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Dr Emma Henderson Lecturer, Law Melbourne

Dr Emma Henderson researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, international human rights law, law reform, and critical legal theory. Emma coordinates and teaches LAW3HRL (Human Rights Law) and LAW1PPL (Principles of Public Law), and from 2020 will coordinate LAW1CRL (Criminal Law). In 2019, Emma taught a session on Australian human rights law at the International Summer School at Bayreuth University in Germany, and is now contributing to an edited collection about regional rights regimes with other seminar leaders from Bayreuth. As Director of Graduate Research, Emma oversees the progress of Law School Higher Degree Research students. Currently Emma is involved in research examining the effectiveness of judicial directions in rape trials, and the role played by courtroom design within trials generally, and rape trials more specifically. In June 2017, she and colleague Dr Kirsty Duncanson hosted an international symposium, The Space of Justice, which explored the relationship between courtroom design and social justice, with specific focus on indigenous justice, community courts, and gender. This symposium has resulted in a Special Issue of the Griffith Law Review (Edited by Henderson/Duncanson, Volume 27(2) published in 2019) and a collected edition to be published by Routledge in 2020 (edited by Duncanson/Henderson). In 2016 Emma led a team of researchers to file Communications with the United Nations Human RIghts Committee in which it is alleged that serious violations of the human rights of two indigenous men held in mandatory detention in the Northern Territory, in breach of Australia's legal obligations under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; these matters are ongoing.


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