Just Interests: Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 08 August 2018


Innovations Theatre, Building 124, Eggleston Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Robyn Holder


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

The idea of justice and the reality of justice are two very different things. Just Interests examines bothconcepts, offering accounts from lay people and legal officials to explore how the goals and interests of victims of crimes can be accommodated within the criminal justice process. Robyn Holder challenges the typical classification of ‘victim’ for those who have been victimized byviolence, and re-positions them as members of a political community with diverse interests – bothprivate and public.

Departing from conventional approaches that see victims as a problem for law to contain, Holder draws on democratic principles of inclusion and deliberation to posit a criminal justice approach that mobilizes citizens to produce justice in their ordinary lives. This book will be of fundamental importance for analysts and advocates in governmental and nongovernmental organizations to understand victims as citizens first and their engagements with criminaljustice as citizenship practices. It will also be a valuable read for socio-legal scholars and researchersexamining the constitutive nature of peoples and their public criminal law.

About the speaker

Dr Robyn Holder’s work explores the relationship between victims of crime and the state, and the mediating effect of rights. Current projects include an examination of third party advocacy structures in international and domestic criminal justice systems, and innovative justice and service responses to violence against women. She also has a project examining the accountabilities of public prosecution. Most recently Dr Holder has conducted work on specialist domestic and family violence courts, the role of specialist women’s services in responding to violence against Aboriginal women, and the meaning of money as a justice response to sexual victimisation. She completed her PhD at the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU in 2013 after 25 years’ experience in public policy and law reform in Australia and the UK

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