SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UNSW demonstrates expertise through people, centres and institutes and partnership

Established in 2018, UNSW's Centre for Crime, Law and Justice's primary focus is on providing support to multi-disciplinary research on the relationship between criminal justice administration and social justice and human rights; and the relevance of race, Aboriginality, gender, disability and socio-economic disadvantage to victimisation, criminalisation, the criminal process and punishment. Central to this is strong engagement and partnerships with NGO and government organisations for knowledge transfer and advocacy for policy and law reform that enhance social justice.

Founded in 2013, the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world's leading research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. The Kaldor Centre looks at pressing displacement issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and globally, and contributes to public policy by promoting legal, sustainable and human solutions to forced migration.

UNSW's Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation (CLMR)is the premier research centre for the study of the dynamics of market regulation. Centre members produce high quality research on the legal, regulatory and contextual aspects of markets, corporations, finance and business transactions.

Established in 2015, UNSW Law & Justice’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre is the world’s leading centre outside of China for the study and teaching of CIBEL matters, particularly to the Australia-China trading corridor.  CIBEL acts as a long-term strategic initiative to investigate business and economic law issues involving China and Australia, and researches and teaches about CIBEL matters directly relevant to the Australia-China international economic law relationship. 

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law & Justice is a focal point for research and discussion of these and other questions of public law for the academic, professional and wider community. The Centre plays a prominent, independent role in public debate on issues vital to Australia's future, particularly concerning rights and interests of the public, refugees, migration law, as well as terrorism.

Housed at the UNSW Business School, the Institute of Global Finance (IGF) brings together the brightest minds in banking and finance from across the world. Members of the IGF come from leading universities, corporations and research institutes.  The IGF’s overall objectives are to conduct high quality policy research, events and engagement on the following four major themes: Interconnectedness, Global Financial Stability, Global Governance and Global Prosperity.

UNSW's Capability Systems Centre provides cutting edge  research and assurance support for  Defence, government and industry. The Centre focuses on addressing shortfalls in crucial areas of organisational capability, particularly systems science, systems thinking, and research around requirements engineering and project management.

The UNSW Institute for Cyber Security provides a multi-disciplinary approach to research and education around Cyber Security for students and staff. The Institute seeks to empower individuals to make more informed choices when using technology, allowing for progress in education, innovation, and commercialisation.

Established in 1981, UNSW's Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) is an integral part of the Faculty of Law & Justice at UNSW, contributing to the recognition, protection and development of the legal rights and freedoms of Indigenous peoples both in Australia and internationally. As the only Indigenous law research centre in Australia, the ILC achieves its goals by conducting and disseminating innovative and high quality research on Indigenous legal issues and providing community legal education on issues of particular significance. 

Jane McAdam AO is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. In 2021, Professor McAdam was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for distinguished service to international refugee law, particularly to climate change and the displacement of people'.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Equity and Diversity, and a professor of criminology at UNSW, Eileen Baldry has a strong focus on academic and institutional research into criminal and social justice reform and looking at all forms of disadvantage during the political and criminal justice systems.

A professor, and former Dean, in the UNSW School of Law, Society, and Criminology, David Dixon has a strong focus on how regulation affects policing practice. David Dixon's research emphasises the impacts of policing in Australia, England, and the US, and looks at how policy reform and regulation can better improve policing in each justice system.

Gary Edmond is a law professor in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales, where he directs the Program in Expertise, Evidence and Law. His research focuses on evidence-based forensics and its impact on institutional and societal justice measures.

Jill Hunter is a Professor at UNSW's Faculty of Law and Justice. Jill Hunter's areas of teaching and research centre on the law, policies and practices relating to criminal trials. Her research has a strong focus on law reform in areas of laws and procedures in practice, particularly inequities and disadvantage in sentencing and criminal procedures.

Luke McNamara is Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice in UNSW's Faculty of Law and Justice.  His research focuses on the deployment of criminalisation as a public policy tool, with a focus on public order and anti-social behaviour, and safety from violence. In particular, Luke McNamara's recent research has had a focus on how racism influenced particular Australian laws and legal practice, as well as their implications for human rights.

Dr Sarah Williams is a Professor in UNSW's Faculty of Law and Justice. Her teaching and research is focused around global law, with a strong focus on alternative methods for reparative justice and the impact of fitness and capacity on criminal justice proceedings.

Dr Pamela Hanrahan is a lawyer, legal academic and author who specialises in corporate law, corporate governance, financial services regulation, data governance and business ethics. Her research has a strong focus on corporate and financial law, as well as the regulation of financial markets.

Professor Melissa Crouch is an author and academic in the Faculty of Law and Justice with interests including Constitutionalism in the Global South, Constitution-making, Law and Society, Asian Legal Systems, and Law and Religion in Asia. At UNSW, she runs the Asia Law & Policy Forum and is the co-director with Theunis Roux of the project on Constitutionalism in the Global South. 

Dr Michael Salter is the Scientia Associate Professor of Criminology at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. Dr Salter helped persuade 73 UN member states to sign onto a call to action on the removal of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from the internet. Dr Salter worked with international peak bodies in Canada, Austria and the UN to achieve this, as well as partnerships with UNSW colleagues Professor Jan Breckenridge, Dr Tim Wong, Dr Noam Peleg, and frontline police and medical experts.

He also chaired the national Working Group on CSAM Survivors in Australia which helped develop Item 10 of the Commonwealth Action Plan about compensation options for victims of sexual offences.  

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