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Quilter, Julia Dr

Professor

  • School of Law
  • Faculty of Business and Law

Overview


Professor Quilter enjoys a national and international reputation for research excellence in the field of criminal law and justice. Prof Quilter is currently leading a number of projects on sexual assault law law reform - work that began more than 20 years ago when she completed a PhD thesis on the topic (2000). Prof Quilter is leading the ARC funded project ‘Intoxication Evidence in Rape Trials: A Double-Edged Sword?’ (DP200100101) which is the first Australian multi-jurisdictional study of sexual assault trials and how evidence of intoxication is used in such trials. She is also leading a study into the experiences of complainants in adult sexual offence trials in NSW, commissioned by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (NSW), which will analyse over 75 NSW sexual offence trials. Prof Quilter recently completed a commissioned report for the Victorian Law Reform Commission for the ‘Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences’: Qualitative Study of Rape Trials in the County Court of Victoria, 2014-2019 (August 2021) (co-authored with Professor Luke McNamara). Prof Quilter is also a Chief Investigator on the ARC funded project, ‘Violence, Risk and Safety: The Changing Face of Australian Criminal Laws’ in collaboration with Prof McNamara (UNSW), Emeritus Prof Brown (UNSW), Hon Prof Hogg (UNSW), Prof Loughnan (USyd) and Prof Farmer (Glasgow) (DP210101072). She is a regular media commentator on criminal justice issues having given over 100+ interviews. 

Since 2010 she has taught criminal law and criminal justice at the School of Law, University of Wollongong. In 2015 she was the recipient of an OLT national Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning as part of the First Year Law Integration Team. In 2016, she was named one of UOW’s Women of Impact and she discusses her research and experiences in this video: Justice in Law.

Before commencing her full-time academic career, Prof Quilter spent a decade practising criminal and public law as both a solicitor at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a barrister at the NSW Solicitor General and Crown Advocate’s Chambers. Prof Quilter is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Arts, Honours Class 1 English with the University Medal, 1993), the University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Laws with the University Medal, 2000) and Monash University (Doctor of Philosophy, 2000).

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Research Overview


  • Associate Professor Quilter specialises in research and teaching on criminal law and criminal justice policy and reform. She is currently leading an ARC Discovery Project evaluating intoxication evidence in rape trials and a report evaluating the experience of sexual violence complainants in NSW Criminal Courts commissioned by the NSW Department of Communities & Justice. A/Prof Quilter is also a chief investigator on a large-scale collaborative ARC project on Violence, Risk and Safety in Australian Criminal Laws. She also researchers the hidden impacts of fines, particularly transport related fines, and their capacity to exacerbate disadvantage. Past project have examined criminal law responses to alcohol-related violence and ‘one punch’ fatalities, and the operation of public order laws and local council rules regulating the use of public space.

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Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Julia encourages potential research students in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice policy with a particular focus on sexual violence, fines, legal responses to alcohol-related violence and the regulation of public spaces. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Impact of NSW Sentencing Legislation on Mothers: Insights from Critical Feminist Theory Howson, Stevie
    Doctor of Philosophy Intoxication evidence in New South Wales Sexual AssaultTrials Croskery-Hewitt, Sarah

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Associate Professor Quilter specialises in research and teaching on criminal law and criminal justice policy and reform. She is currently leading an ARC Discovery Project evaluating intoxication evidence in rape trials and a report evaluating the experience of sexual violence complainants in NSW Criminal Courts commissioned by the NSW Department of Communities & Justice. A/Prof Quilter is also a chief investigator on a large-scale collaborative ARC project on Violence, Risk and Safety in Australian Criminal Laws. She also researchers the hidden impacts of fines, particularly transport related fines, and their capacity to exacerbate disadvantage. Past project have examined criminal law responses to alcohol-related violence and ‘one punch’ fatalities, and the operation of public order laws and local council rules regulating the use of public space.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Julia encourages potential research students in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice policy with a particular focus on sexual violence, fines, legal responses to alcohol-related violence and the regulation of public spaces. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Impact of NSW Sentencing Legislation on Mothers: Insights from Critical Feminist Theory Howson, Stevie
    Doctor of Philosophy Intoxication evidence in New South Wales Sexual AssaultTrials Croskery-Hewitt, Sarah
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