  • media law and ethics, including social media

 

 

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • children's rights / children and young people
  • criminal justice
  • law, digital technologies and marginalised social groups
  • media law and ethics, including social media

I have previously supervised:

  • Hannah Klose, Honours - Public Health Approaches to Youth Involvement in Violence

 

Internship supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • children's rights / children and young people
  • criminal justice
  • law, digital technologies and marginalised social groups
  • media law and ethics, including social media
  • social justice and law reform

I am currently supervising:

  • Bridie Adams, Senior Legal Researcher at the National Judicial College of Australia (2021-2022)

I have previously co-supervised:

  • Interns with the Minderoo Foundation on Children's Rights in the Digital age (With Prof Ford and Dr Clifford) (2020)

 

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS4267
Class #4225
Youth Law Clinic

Past courses

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