Dr Alice Orchiston

LLB (Hons) (QUT), GradDipLegPrac (CoL), LLM (Syd), GradCertEdStudies (Syd), PhD (Syd)

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 Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, Australian Human Rights Commission, International Finance Corporation (World Bank) and Workplace Gender Equality Agency. 

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Creighton B; Denvir C; Johnstone R; McCrystal S; Orchiston A, 2020, Strike Ballots, Democracy, and Law, Oxford University Press, USA

Journal articles

Orchiston A; Creighton B; Denvir C; Johnstone R; McCrystal S, 2019, 'Pre-Strike Ballots and Enterprise Bargaining Dynamics: An Empirical Analysis', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 42, pp. 593 - 631, https://law.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/3159141/07-Orchiston-et-al.pdf

Creighton B; Denvir C; Johnstone R; McCrystal S; Orchiston A, 2019, 'Pre-Strike Ballots and Collective Bargaining: The Impact of Quorum and Ballot Mode Requirements on Access to Lawful Industrial Action', Industrial Law Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy022

Creighton B; Denvir C; Johnstone R; McCrystal S; Orchiston A, 2019, 'The Role of the “Genuinely Try to Reach Agreement” Requirement in the Protected Industrial Action Regime Under the Fair Work Act 2009', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 31, pp. 279 - 304, https://www.lexisnexis.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/301310/ajll-v31p3.pdf

Orchiston A, 2016, 'Precarious or Protected? Evaluating Work Quality in the Legal Sex Industry', Sociological Research Online, vol. 21, pp. 173 - 187, 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

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

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

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

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 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=AOvVaw3G1xRMdp7QaUpeD6-8efki

Book Chapters

Crofts T; Orchiston A, 2021, 'Male Sex Work and the Law: Regulation of Men Selling Sex within the Context of Female Sex Work', in The Routledge Handbook of Male Sex Work, Culture, & Society


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 June 2018 - 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_programme_19march18_2.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0CQtMsOzJMOcXiWQWMxFxS

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 April 2015 - 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&usg=AOvVaw3yLbM7DGTVFUwLh2xEbgm6

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 September 2014 - 13 September 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 October 2014 - 03 October 2014

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

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

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

Teaching Activity

Criminal Laws (LAWS1022) (JURD7122)

Employment Law (LAWS3028) (JURD7328)