Researcher

Associate Professor Melanie Schwartz

Fields of Research (FoR)

Criminal Law and Procedure, Human Rights and Justice Issues, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law

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Biography

Melanie is an Associate Professor and the Criminology Specialisation Convenor for the LLM in the Faculty of Law and Justice. She teaches and convenes Criminal Laws, Advanced Criminal Law and teaches into the Indigenous programs in the Faculty, including the pre-law program and the winter school. She convenes the criminal justice stream in the Diploma of Humanities.

Melanie is currently a Chief Investigator on three ARC Discovery grants: the...view more

Melanie is an Associate Professor and the Criminology Specialisation Convenor for the LLM in the Faculty of Law and Justice. She teaches and convenes Criminal Laws, Advanced Criminal Law and teaches into the Indigenous programs in the Faculty, including the pre-law program and the winter school. She convenes the criminal justice stream in the Diploma of Humanities.

Melanie is currently a Chief Investigator on three ARC Discovery grants: the Rethinking Community Sanctions Project, which explores alternative punishments to imprisonment; research into access to justice for Indigenous people in civi and family law; and an ARC Linkage grant exploring the role of the judge in facilitating access to justice when interpreters are used in the criminal courtroom.  She has recently completed three further ARC grants: a Linkage grant exploring the civil and family law needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia (http://www.jcu.edu.au/ilnp/), the Australian Justice Reinvestment Project (www.justicereinvestment.unsw.edu.au) investigating the potential for a justice reinvestment approach to reducing incarcerating levels in the Australian context, and the Youth Punishment Project (www.cypp.unsw.edu.au), exploring our attitudes to the punishment of young people.

In 2009 Melanie was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2010, was highly commended in the LexisNexis-ALTA Awards for Innovation in the Teaching of Law (Australasia). In 2018 she was awarded the UNSW Presidents Award for Embraces Diversity, and in 2017 was runner up in the Respect category. 

She was an Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Human Rights until the end of 2019 and is a member of the editorial board of the Indigenous Law Bulletin.

Between 2015-2018 Melanie chaired the Law Faculty's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is was Deputy Academic Lead for the UNSW Athena SWAN gender equity Self Assessment Team until mid 2020.


My Grants

Title:

Access to Justice in Interpreted Proceedings: The Role of Judicial Officers

Chief investigators:

Ludmila Stern, Sandra Hale, Melanie Schwartz, Stephen Doherty and George Bisas

Role in Project:

Chief Investigator

Source and Scheme:

ARC Linkage (competitive)

Commencement date:

2019

Duration:

3 years

Total Amount AUD$:

$252,000 (ARC) + $120,000 partner funds = $372,000

 

Title:

Reconceptualising Indigenous Access to Justice in Civil Law

Chief investigators:

Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz and Larissa Behrendt

Role in Project:

Chief Investigator

Source and Scheme:

ARC Discovery (competitive)

Commencement date:

2018

Duration:

3 years

Total Amount AUD$:

$373,000

 

Title:

Addressing the Australian Penal Crisis: Rethinking Community Sanctions

Chief investigators:

Julie Stubbs, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, David Brown and Eileen Baldry

Role in Project:

Chief Investigator

Source and Scheme:

ARC Discovery Project (competitive)

Commencement date:

2017

Duration:

3 years

Total Amount AUD$:

$230,000

 

Title:

The Comparative Youth Penality Project

Chief investigators:

Chris Cunneen, Eileen Baldry, Melanie Schwartz and David Brown

Role in Project:

Chief Investigator

Source and Scheme:

ARC Discovery Project (competitive)

Commencement date:

2013

Duration:

3 years

Total Amount AUD$:

$429,000

 

Title:

The Australian Justice Reinvestment Project

Chief investigators:

Julie Stubbs, Melanie Schwartz, Chris Cunneen and David Brown

Role in Project:

Chief Investigator

Source and Scheme:

ARC Discovery Project (competitive)

Commencement date:

2013

Duration:

2 years

Total Amount AUD$:

$235,000


My Awards

                   UNSW President’s Award for Diversity

2018

                    Runner-Up, UNSW President’s Award for Respect

2017


My Research Activities

 

 

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Location

Room 362
Law Building
UNSW Kensington Campus

Research Activities

This project aims to examine the ways judicial officers can improve courtroom communication and prevent miscommunication and error, particularly in criminal cases where speakers of the 'new and emerging' and Aboriginal languages are involved, and where interpreters receive limited or no specialised training. Using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, the project aims to generate new knowledge in examining the variations in judicial officers’ communications practice when working with interpreters, and their…