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.
Dr Naylor 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 addresses 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 United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). Dr Naylor is an appointed member of the OPCAT Advisory Group, the civil society advisory group to the Commonwealth Ombudsman as Australia's NPM Coordinator. She was also a Member of the OPCAT Advisory Group to the Victorian Ombudsman (December 2018-September 2019). Dr Naylor co-founded the Australia OPCAT Network in 2016 and continues as a co-ordinator of the Network, working with civil society, academics, oversight entities and others supporting OPCAT's effective implementation in Australia.
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. A focus of this research has been the impact of criminal record checking on the employment and greater civic engagement of Aboriginal communities. Dr Naylor currently holds a three-year grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board, 'Reducing barriers to employment for Aboriginal people: rethinking the role of criminal record checks', with RMIT colleagues and Aboriginal organisations Woor-Dungin, VACCHO and Winda Mara.
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. Dr Naylor 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 (14th ed., 2020). 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 and Law at RMIT.
Dr Naylor currently supervises doctoral research on projects including wrongful convictions on the grounds of false confessions; sentencing practices; 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 Board of VACRO (the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) and of the Steering Committee to the Women Transforming Justice project, and is National Co-Editor of the Alternative Law Journal. She was an appointed Member of the Admissions Committee, Legal Services Council 2017-2020.
- 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
- Gang, D.,Loff, B.,Naylor, B.,Kirkman, M. (2021). (In Press) Opening Pathways to Restorative Justice: Analysis of Parliamentary Debates on Sex Crime Law Reform in Victoria, Australia In: Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, , 1 - 24
- Ewenson, L.,Naylor, B. (2021). Protecting human rights in youth detention: listening to the voices of children and young people in detention In: Australian Journal of Human Rights, 27, 97 - 119
- Gang, D.,Loff, B.,Naylor, B.,Kirkman, M. (2020). A Call for Evaluation of Restorative Justice Programs In: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 22, 186 - 190
- Naylor, B. (2020). Human rights oversight of correctional institutions in Australia In: European Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 22
- 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, 25, 113 - 129
- 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. (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
6 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research 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 2023)