- Melanie Schwartz
BA (USyd) MSt (Oxon) MA PACS (USyd) LLB (UNSW)
Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. She teaches and convenes the core criminal law courses, Advanced Criminal Law and teaches into the Indigenous programs in the Faculty, including the pre-law program and the winter school. She convenes the criminal justice stream in the Diploma of Humanities.
Melanie is currently a Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery grants: the Youth Punishment Project (www.ypp.unsw.edu.au), exploring our attitudes to the punishment of young people and the Rethinking Community Sanctions Project, which explores alternative punishments to imprisonment. She has recently completed two further ARC grants: an Linkage grant exploring the civil and family law needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia (http://www.jcu.edu.au/ilnp/) and the Australian Justice Reinvestment Project (www.justicereinvestment.unsw.edu.au) investigating the potential for a justice reinvestment approach to reducing incarcerating levels in the Australian context.
In 2009 Melanie was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2010, was highly commended in the LexisNexis-ALTA Awards for Innovation in the Teaching of Law (Australasia).
Areas of expertise
- Criminal law and criminal justice
- Legal issues affecting Indigenous people
- Human Rights
- Human Rights Defender, Co-editor 2007-2008
- Member, Crime and Justice Research Network
Policy Subcommittee, NSW Campaign for Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young people
Advisory Group Member, Australian Courts Considering Aboriginality project
Subject Specialist, Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Editorial Panel, Indigenous Law Bulletin
ARC Linkage (2010) - Civil and Family law needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia (with Chris Cunneen (JCU) and Larissa Behrendt (UTS))
ARC DIscovery (2012) - The Youth Punishment Project (with Chris Cunneen, Eileen Baldry, David Brown)
ARC DIscovery (2012) - The Australian Justice Reinvestment Project (with Julie Stubbs, Chris Cunneen, David Brown)
ARC Discovery (2017) - The Rethinking Community Sanctions Project (with Julie Stubbs, Chris Cunneen, David Brown, Eileen Baldry)
- Crime & the Criminal Process (LAWS1021)
- Criminal Laws (LAWS1022)
- Crime & the Criminal Process (JURD7121)
- Criminal Laws (JURD7122)