Rural Crime and the Law

A conference on rural crime, law and practice, and the criminal justice response.

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November 2018

University of New England
School of Law
Armidale, NSW, Australia

Abstract submissions and Early-bird registration deadline has been extended to

29 October 2018

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The University of New England, School of Law in collaboration with the Criminology discipline, invites you to a conference that will provide a rich and diverse program with country hospitality that is just a little different from most conferences. The purpose of the conference is to examine the efficacy of current laws and policy relating to rural crime and the criminal justice response to identify what works and what does not, where the gaps exist between the law and community expectations, and seek ways to improve practice by all stakeholders in rural Australia. Click here for more detailed conference information and registration options.

CLE: Legal practitioners may claim one (1) point per hour for their CLE.

Invited speakers include:

  • Professor Russell Hogg (QUT);
  • John Nicholson SC (Retired Judge of the District Court of NSW);
  • Chris Bone (Retired Magistrate);
  • Diana Eades (Adjunct Professor, UNE);
  • Steve Bradshaw (Retired Assistant Commissioner NSW Police Force);
  • Willie Clack (University of South Africa)

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Conference Highlights

  • Welcome: An informal welcome will be held at Booloominbah UNE on Wednesday evening, 28th November.
  • Conference Dinner: 29th November 2018 at Booloominbah UNE.
  • Field Trip: 30th November 2018: A workshop on Farm Crime Prevention (DNA testing, GIS Tracking)

Who should attend

This conference will be of particular interest to academics, police, lawyers, magistrates, environmentalists, community leaders, government agencies and policy-makers as well as farmers, irrigators, agribusiness, and mining company representatives.  We envisage a vibrant discussion focusing on laws concerning property rights around trespass, illegal hunting, mining rights, water rights, Indigenous rights, environmental laws and regulation, firearm regulations, biosecurity, and the challenges for the criminal justice system operating within rural areas.

Call for papers

Proposals for sessions and abstracts (max 250 words) are invited for individual papers (20 mins) or panels on any aspects of relevance to four key themes. Theme one: rural crime as offences against pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture industries; theme two: issues around the policing of rural crime; theme three: laws, policy and practice relating to rural crime, including the legal and criminal justice response in prosecuting and punishing offenders; and theme four: a criminological approach to considering the social context in which various social and crime problems occur within rural communities in Australia.

More information

Abstracts are due 22 October 2018; the outcome will be advised by 29th October 2018. To submit your abstract please email:

Papers presented at the conference also have the opportunity for publication within a special issue of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy on rural crime.  Delegates wishing to have their paper considered for this special edition are asked to provide an extended abstract of 1500 words by 15th November 2018 to Dr Same Varayudeji.  Email:

Full manuscripts will be due for submission via the journal website, by 15th January 2019.

For more information and guidelines for authors, please see IJRLP's Call for Papers: Rural Crime.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the UNE Conference Convenor Elaine Barclay:

Phone: 02 67732014
Mobile: 0412053415