Homicide Law Reform in Victoria: Prospects and Retrospect

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Marking a decade since the release of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's Defences to Homicide: Final Report, the conference will provide an opportunity for leading scholars, practitioners and stakeholders to critically examine the Victorian experience of reform and to provide a comprehensive insight into the genesis, process and outcomes of homicide law reform from an Australian and international perspective.

This is a controversial area of the law that continues to animate scholarly discussion and present challenges in practice both in Australia and in other jurisdictions worldwide.

About the Conference

Dates: 15 and 16 August 2014

Day 1 (Friday 15 August): 9am start (registration will be open from 8:30am) to 4:30pm
Day 2 (Saturday 16 August): 9am to 4pm

Venue: Monash University Law Chambers (MULC)

The two-day conference program will cover a range of topics including:

  • The political need for reform and the role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission
  • Law reform and the media
  • Sentencing practices for homicide offences post-reform
  • Social framework evidence
  • Legal responses to women who kill an intimate partner
  • The ongoing viability of alternative offences and partial defences to murder
  • Legal culture, professional education and homicide law reform
  • Future challenges and new directions for reform

Confirmed speakers include national and international experts on the law of homicide and its reform. The range of speakers brings together those who were involved in reviewing the law of homicide, those who recommended and implemented the reform, and those who have played a key role in the monitoring and evaluation of the law post-reform in Victoria but also more widely in Australia and internationally.

Note: Attendance at the conference can count towards CPD points as professional development.

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Contact information

For inquiries, please contact:

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon (conference co-convenor)
Deakin University
Email: k.fitzgibbon@deakin.edu.au
Phone: (03) 5227 2688