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Professor Alison Gerard founded and lead CSU's first law program and the Centre for Law and Justice (CSU's law school equivalent). Her research examines the criminalisation of vulnerability and seeks to understand the impact of criminalisation and securitisation through listening to those with lived experience. She is a passionate educator and has developed, alongside key stakeholders, an emerging research program on the incoporation of Indigenous perspectives in law and criminology undergraduate programs. Alison is on the Executive of the Council of Australian Law Deans and the Australasian Law Academics Association, and the CALD Working Party on First People's Partnership. Sje is also the Co-Convenor of CSU's Ally Network, responsible for fostering inclusivity and advocacy for LGBTIQA+ staff and students. 

Professor Alison Gerard's research focuses on social justice issues and has been included in international journals including the British Journal of CriminologyTheoretical CriminologyJournal of Refugee Studies, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fifth book, an edited collection entitled Entrapping Asylum Seekers: Social Legal and Economic Precariousness (with Francesco Vecchio), is published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Alison's legal experience spans criminal law, corporate law, class actions, public international law and legal research.

Research Interests

  • Securitisation of migration
  • Criminalisation of young people in out-of-home care
  • Deaths in custody
  • Indigenous cultural competence in law curriculum

Professional Information

External Appointments and Memberships:

  • Treasurer of the Council of Australian Law Deans;
  • Secretary of the West Bathurst Pre-school Inc Committee of Management
  • The Council of Australian Law Deans Working Party on Indigenous Cultural Competence in Law Curriculum (member)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Editorial Board of Current Issues in Criminal Justice.


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

Law/Criminology, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Criminal Justice and Criminology), Women and Persecution in Refugee Law, Monash University


Award Date: 24 Dec 2004

Law, Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours), University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 12 Dec 2003

Law/Criminology, Doctor of Philosophy, The Securitisation of Migration and Refugee Women, Monash University


Law/Criminology, Masters of International Humanitarian Action, International Transitional Justice in Cambodia, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


External positions

Executive, Australasian Law Academics Association

07 Jul 2019 → …

Treasurer, Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD)

04 Oct 201804 Oct 2020

Secretariat (former President), West Bathurst Preschool Inc

28 Feb 201819 Feb 2020

Web Content Editor, Monash University


Research and Consultancy


Lawyer, Legal Aid VIC


Editorial Board, Current Issues in Criminal Justice


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