Special Edition: Limits and Prospects of Criminal Law Reform – Past, Present, Future

Guest Editors’ Introduction


This special issue traces multifaceted readings of criminal law reform in the context of developments in Australia, North America and Europe. It addresses a range of criminal law legislative regimes, frameworks and issues confronting criminal law reform including as they relate to family violence, organisational liability for child sexual abuse, drug-driving and Indigenous under-representation on juries. In doing so, the articles variously assess the impacts of past criminal law reforms, current processes of reform, areas in need of future reform and the limitations of reform. It poses a number of challenges: Who does law reform serve? What principles should guide the work of criminal justice reform? What is the role and responsibility of universities in law reform? Who are the natural allies of academics in agitating for reform? Is reform of criminal law enough for progressive social change? Do public inquiries and law reform assist with progressive change or do they have the potential to undermine the struggle for more humane and equitable social responses?

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Published: 2017-09-01
Pages:1 to 7
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Anthony, T. and Crofts, P. (2017) “Special Edition: Limits and Prospects of Criminal Law Reform – Past, Present, Future: Guest Editors’ Introduction”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(3), pp. 1-7. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i3.423.
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University of Technology Sydney

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law