Associate Professor Mehera San Roque

Mehera San Roque joined the UNSW Faculty of Law in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Sydney.  Her research interests include Evidence, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and visual/popular culture and surveillance studies, and she has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations, including an ARC funded multidisciplinary and international project examining the participation of deaf citizens as jurors, working with linguists, NSW Legal Aid, interpreters and colleagues from Interpreting and Translation Studies. With colleagues in law, forensic science, psychology and medicine, she is involved in research on identification evidence and surveillance technologies aimed at improving the reliability and evaluation of evidence in criminal trials. She is a member of the Evidence-Based Forensics Initiative at UNSW and on the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.



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Hunter J; Metzger J; Henning T; Edmond G; McMahon R; San Roque M, 2015, The Trial: Principles, Process and Evidence, Federation Press, Sydney,

Hunter JB; Steel Z; Pearson LM; Silove DM; San Roque M; Frommer N; Redman R, 2010, Tales of the Unexpected & Refugee Status Decision-Making: Managing and Understanding Psychological Issues Among Refugee Applicants, First, Faculty of Law and Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Journal articles

San Roque M, 2021, 'Special Issue: Genealogies of Indefinite Detention', Social and Legal Studies, vol. 30, pp. 3 - 13,

Chin JM; San Roque M; McFadden R, 2020, 'The New Psychology of Expert Witness Procedure', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 42, pp. 69 - 96,

Edmond G; Cunliffe E; Martire K; San Roque M, 2019, 'Forensic Science Evidence and the Limits of Cross-Examination', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 42, pp. 858 - 920,

Napier J; Spencer D; Hale S; Roque MS; Shearim G; Russell D, 2018, 'Changing the international justice landscape: Perspectives on deaf citizenship and jury service', Sign Language Studies, vol. 19, pp. 240 - 266,

Edmond G; Martire KA; San Roque M, 2017, 'Expert reports and the forensic sciences', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 40, pp. 590 - 637,

Spencer D; San Roque M; Napier J; Hale SB, 2017, 'Justice is blind as long as it isn’t deaf: excluding deaf people from jury duty – an Australian human rights breach', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23, pp. 332 - 350,

Hale SB; San Roque M; Spencer D; Napier J, 2017, 'Deaf citizens as jurors in Australian courts: participating via professional interpreters', International Journal of Speech Language and the Law, vol. 24, pp. 151 - 176,

Stockdale M; Smith E; San Roque M, 2016, 'Bad Character Evidence in The Criminal Trial: the English Statutory/Common law Dichotomy--Anglo-Australian Perspectives', Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 3, pp. 441 - 471

Edmond G; Found B; Martire K; Ballantyne K; Hamer D; Searston R; Thompson M; Cunliffe E; Kemp R; San Roque M; Tangen J; Dioso-Villa R; Ligertwood A; Hibbert D; White D; Ribeiro G; Porter G; Towler A; Roberts A, 2016, 'Model forensic science', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 48, pp. 496 - 537,

Edmond G; san roque ; Hamer D; Ligertwood A, 2014, 'Christie, section 137 and forensic science evidence (after Dupas v The Queen and R v XY)', Monash University Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 389 - 412,

Hunter JB; Pearson L; San Roque M, 2014, 'Mental health expertise in refugee status decision-making: judging or caring?', International Journal of Evidence and Proof, vol. 18, pp. 310 - 339,

Edmond G; San Roque M, 2014, 'Honeysett v The Queen: Forensic Science, ‘Specialised Knowledge’ and the Uniform Evidence Law', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 36, pp. 323 - 344,

Edmond G; Martire KA; Kemp RI; Hamer D; Hibbert B; Ligertwood A; Porter G; San Roque M; Searston R; Tangen J; Thompson M; White D, 2014, 'How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers', Australian Bar Review, vol. 39, pp. 174 - 197,

Hunter J; Pearson L; Roque MS; Steel Z, 2013, 'Asylum Adjudication, Mental Health and Credibility Evaluation', Federal Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 471 - 495,

San Roque M, 2013, '‘A woman like you’: gender, uncertainty and expert opinion evidence in the contemporary criminal trial (Review Essay: Emma Cunliffe, Murder Medicine and Motherhood, Hart Publishing 2011)', feminists@law, vol. 3

Edmond G; San Roque M; Cole S; Kemp R; Martire KA; Porter G; Tangen J, 2013, 'Justicia's Gaze: Surveillance, evidence and the criminal trial', Surveillance and Society, vol. 11, pp. 252 - 271

Hunter JB; Tay K; Frommer N; Silove D; Pearson L; San Roque M; Redman R; Bryant R; Manicavasagar V; Steel Z, 2013, 'A mixed method study of expert psychological evidence submitted for a cohort of asylum seekers undergoing refuggee status determination in Australia', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 98, pp. 106 - 115,

Hunter J; Pearson L; San Roque M; Steel Z, 2013, 'Asylum adjudication, mental health and credibility evaluation', Federal Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 471 - 495,

Smith GJD; San Roque M; Westcott H; Marks P, 2013, 'Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world', Surveillance and Society, vol. 11, pp. 215 - 221,

