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 areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. Heather has published widely on criminal justice issues and around legal responses to domestic violence and child protection. 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 also currently working with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration on the development of a National Family Violence Bench Book, a project funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government. Between 2012-2015 Heather was the lead chief investigator on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project 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 and more generally the relationship between Indigenous people and the criminal law. In 2012 she co-authored (with Professor Mark Finnane) Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire . 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. In 2016 she will spend some time at Collingwood College, Durham University as a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies.

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

  • Douglas, Heather, Hall, Wayne and Gartner, Coral (2015) E-cigarettes and the law in Australia. Australian Family Physician, 44 6: 415-418.

  • Douglas, Heather (2015) Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment. Social and Legal Studies, 24 2: 321-324. doi:10.1177/0964663915575630c

  • de Costa, Caroline, Douglas, Heather, Hamblin, Julie, Ramsay, Philippa and Shircore, Mandy (2015) Abortion law across Australia - A review of nine jurisdictions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55 2: 105-111. doi:10.1111/ajo.12298

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Douglas, Heather and Besley, Jo (2015). An unsettling presence: Indigenous art and settler law. In Fiona Foley, Louise Martin-Chew and Fiona Nicoll (Ed.), Courting blakness: recalibrating knowledge in the sandstone university (pp. 124-133) St Lucia, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne (2015). Criminal responsibility and family violence: the relationship between (feminist) academic critique and judicial decision-making. In Thomas Crofts and Arlie Loughnan (Ed.), Criminalisation and criminal responsibility in Australia (pp. 176-190) South Melbourne, VIC Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara (2015). Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Marginalised Families. In Matthews, Ben and Bross, Donald C (Ed.), Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect 1st ed. (pp. 491-509) New York, United States: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9685-9_23

  • 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 (2015). Social framework evidence: its interpretation and application in Victoria and beyond. In Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Arie Freiberg (Ed.), Homicide law reform in Victoria: retrospect and prospects (pp. 94-109) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Federation Press.

  • 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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision