Professor Heather Douglas

ARC Future Fellow

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
h.douglas1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56605

Overview

Heather Douglas researches in the area of criminal justice.

Heather Douglas researches in the areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. She is particularly interested in the relationship between Indigenous people and the criminal law and the way the criminal law impacts on and constructs women. Heather has published widely around legal responses to domestic violence. In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to research the way in which women who have experienced domestic violence use the legal system to help them leave violence. She is currently working with colleagues on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project which is funded by the Australian Research Council. Heather has considered the criminal justice response to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and to the drug khat. Her earlier work explored the work of Justice Martin Kriewaldt, the sole judge of the Northern Territory Supreme Court during the 1950s. From 2001-2007 she was a part-time commissioner with the Queensland Law Reform Commission and in 2004 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. Heather was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2013.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Publications

  • Walsh, Tamara and Douglas, Heather (2015). Mothers in crisis: mothers and the child protection system. In Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter (Ed.), Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love (pp. 89-107) Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather and Nancarrow, Heather (2015). Perils of Using Law: A Critique of Protection Orders to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence. In Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher and Veronique Jaquier (Ed.), Critical issues on violence against women : international perspectives and promising strategies (pp. 77-87) New York, NY United States: Routledge.

  • Douglas, Heather and Fitzgerald, Robin (2014) Strangulation, domestic violence and the legal response. Sydney Law Review, 36 2: 231-254.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Walsh, Tamara and Douglas, Heather (2015). Mothers in crisis: mothers and the child protection system. In Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter (Ed.), Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love (pp. 89-107) Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather and Nancarrow, Heather (2015). Perils of Using Law: A Critique of Protection Orders to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence. In Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher and Veronique Jaquier (Ed.), Critical issues on violence against women : international perspectives and promising strategies (pp. 77-87) New York, NY United States: Routledge.

  • Douglas, Heather (2014). Intersectionality and Indigenous Sentencing Courts. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 339-344) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Introduction: Righting Australian Law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 1-18) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather (2014). Reconsidering Precedent. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 229-233) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Reflections on rewriting the law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 19-40) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather and Finnane, Mark (2013). Obstacles to 'a proper exercise of jurisdiction' – sorcery and criminal justice in the settler–indigenous encounter in Australia. In Lisa Ford and Tim Rowse (Ed.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance (pp. 59-69) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Douglas, Heather (2011). Domestic violence research: Valuing stories. In Lorana Bartels and Kelly Richards (Ed.), Qualitative criminology: Stories from the field (pp. 129-139) Leichardt, NSW, Australia: Hawkins Press.

  • H Douglas (2008). The Demise of the Provocation Defence and the Failure of Equality Concepts. In Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Rethinking Equality Projects in Law: Feminist Challenges 1st ed. (pp. 41-58) Portland: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, H. A. (2007). Stories of mistaken consent: Still in the shadow of Morgan. In Hunter, R. and Cowan, S. (Ed.), Choice and Consent: Feminist Engagements with Law and Subjectivity (pp. 109-124) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge Cavendish.

  • Douglas, Heather (2005). How Australian law schools endeavour to support indigenous students. In Greg Shaw (Ed.), Tertiary teaching and learning : Dealing with diversity (pp. 177-186) Darwin, N.T., Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Douglas, Heather, Pedder, Merali and Lintzeris, Nicholas (2011). Khat: Analysis of Current Issues. In: Drug and Alcohol Review. , , (27-27). .

  • Douglas, Heather (2011). FASD and Criminal Justice Issues in Australia. In: 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Vancouver, Canada, (). 2-5 March 2011.

  • Douglas, H. A. (2007). Responses to breaches of domestic violence orders. In: Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures. Joint Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law: Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures, Humboldt University, Berlin, (). 25-28 July, 2007.

  • Corrin, J. and Douglas, H. A. (2007). Uneasy alliances and tensions in the Mulrunji case. In: Proceedings of: 2007 International Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand: Markings: Sites of Analysis, Discipline, Interrogation. 2007 International Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand: Markings: Sites of Analysis, Discipline, Interrogation, Melbourne, Australia, (). 28-30 November 2007.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision