Dr Alice Orchiston

LLM GradCertEdStudies(HigherEd) PhD (Sydney)

GradDipLegPrac (College of Law)

LLB(Hons) (QUT)

Dr Alice Orchiston is a Lecturer at UNSW Law. Her research is socio-legal and interdisciplinary, focusing on issues connected with labour and employment, the regulation of commercial sexual activity and gender-based violence. Dr Orchiston has specific expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research, online research and researching vulnerable populations. She was awarded a Julian Small Foundation grant, an Australian Postgraduate Award and several faculty scholarships for her doctoral research project titled: Brothels as Workplaces: Exploring Labour Regulation and Compliance in Australia's Legal Sex Industry. Her research-based submissions have been cited by the Australian Law Reform Commission and Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Dr Orchiston previously worked in private practice criminal defence, and later, as a community legal centre lawyer specialising in domestic, family and sexual violence. Her experience includes consultancies for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), Australian Human Rights Commission and Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse. She currently volunteers in the community legal sector.

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Conference Presentations

Orchiston A, 2018, 'Access to Justice for Exploited Workers in the Legal Sex Industry: A Qualitative Study', presented at UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, 11 - 13 June 2018, https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiF7PfTwu3gAhVMfSsKHSi6D7kQFjAAegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ucl.ac.uk%2Flaws%2Fsites%2Flaws%2Ffiles%2Fucl_a2j

Orchiston A, 2015, 'Law and Labour Practices in the Australian Sex Industry', presented at Troubling Prostitution: Exploring the Intersection of Sex, Intimacy and Labour, Vienna, Austria, 17 - 18 April 2015, https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiPyIuQw-3gAhUJWysKHa1MA4cQFjACegQIARAB&url=http:%2F%2Fprospol.eu%2Fis1209%2Findex.php%2Ffiles%2Fdownload%2F158

Orchiston A, 2014, '(Ser)Vice Work: Commercial Sex and Labour Regulation', presented at Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Sydney, Australia, 14 - 15 November 2014

Orchiston A, 2014, 'Decriminalisation for Fair Work? A Study of Working Conditions in New South Wales Brothels', presented at Australia & New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 01 - 03 October 2014

Orchiston A, 2014, 'Licensing Requirements in the Sex Industry: Keeping the 'Bad Guys' Out?', presented at European Society of Criminology Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 10 - 13 September 2014

Orchiston A, 2013, 'Reconsidering the Regulation of Commercial Sex', presented at European Society of Criminology Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 04 - 07 September 2013

Orchiston A, 2011, 'Domestic Violence Entitlements: Safe at Home, Safe at Work', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, Australia, 06 - 08 July 2011

Journal articles

Orchiston A, 2016, 'Precarious or Protected? Evaluating Work Quality in the Legal Sex Industry', Sociological Research Online, vol. 21, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.4136

McCrystal S; Orchiston T, 2013, 'Industrial legislation in Australia in 2012', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 55, pp. 321 - 337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185613480719

Smith B; Orchiston T, 2012, 'Domestic Violence Victims at Work: A Role for Anti-Discrimination Law?', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 25, pp. 209 - 209

McCrystal S; Orchiston T, 2012, 'Industrial Legislation in 2011', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 54, pp. 277 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185612442283

Orchiston T; Smith B, 2012, 'Empowering Victims of Family Violence: Could Anti-Discrimination Laws Play a Role?', Australian Review of Public Affairs, vol. March, http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2012/03/orchiston_smith.html

Orchiston A, 2012, 'GPS Tracking and Domestic Violence Offenders: Promise and Pitfalls', Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse Newsletter, vol. 48, pp. 7 - 9

Orchiston A, 2011, 'Domestic Violence and Labour Law: Making the Case for Change', Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse Workplace Bulletin, vol. Winter, pp. 7 - 8, https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwif9ta8we3gAhVEeysKHeMmAv8QFjABegQIARAC&url=http:%2F%2Fwww.nteu.org.au%2Flibrary%2Fdownload%2Fid%2F1946&usg=AOvVaw3G1xRMdp7QaU

Currently Teaching

Employment Law (LAWS3028)
Employment Law (JURD7328)
Legal Concepts, Research & Writing (LAWS8213)
Legal Research & Writing Stage II (JURD7160/LAWS1160)