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Julia Quilter 250815Julia Quilter

Position: Associate Professor
Qualifications:  BA (Hons) (Sydney), LLB (UNSW), PhD (Monash), PLTC (College of Law)

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Office: 67.229
Phone: +61 4221 4290


Associate Professor Quilter specialises in research and teaching on criminal law and criminal justice policy and reform, employing multi-disciplinary theoretical, doctrinal and empirical methods. Recent projects have examined criminal law responses to alcohol-related violence and ‘one punch’ fatalities and sexual assault, and the operation of public order laws and local council rules regulating the use of public space. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Criminology Research Grants Program, which examines Australian criminal laws’ treatment of intoxication, and she is part of a team of researchers undertaking a major national study of criminalisation – the deployment of criminal punishment and police powers as public policy tools in response to a diverse range of identified harms and risks.

Associate Professor Quilter is a graduate of Sydney University (BA (Hons) with the University Medal), UNSW (LLB with the University Medal) and Monash University (PhD). Prior to joining the University of Wollongong in 2010, she spent ten years practising as a solicitor and barrister, working mainly in public law and criminal law. She worked at the NSW State Crown Solicitor’s Office and was the Special Counsel to the NSW Solicitor General and Crown Advocate, appearing as junior counsel in constitutional and criminal law matters in the High Court, NSW Court of Appeal and NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

In 2015, Julia was the recipient of an OLT national Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning as part of the First Year Law Integration Team. In 2016, she was named one of UOW’s Women of Impact and she discusses her research and experiences in this video: Justice in Law

Associate Professor Quilter is a regular media commentator and has published widely on criminal law and justice issues. She recently delivered a TedX talk, ‘When is Criminal Law the Answer?’.  She also discusses her research on the One Punch and Lockout Laws with In the Loop - Wollongong.

Research Student:

  • Kate Tubridy;  Twitter trials and Facebook justice:  community responses to crime in the age of social media
  • Clara Staples; Gender, geography and one punch law reform: impacts on sentencing in Australia (principal supervisor)
  • Tony Brown; Regulating the supply of alcohol in NSW: Who calls the Shots? (University of Newcastle) (co-supervisor with A/Prof John Anderson, UoN and Prof Peter Miller, Deakin University Centre for Drug use, Addictive and Anti-social behaviour Research)

HDR Supervision/Future Research Supervision Topics:

Julia encourages potential research students in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice policy with a particular focus on legal responses to alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour, the regulation of public spaces, the Australian fines system, and the criminalisation of poverty. To support an exceptional PhD candidate under Julia’s supervision, students are encouraged to apply for her Strategic PhD Top Up Grant (up to $10,000pa). 

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Last reviewed: 27 September, 2018