Rural Crime and the Law Conference

From community concerns to institutional action

Date: Wed 28th Nov 2018 6:30pm - 30th Nov 2018 4:30pm

Location: UNE School of Law
Contact: Elaine Barclay  ebarclay@une.edu.au 02 6773 2014

UNE's 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.

Conference purpose

The purpose of the conference is to examine the efficacy of current laws and policy relating to rural crime and criminal justice to identify:

  • what works and what doesn't work
  • where the gaps exist between the law and community expectations
  • ways to improve practice by all stakeholders in rural Australia.

Keynote speakers

Adjunct Professor Russell Hogg, QUT

Mr Steve Bradshaw, retired assistant commissioner of the NSW Police Force.

Conference highlights

Wednesday 28 November: Welcome evening drinks (starts 5.30pm)

Thursday 29 November: Papers delivered on four key themes:

  1. Rural crime as offences against pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture industries
  2. Issues around the policing of rural crime
  3. Laws and policy and practice relating to rural crime including the legal and criminal justice response in prosecuting and punishing offenders
  4. A criminological approach to consider the social context in which various social and crime problems occur within rural communities in Australia.

Thursday 29 November: Conference dinner.

Friday 30 November: Field trip to UNE's SMART Farm for a workshop on crime prevention on farms. The workshop will be held in conjunction with NSW Police with presentations on DNA testing and GPS tracking for stock.

Who should attend

This conference will be of 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.

See more at the Rural Crime and the Law Conference website.

Register to attend the Conference.

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