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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

Award Date: 11 Oct 2012

Master, Ruhr University Bochum

4 Sep 200724 Dec 2008

Award Date: 8 Dec 2008

Unknown, Bachelor, Monash University

3 Jan 20032 Dec 2003

Award Date: 10 Oct 2004

Bachelor, Macquarie University Research Centre in Quantum Science and Technology

2 Feb 19988 Dec 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

Board Member

5 Oct 2020 → …


7 Jul 2019 → …


10 Oct 2018 → …

Executive, Committee of Management

20 Feb 20184 Feb 2020

Adjunct Professor

2 Feb 2012 → …

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Research Output

'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: Other contributionResearch

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  • The securitisation of migration and refugee women [PhD thesis]

    Gerard, A., 2014, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 237 p. (Routledge studies in criminal justice, borders and citizenship; vol. 3)

    Charles Sturt University

    Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

  • Crimmigration: Criminal justice, refugee protection and the securitisation of migration.

    Gerard, A. & Pickering, S., 2013, The Routledge handbook of international crime and justice studies. Arrigo, B. A. & Bersot, H. (eds.). United Kingdom: Routledge, p. 587-611 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

  • Australia among the world's worst in dealing with asylum seekers

    Gerard, A. & Vecchio, F., 2012, The Conversation, p. 1-3 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEditorialResearch

    Open Access