Schwartz, Melanie

UNSW Sydney


Melanie is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice, University of New South Wales. She is currently a Chief Investigator on three research grants which explores alternative punishments to imprisonment; access to justice for Indigenous people in civil and family law; and  the role of the judge in facilitating access to justice when interpreters are used in the criminal courtroom. She has recently completed three further research grants exploring the civil and family law needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia (, the Australian Justice Reinvestment Project ( investigating the potential for a justice reinvestment approach to reducing incarcerating levels in the Australian context, and the Youth Punishment Project (, exploring our attitudes to the punishment of young people.