Dr Vicki Sentas
LLB/BA (JCU), PhD (Monash), Admitted to Supreme Court of NSW
Dr Vicki Sentas joined the Faculty of Law in July 2012 and is a senior lecturer. Vicki researches processes of criminalisation and racialisation in law and policing. She teaches in criminal law, criminology and policing and coordinates the Police Powers Clinic, an experiential learning course, in partnership with Redfern Legal Centre.
Her recent and current research projects examine: the effects of counter-terrorism practices on criminal justice and racialised peoples; the criminalisation of armed conflicts, self-determination and diasporas through the use of security lists; police powers and their relationship to diverse forms of regulation including pre-emption and prosecution; police accountability and criminal justice reform.
Vicki lead the first research study on the controversial NSW Police Force program, the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) - a proactive policing policy that targets suspected future recidivists but disproportionately targets First Nations peoples. The public report (Policing Young People in NSW: A Study of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan, co-authored with C.Pandolfini, Oct 2017) was produced in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre for the Youth Justice Coalition. The research findings outline the impacts of the STMP on the civil liberties of young people. and detail a number of recommendations for change to NSW Police and the Law Enforcement and Conduct Commission.
Vicki is currently working on research with Dr Michael Grewcock comparing police strip search powers across Australia. Commissioned by Redfern Legal Centre as part of their Safe and Sound campaign, the study investigates whether a body of best practice may be distilled from other jurisdictions in order to reform the law in NSW.
Sentas V, 2018, 'Beyond Media Discourse: Locating Race and Racism in Criminal Justice Systems', in Bhatia M; Poynting S; Tufail W (ed.), Crime, Media, Racism, edn. Palgrave Studies in Crime Media and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 359 - 379, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71776-0
Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Law and Poverty in Australia Today: A Reassessment', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 11
Sentas V, 2017, 'The Poverty of Criminal Law: Criminalisation and the Limits of Access to Justice', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission. Editors: Durbach A, Edgeworth B, Sentas V . Federation Press, Sydney 2017, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 249 - 264
Nadarajah S; Sentas V, 2012, 'The politics of state crime and resistance: Self- determination in Sri Lanka', in Stanley E; McCulloch J (ed.), State Crime and Resistance, Routledge, USA, pp. 68 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203101063
Sentas V, 2012, 'One More Successful War? Tamil Diaspora and Counter-Terrorism after the LTTE', in Poynting S; Whyte D (ed.), Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence, Routledge
Sentas V, 2014, Traces of Terror Counter-Terrorism Law, Policing, and Race, OUP Oxford
Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, (eds.), 2017, Law and Poverty in Australia 40 Years After the Sackville Report
Sentas V; Grewcock M, 2018, 'Criminal law as Police power: Serious crime, unsafe protest and risks to public safety', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, pp. 75 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i3.554
Sentas V, 2018, 'Terrorist Organization Proscription as Counterinsurgency in the Kurdish Conflict', Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 30, pp. 298 - 317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2018.1432215
Sentas V, 2016, 'Policing the diaspora: Kurdish Londoners, MI5 and the proscription of terrorist organizations in the United Kingdom', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 56, pp. 898 - 918, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv094
Sentas V; McMahon R, 2014, 'Changes to Police Powers of Arrest in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 25, pp. 785 - 801, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tsh&AN=95066470&site=ehost-live
Sentas V, 2010, 'The violence of 'terrorist organisation' bans', Criminal Justice Matters, vol. 82, pp. 16 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09627251.2010.525946
Sentas V, 2010, 'Terrorist Organisation Offences and the LTTE: R v Vinayagamoorth', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, pp. 159 - 169
Sentas V; Whyte J, 2009, 'Law, Crisis, Revolution', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 3 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2009.10854424
Sentas V; Pandolfini C, 2017, Policing Young People in NSW: A Study of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan, Youth Justice Coalition, Sydney, http://www.yjc.org.au/report.html
Sentas V; Boon-Kuo L; Hayes B; Sullivan G, 2014, Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing and Conflict Transformation, International State Crime Initiative, London
Sentas V, 2010, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, Submission to the Joint Committee for HumanRights on the Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc. Bill (UK), UK
Sentas V; Dias M, 2009, Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic.), Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Review of the re-listing of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Kurdistan, Australia
Sentas V; Dias M, 2008, Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic.), Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Review of the re-listing of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a Terrorist, Australia
Research Supervision Award, ARC 2018
Criminal law, police powers, terrorism laws
Crime and the Criminal Process
Police Powers Clinic