Criminology, Law, Socio-Legal Studies Summer Scholarships 2015-2016

The Law School and Centre for Crime Policy and Research are pleased to offer several competitive Summer Scholarship placements for the 2015-2016 summer vacation period.

The objective of this scheme is to provide high achieving students with an opportunity to gain research experience - working as an assistant under the supervision of an academic member of staff. It is hoped that scholarship winners will consider enrolling in, or completing Honours within their specified discipline.

Student eligibility requirements

For a Criminology/Legal Studies summer scholarship, this scheme will be open to any 2nd or 3rd year student who is currently enrolled in a degree that is eligible to apply for CJ/LS Honours. e.g. BJS, BJS(CRIM), Law, BBS, BA (CJ/LS Major). Students must have completed a minimum of 18 units of CRIM or LEGL topics (combined).

For a Law summer scholarship, this scheme will be open to any 2nd or 3rd year student who is currently enrolled in the LLB/LP (Hons) or the LLB/LP who seeks admission to the LLB/LP(Hons).

Duration and remuneration for successful applicants

Successful applicants will receive a living allowance of $250.00 per week, and be expected to work full-time for a period of six weeks (or equivalent over a longer period) during the months of December 2015 and February 2016. Part-time arrangements, over an extended period of time, can be negotiated by the supervisor and successful applicant.

At the conclusion of the scholarship period, students will be asked to provide a brief report (500 words) to the Honours Convenor describing their experience and outlining any outputs/outcomes arising from participation in the scheme.

Application Process

1. Download the Application form here:   (DOCX 41KB)

2. Nominate your preferred research project from the list below

3. Submit your completed application form to the Honours Convenor (details listed on application form)

Available projects

The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Prosecution


Dr Nerida Chazal

The International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) was established in 2002 to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression. Since its establishment the ICC has prosecuted crimes in eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Uganda; the Central African Republic; Kenya; the Cote d’Ivoire; Mali; Sudan; and Libya. These prosecutions form a very small percentage of the complaints that are made to the ICC: over 10,400 complaints have been submitted to the Court since its establishment. Complaints involve the submission of evidence of international crimes to the Office of the Prosecutor in order to encourage the ICC to conduct an investigation (and eventually prosecution) into a specific situation.

This project examines the complaints that are made to the ICC and explores the processes and politics involved in the Office of the Prosecutor’s decisions on which cases to progress to the investigation and prosecution stage. Often the questions are asked: why does the ICC investigate some situations and not others? And, why have all the ICC’s prosecutions involved only African countries? This research examines these questions.

Successful applicants will be tasked with conducting literature searches, collating policy papers, undertaking internet-based research on ICC prosecutions and assisting in editing journal articles ready for submission for publication.

Photography in dark tourism/atrocity locales




Associate Professor Derek Dalton

Recent controversies about the appropriate use of photography at dark tourism sites [e.g. a scandal at Auschwitz] have clustered around the inappropriateness of taking “selfies” and other locale-specific photographs at places where atrocities have taken place.  This project seeks to gauge the circumstances/context under which photography is permitted and considered acceptable and juxtapose this with instances of photography that are deemed – variously – voyeuristic, disrespectful and/or intrusive.

The project will seek to use the Internet to identify the broad range of photographic practices that are permitted and encouraged at a sample of memorial sites and, conversely, to identify sites where photography is not permitted.  This can be more complicated than it first appears [e.g. photography of some exhibits is permitted but not others as is the case at Auschwitz]. Successful applicants will be tasked with identifying and summarising literature pertaining to the ethics of photography. This literature is challenging and involves discussion of such themes as:

Whether a photograph can adequately convey trauma and suffering to a spectator;

The limits of photography to ‘capture’ the essence of a place/suffering of an Other;?

The fact that we live in an age saturated by images, and so their power to move us is diluted;

The sanctity of memorial space can renders photography an intrusion of sorts;

Justifications for photography (photo realism engenders empathy).

Victim Self-medication



Professor Willem de Lint
This project will explore key themes relating to victim self-medication. Successful applicants will be involved in preparation of a literature review (to draw out key themes, as well as assist with data coding and analysis of 13 completed interviews with Victim Support Services.

Global Colonialities: Sovereign Debt, Austerity and Neo-Liberal Assimilation



Dr Maria Giannacopoulous

This project interconnects the effaced sovereign debt crisis of colonial Australia with the imperialising economic order in contemporary Greece. It makes a unique contribute to understandings of sovereign debt, an issue that has emerged as a mode of governance affecting an increasing number of countries across the globe with profound economic, legal and political implications.

The student working on this project will be interested in justice issues as they play out on the world stage.  Specifically s/he will be interested in economic and racial justice questions.  The successful applicant will be identifying and summarizing new developments in both Greece and Australia as these will assist Maria with the theoretical work being undertaken for a book that she is writing on the subject.

Internationalising clinical legal education in Australia – International student clients of an on-campus legal clinic




Ms Tania Leiman &

Dr Susannah Sage-Jacobson


This Project aims to gain a greater understanding as to the reasons why international students seek legal advice from the Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, what their legal needs are and what other legal services may be available to international students more widely in the Australian community.

Successful applicants will assist the supervisors analyse the legal information available to international students upon arrival in Australia and to identify whether any gaps in this information may be filled by law students. They will explore the potential role of clinical legal education in internationalizing the law school curriculum, and consider whether any current methods or strategies used by clinical or international educators to internationalize clinical teaching and curriculum in Australian Universities may be applicable for use in the Flinders Legal Advice Clinic. Lastly, this project will identify the benefits to student legal interns in the Clinic of exposure to the legal issues facing international students and consider whether this may lead to gains in internationalizing learning outcomes such as through improvements in cross cultural competency in law students.

Measuring the impact of short-term international learning opportunities on cross-cultural competence in law students




Ms Lucy Evans &

Dr Susannah Sage Jacobson


This project aims to analyse the outcomes of the Flinders Law School 2015 Indonesia Tour as a case-study of a tailored program delivered to law and justice students and developed to build their cross cultural competency.

Successful applicants will assist supervisors to identify how the Flinders Law curriculum currently incorporates the graduate quality of connecting across international boundaries within its learning outcomes. They will seek to gain a greater understanding of the cross cultural competency of Australian law students and whether there are opportunities to develop their cross-cultural competencies as part of their undergraduate law degree. In doing so, students will assist with consultation workshops with the University’s Jembatan Unit and explore the ways in which the skills of cross-cultural competence may be learned, taught and assessed within the law curriculum, such as through learning about language, religion and other social norms.

The project will consider the broader impacts on cultural competency of short-term international learning opportunities offered to law and justice students, and identify the possible future and ongoing benefits to law and justice students of gains in cross-cultural competency.


Should you have any questions please contact the Honours Coordinator(s).

 For Criminology and Legal Studies: Russell Brewer (

For Law: Brendan Grigg (

Applications close November 12 at 5PM.