Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Alison Gerard

Professor Alison Gerard


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.

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  • Securitisation of Migration and Refugee Women
  • Securitisation of Migration and Humanitarianism
  • Out-of-Home Care and the Criminalisation of Young People
  • Indigenous Cultural Competence in Law Curriculum

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PhD Supervision

  • Tasia Power – ‘The Securitisation of Migration and Humanitarian Aid’
  • Tracey Kerr – ‘State Crime and the Right to Health in Australia’s Detention Centres’
  • Sally Galovic – ‘Policing – Aboriginal Community Police Officers; difference between this role and Native Police? Service delivery? Outcomes‘
  • Leighann Spencer – ‘Vigilantism in Kenya and Nigeria’

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$47,496 Australian Institute of Criminology, Criminology Research Grants

CIsDr Kath McFarlane, Associate Prof. Alison Gerard, Dr Andrew McGrath and Dr Emma Colvin.
OOHC advisorsJohn Murray and Annette Gainsford (Indigenous OOHC).

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  • Council of Australian Law Deans Executive as Treasurer
  • Council of Australian Law Deans Strategy Committee
  • Council of Australian Law Deans Working Party on Indigenous Cultural Competence
  • Co-Chair, Reconciliation Action Plan, ‘Respect’ Working Group – Charles Sturt University
  • President of Management Committee, West Bathurst Preschool Inc.

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Selected Publications

  • Gerard, A. & Weber, L. (2019) ‘Humanitarian borderwork’: Identifying tensions between humanitarianism and securitization for government contracted NGOs working with adult and unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Australia Theoretical Criminology: an international journal (Published online 4 Jan 2019) p. 1-18
  • Gerard, A. & Gainsford, A. (2018) ‘Using Legislation to Teach Indigenous Cultural Competence in an Introductory Law Subject’ Legal Education Review 28(2), p. 1-19
  • Gerard, A. (in press) ‚Crimmigration and the Australian Legal Lexicon: Reflecting on Border Control, Theory and the Lived Experience‘ in Billings, P (Ed) Crimmigration in Australia. Springer: London
  • Gerard A, McGrath A, Colvin, E, McFarlane K, (2018) ‘I’m not getting out of bed! The criminalisation of young people in residential care’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology Published online
  • Colvin, E., McFarlane K., Gerard, A., McGrath, A. (2018) ‘We don’t do Measure and Quotes’: How Agency Responses Criminalise and Endanger the Safety of Children Missing in Care in NSW Australia’ The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, Published Online 27 April 2018
  • Gerard, A (2017) ‘Contesting entrapment: women asylum seekers in Hong Kong‘ in Vecchio, F & Gerard, A (eds) Entrapping Asylum Seekers, London: Palgrave McMillan
  • Gerard, A, Gainsford, A & Bailey, K, (2017) ‘Embedding Indigenous Cultural Competence into Law Curriculum: The CSU Experience’, at Australian Academy of Law Conference, 11 August 2017, Sydney.
  • Gerard A. (2017) ‘Securitisation of Migration, Humanitarian Aid and Unaccompanied Minors’, Transforming Borders from Below, Monash Prato, Italy, 19 September 2017.
  • Gerard, A & Vecchio, F (2017), ‘Entrapping Asylum Seekers’ in Vecchio, F & Gerard, A (eds) Entrapping Asylum Seekers, London: Palgrave McMillan
  • Vecchio, F. & Gerard., A (Eds) (2017) Entrapping Asylum Seekers, London: Palgrave McMillan
  • Power, E., Gerard, A., Paul, C., Fisher, H., Reimer, L., Crabtree, L., Smith-Ruig, T., (2016) 'Reimaging NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters' The Conversation, 1 August 2016, Available at:
  • Gerard, A., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., & Reimer, L. (2016) 'Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all' The Conversation, 1 August 2016, Available at:
  • Gerard, A., & Kerr, T. (2016), 'Gendered and Racialised Violence in Australia's Offshore Detention Centres: Interrogating Official Accounts' in Fitzgibbon, K & Walklate, S (eds) Murder, Gender and Responsibility, Routledge.
  • Vecchio, F, & Gerard, A. (2014) 'Surviving the politics of illegality' in Pickering, S. The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration, Routledge: London.
  • Gerard, A. & Pickering, S. (2014), 'Crimmigration: criminal justice, refugee protection and the securitisation of migration' in Bersot, H. & Arrigo, B. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, Routledge: London.
  • Gerard, A. (2014) The Securitisation of Migration and Refugee Women, London: Routledge.
  • Gerard, A. (2014) ''The Securitization of Migration and Refugee Women': Qualitative Research with Somali Women in Malta' Border Criminologies, 12 May, Available at:
  • Gerard, A & Pickering, S (2013) 'Gender, Securitisation and Transit: Refugee women and the Journey to the EU' Journal of Refugee Studies, Published online October 27, 2013.
  • Ham, J & Gerard, A (2013) 'Strategic invisibility: Does agency make sex workers invisible?' in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Published online September 3, 2013.
  • Pickering, S., Maher, J., Gerard, A. (2012), 'Privileging work not sex: Flexibility and employment in the sexual services industry', Sociological Review, 60(4): 654-75.
  • Gerard, A., & Pickering, S., (2012) 'The Crime and Punishment of Somali women's extra-legal arrival in Malta' British Journal of Criminology, 52(3): 514-533.
  • Pickering, S., Maher, J., Gerard, A. (2012), SEX WORK: Labour, Mobility and Sexual Services, London: Routledge.
  • Pickering, S., & Gerard, A. (2011) 'The Journey to the Border, Continuums of Crossing', in Pickering, S. Women, Borders and Violence: Current Issues in Asylum, Forced Migration and Trafficking, Springer, London.
  • Gerard, A. Chann, S (2010) Listening to Voices from the Inside: Ethnic People Speak!, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Phnom Penh.
  • Gerard, A. Chann, S (2009) Listening to Voices from the Inside: The Impact of Cyclone Nargis on Civil Society in Myanmar, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Phnom Penh.

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