ARC Discovery Projects
Monash University is the administering organisation, unless otherwise indicated.
Current ARC Discovery Projects
Summary: This is the first national study of its kind that investigates the trajectories of wrongful convictions as systems failures by examining decisions from investigation to exoneration. Wrongful conviction is a significant social and legal problem in Australia and other nations. It costs the Australian government millions in police, court and prison services and has health and psychological consequences for exonerees and their families. Expected outcomes for this project include an early warning detection tool to identify at-risk cases and overall improved accuracy in convictions. This will provide significant benefits, for criminal justice agencies, victims and accused individuals while positioning Australia as a world leader in the field.
- Dr Rachel Dioso-Villa (CI)
- A/Prof Mai Sato (CI)
Summary: Populist political movements pose a threat to international law because they oppose supranational authority. And yet, populism and international law are grounded in a common source – national sovereignty. The relationship between them is poorly understood. This project will undertake new interdisciplinary research in law and political philosophy to provide a new account of that relationship, and to establish new ways of thinking about how to advance the project of international law in ways which are both commensurate to global challenges and consistent with democracy and political freedom. This account will contribute to wider debates about the future of the international legal and political order in times of uncertainty and crisis.
- Dr Richard Joyce (CI)
- Prof Sundhya Pahuja (CI)
- Prof Andrew Benjamin (CI)
- Dr Rose Parfitt (PI)
- Prof James Martel (PI)
Summary: This interdisciplinary research project aims to explore how records co-creation can be conceptualised in child protection and information law and overseen dynamically through a new digitally enabled, child-centred and rights-based advocacy and regulatory framework, to play an integral role in ensuring that the systems to protect children from abuse and neglect do not themselves cause harm. This project seeks to develop participatory information governance as a new theoretical foundation for proactive recordkeeping and rights advocacy for childhood out-of-home Care. Improved transparency, accountability, efficiency and access to justice are anticipated benefits from this legal, recordkeeping and information infrastructure design research.
- A/Prof Joanne Evans (CI)
- Prof Moira Paterson (CI)
- A/Prof Melissa Castan (CI)
- Prof Dr Elizabeth Shepherd (PI)
The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to investigate the legal and ethical implications of technologies that allow inheritable modifications of the human genome. The use of these technologies in human embryos is fast becoming an international reality, and this project aims to be the first to rigorously examine the implications of this in the Australian context. The intended outcomes of the Project are to clarify the current legal status of inheritable
genetic modification technologies in Australia, provide a comprehensive analysis of the ethics of these new technologies, and, building on this, propose a set of recommendations for regulatory reform to guide Australia’s response to international scientific and legal developments.
A/Prof Catherine Mills (Faculty of Arts)
A/Prof Karinne Ludlow
Prof Robert Sparrow (Faculty of Arts)
Dr Narelle Warren (Faculty of Arts)
This project will reveal the way in which other legal rules and principles influence the effect that a statutory provision has on the content of the law. This will resolve some central debates in statutory interpretation, and in doing so provide guidance to judges and a better understanding of how statute law works in Australia.