Dr Bronwyn Naylor is a Professor in RMIT's Graduate School of Business and Law.
Bronwyn Naylor is Professor of Law in the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, with honours degrees in Arts and Law from Monash University (BA/LLM), and a Master of Philosophy and Doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University, UK. She worked in private legal practice, and at the Law Reform Commission of Victoria, before taking up an academic position at Monash University in the Law Faculty. She moved to the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University in 2016.
Bronwyn has been teaching, researching and publishing extensively in criminal law and criminal justice, human rights, law and gender, and social justice for over 25 years. Her research includes doctrinal, socio-legal and criminological work, often involving collaboration in interdisciplinary research teams.
An ongoing research project deals with the obligation to protect the human rights of people deprived of liberty in any form of detention, and the importance of effective implementation of the recently-ratified Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).
She also has ongoing research projects on the implications for the rehabilitation of offenders of the routinized use of criminal record checks as a form of risk management by employers. One focus of this research has been the implications of criminal record checking for the employment and greater civic engagement of Aboriginal communities.
Other current or recent projects include a gender critique of defences to homicide, particularly in the context of family violence; reforms addressing the incarceration of women; reforms to laws on the corporal punishment of children; and the scope for restorative justice avenues for victims of sexual assault.
Bronwyn has been a Chief Investigator in several major grant-funded projects in these and other fields, and has consulted to the Victorian Law Reform Commission on a range of criminal law reforms.
She published Australian Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives (OUP 2004) with Bernadette McSherry, and is a co-author of Waller and Williams Criminal Law Text and Cases (13th ed., 2016). She is co-editor of Human Rights in Closed Environments (Federation Press, 2014; with Julie Debeljak and Anita MacKay), Corporal Punishment of Children: Comparative Legal and Social Developments towards Prohibition and Beyond (Brill, 2018) with Bernadette Saunders and Pernilla Leviner, and the Australian Journal of Human Rights Special Issue on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (April 2019) with Sophie Farthing, Ed Santow, Penny Weller and Stan Winford. She has an extensive range of published articles and book chapters, access details for which are provided below.
Dr Naylor has extensive practical experience in research ethics and governance, and was Associate Chair of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee 2008-2014. She is currently a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee in the College of Business at RMIT.
Bronwyn currently supervises doctoral research on projects including abortion law reforms; reforms to sexual assault laws; wrongful convictions on the grounds of false confessions; conditions of youth detention; rights and parents of children with disabilities; and mental impairment defences in criminal law.
Dr Naylor is a member of the Admissions Committee of the Legal Services Council and of the Board of VACRO (the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders). She is a member of the Steering Committee to the Women Transforming Justice project; National Co-Editor of the Alternative Law Journal; and a Panel Member of the Architects Tribunal of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Justice
- Human Rights
- Law, Gender and Feminism
- BA(Hons)LLB(Hons); LLM Monash University, Melbourne
- MPhil(Criminology) Cambridge University, UK
- PhD Cambridge University UK
- Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia
- Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Member, European Society of Criminology
- Member, British Society of Criminology (International Ambassador)
- Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association
- Member, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
- Member, Law and Society Association
- Tyson, D.,Naylor, B. (2019). Reforming defences to murder, an Australian case study In: Contesting Femicide, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Naylor, B. (2019). Comparative Legal Approaches to Corporal Punishment: Regulating for Behavioural Change In: Corporal Punishment of Children, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
- Naylor, B.,Winford, S. (2019). Implementing OPCAT through prison monitoring: the relevance of rehabilitation In: Australian Journal of Human Rights, 2019, 1 - 17
- Gang, D.,Loff, B.,Naylor, B.,Kirkman, M. (2019). A Call for Evaluation of Restorative Justice Programs In: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 2019, 1 - 5
- Heydon, G.,Naylor, B. (2018). Criminal record checking and employment: The importance of policy and proximity In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 51, 372 - 394
- Naylor, B.,Tyson, D. (2017). Reforming defences to homicide in Victoria: Another attempt to address the gender question In: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6, 72 - 87
- Naylor, B. (2017). Judge-Made Law: The 'Menhennit Ruling' And Abortion Law Reform In Victoria In: Victorian Historical Journal, 88, 97 - 113
- Grant, E.,Lulham, R.,Naylor, B. (2017). The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition In: Advancing Corrections Journal, , 117 - 136
- Flynn, C.,Naylor, B.,Fernandez Arias, P. (2016). Responding to the needs of children of parents arrested in Victoria, Australia. The role of the adult criminal justice system In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49, 351 - 369
- Naylor, B. (2016). Implementing human rights in prisons In: Advancing Corrections: Journal of the International Corrections and Prisons Associations, 1, 95 - 100
5 PhD Current Supervisions
- Reducing barriers to employment for Aboriginal people: rethinking the role of criminal record checks. Funded by: Victorian Legal Services Board - Grant from (2019 to 2022)