Justice in law

As a leading expert on criminal law and justice, Associate Professor Julia Quilter has been pivotal to debate about new laws aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence.

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Undertaking theoretical, doctrinal and empirical research addressing contemporary challenges, A/Prof. Quilter has a strong orientation towards research outcomes that have high impact in criminal justice policy debates and law reform.

Her career background offers a hint to her current approach fusing research and policy engagement. Quilter’s PhD thesis, undertaken at Monash University, examined the history of sexual assault law, and she spent 10 years practising in criminal and constitutional law as a solicitor and barrister.

Quilter maintains a strong focus on the area of sexual assault and her research in this area has been cited internationally as well as used by those at the coal-face of family violence policy.

However, it is recent debates about alcohol-fuelled violence and ‘one punch’ fatalities that have established Quilter as a top expert in the area. She has commented extensively in the media on the subject, and been invited to address professionals in Iegal practice and government examining the implications of ‘one punch’ and ‘lockout’ laws.

In 2015 Quilter led an interdisciplinary research team on an Australian Institute of Criminology-funded study of ‘Knowledges of “Intoxication” and Australian Criminal Law: Implications for Addressing Alcohol and Other Drug Related Harms and Risks’, and in 2016 was invited to make a submission and give evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence.

Her widely read article, ‘One Punch Laws, Mandatory Minimums and “Alcohol-Fuelled” as an Aggravating Factor: Implications for NSW Criminal Law’, published in the Int’l Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, is the journal’s most downloaded article and her article, ‘Populism and criminal justice policy: An Australian case study of non-punitive responses to alcohol-related violence’ won the 2016 Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for the best article published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 

Committed to educating the next generation of criminal lawyers, Quilter’s has received university and national recognition for teaching excellence. She was part of the team which received the 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award and an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation in 2015.