Alison Gerard is the Professor in Law at Charles Sturt University and Director of the Centre for Law and Justice. Alison's research focuses on social justice issues and has been included in international journals such as Theoretical Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, Journal 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 is co-lead of CSU’s Reconciliation Action Plan Respect working group (with Annette Gainsford). Alison is Treasurer of the Council of Australian Law Deans and a founding member of the Working Party on Indigenous Cultural Competence.
Alison's legal experience spans criminal law, corporate law, class actions, public international law and legal research. Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Alison worked on medical negligence class actions at Maurice Blackburn Cashman before moving to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons) (Criminal Justice and Criminology) at Monash University. Alison was a Legal Research Officer for Judges of the County Court of Victoria and a criminal and community lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. Alison completed her Masters in International Humanitarian Action with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Bochum University, Germany and the University College in Dublin, Ireland.
Alison has consulted to conflict transformation NGOs in Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia as a researcher and international lawyer and continues to support the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Alison is a contributor to the Border Observatory Project hosted by Monash University, Australia and Border Criminologies hosted by Oxford University, UK.
Alison was awarded her PhD from Monash University and received Monash University's PhD prize for Political and Social Inquiry (Criminology) and the Mollie Holman Doctoral Award for extraordinary academic achievement that is awarded to PhD students who are judged to have presented the best doctoral theses of the year.
$47,496 Australian Institute of Criminology, Criminology Research Grants
|CIs||Dr Kath McFarlane, Associate Prof. Alison Gerard, Dr Andrew McGrath and Dr Emma Colvin.|
|OOHC advisors||John Murray and Annette Gainsford (Indigenous OOHC).|