OPINION: Vulnerable people are not policy levers to "send a message", especially not when doing so subjects them to horrors. Deterrence in refugee policy lacks safeguards we expect for ourselves, writes law professor David Dixon. Read More
David Dixon is Dean of Law at the University of NSW. He has acted as adviser to the Home Office (England & Wales), the (then) Criminal Justice Commission (Queensland), the NSW Police, and the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service (NSW). As well as teaching Criminal Law in the LL.B. and Policing in the LL.M., he has taught B.Soc.Sci. Criminology students. He was co-editor of Criminal Justice: An International Journal of Policy and Practice, and editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Focusing on the interrelationships between law and policing practice, his recent and current research includes projects on police interrogation; comparative crime control strategies, police reform, and the policing of drug markets.
OPINION: A mature Australia should be able to understand and deal with its history, says UNSW's dean of law. The recent media storm over university guidelines was sensationalist and inaccurate. Read More