Edmond G; Martire KA; San Roque M, 2011, ''Mere guesswork': Cross-lingual voice comparisons and the jury', Sydney Law Review, vol. 33, pp. 395 - 425,;dn=532339284270660;res=IELHSS

Edmond G; San Roque M; Kristy M, 2011, 'Unsound law: Issues with ("expert") voice comparison evidence', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 35, pp. 52 - 112,

Vines PE; San Roque M; Rumble E, 2010, 'Is "nervous shock" still a feminist issue? The duty of care and psychiatric injury in Australia', Tort Law Review, vol. 18, pp. 9 - 32,

Edmond G; Kemp RI; Hamer D; Burton M; Biber ; San Roque M, 2010, 'Atkins v The Emperor: The “Cautious” use of Unreliable “Expert” Opinion', International Journal of Evidence and Proof, vol. 14, pp. 146 - 165,

Edmond G; San Roque M, 2009, 'Quasi-justice: Ad hoc expertise and identification evidence', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 8 - 33

San Roque M; Bilber K, 2006, 'The trouble with pictures: law and visual culture', Law Text Culture, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 4

Redman R; San Roque M; Hunter JB; Hambley TW; Martin H, 2006, 'Three tales of asylum: trauma, credibility and expert evidence', Human Rights Defender, vol. 15, pp. 17 - 19

Biber K; San Roque M, 2005, 'The trouble with pictures', LAW TEXT CULTURE, vol. 10, pp. 1 - +,

Brennan S; Healey DJ; Hunter JB; Johnson D; San Roque M; Wolff LT, 2005, 'Indigenous Legal Education at UNSW: A Work-In-Progress', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 6, pp. 26 - 29

Roque MS, 1999, 'Popular trials/criminal fictions/celebrity feminism and theBernardo/HomolkaCase', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 38 - 65,

Book Chapters

San Roque M; Skanlon A; Beaudry J, 2020, 'An Interdisciplinary and Cross-national Analysis of Legal Safeguards for Eyewitness Evidence', in Miller MK; Bornstein BH (ed.), Advances in Psychology and Law. Advances in Psychology and Law, vol 5, Springer, pp. 137 - 178,

Edmond G; Kemp R; Porter G; Hamer D; Burton M; Biber K; Roque MS, 2017, 'Atkins v The Emperor, the ‘cautious’ use of unreliable ‘expert’ opinion', in Expert Evidence and Scientific Proof in Criminal Trials, Routledge, pp. 303 - 323,

San Roque M, 2017, 'Updating Beliefs: Rethinking the Regulation of Identification Evidence Under the UEL', in Critical Perspectives on the Uniform Evidence Law, Federation Press, Sydney

San Roque M, 2015, 'Identification Evidence', in The Trial Principles, Process and Evidence, pp. 604 - 661

San Roque M, 2014, 'Locating Consent in Similar- Fact Cases: Commentary on Phillips v R', in Douglas H; Hunter R; Luker T; Bartlett F (ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Re-writing Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 291 - 295,


White D; Towler A; Jeffery L; Kemp R; Palermo R; Ballantyne K; Curby K; Edmond G; Martire K; O'Toole A; Phillips J; San Roque M; Wilmer J; Carter T; Dunn J; Tullberg C; Ferguson D; Geach J; Heyer R; Michalski D; Moreton R; Noyes E; Ritchie K; Sutherland C, 2020, Evaluating face identification expertise: Turning theory into practice,


Spencer D; San Roque M; Hale SB; Napier J, 2017, The High Court Considers Participation of Deaf People in Jury Duty, The Law Society of New South Wales,

Tay AK; Frommer N; Hunter J; Silove D; Pearson L; San Roque M; Redman R; Bryant RA; Manicavasagar V; Steel Z, 2015, Corrigendum to "A mixed-method study of expert psychological evidence submitted for a cohort of asylum seekers undergoing refugee status determination in Australia" [Soc Sci Med 98 (2013) 106-115] DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.08.029,

Conference Papers

Napier J; Russell D; Hale S; Spencer D; San Roque M, 2018, 'Evidence-based training for legal interpreters to work with deaf jurors', in Winston B; Monikowski C; Lee RG (eds.), Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring,, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, pp. 256 - 275, presented at 2018 Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 31 October 2018 - 03 November 2018,

San Roque M; Redman R; Frommer N, 2004, '`Narratives of trauma: credibility, expert evidence and the refugee determination process` Traumas of Law', in Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Giffith University, presented at Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Giffith University, 09 July 2004 - 11 July 2004

Conference Presentations

Napier J; Hale SB; Spencer D; San Roque M, 2017, '"I had doubts about how it would work and then I was surprised at how well it did work"', presented at IAFL Porto 2017: 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Porto, Portugal, 10 July 2017 - 14 July 2017,

Hale SB; San Roque M, 2015, 'Deaf citizens as jurors: communicating via court interpreters', presented at IAFL 12th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics, Guangdong, China, 06 July 2015 - 09 July 2015,

Evidence, Surveillance Studies, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and Visual Culture, Acoustic Justice