Professor Heather Douglas

Deputy Dean (Research)

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Affiliate Professor Level E

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56605

Overview

Professor 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- 2019 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 was the lead researcher and project co-ordinator with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration on the development of the National Domestic and 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. In 2016 Heather was appointed as a Member to the Australian Research Council's College of Experts. 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 and a Fellow of theAcademy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2017. In 2016 Heather was an Institute of Advanced Studies fellow at Collingwood College, Durham University (January-March 2016). In 2018 Heather was a fellow at the Humboldt University Faculty of Law and Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies in Berlin.

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

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

    • disclosure and fair trial;
    • unrepresented defendants in criminal matters and the role of judges;
    • post-sentence detention (eg: dangerous offenders, indefinites sentences etc.

    For further information contact Professor Heather Douglas, e: h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au

    • use of exclusion or ouster orders in legislation and by the courts;
    • development of specific offences (stalking, torture etc) and their implementation;
    • development of defences (eg provocation, battered persons defence) and use in courts;
    • role of the victim in charge and prosecution of criminal offences;
    • special courts and alternative justice mechanisms in domestic and family violence matters.

    For further information contact Professor Heather Douglas, e: h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Douglas, Heather (2020). Alternative Constructions of a Family Violence Offence. Criminalising Coercive Control: Family Violence and the Criminal Law. (pp. 243-260) edited by Marilyn McMahon and Paul McGorrery. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0653-6_12

  • Bennett, Belinda and Douglas, Heather (2018). Abortion. Health Law in Australia. (pp. 473-496) edited by Ben White, Lindy Willmott and Fiona McDonald. Sydney, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Heather Douglas (2018). Domestic violence protection orders and their role in ensuring personal security. Intimate partner violence, risk and security: securing women’s lives in a global world. (pp. 216-232) edited by Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate, Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315204765-13

  • Stenning, Philip, Colvin, Victoria and Douglas, Heather (2018). Introduction. The evolving role of the public prosecutor: challenges and innovations. (pp. 1-12) edited by Victoria Colvin and Philip Stenning. New York, NY United States: Routledge.

  • Douglas, Heather (2018). Prosecuting domestic violence cases: listening to victims. The evolving role of the public prosecutor: challenges and innovations. (pp. 154-168) edited by Victoria Colvin and Philip Stenning. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429467547

  • Douglas, Heather and Bartlett, Francesca (2016). Practice and persuasion: women, feminism and judicial diversity. Judicial independence in Australia: contemporary challenges, future directions. (pp. 76-88) edited by Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Jonathan Crowe. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Douglas, Heather and Besley, Jo (2015). An unsettling presence: Indigenous art and settler law. Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University. (pp. 124-133) edited by Fiona Foley, Louise Martin-Chew and Fiona Nicoll. 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. Criminalisation and criminal responsibility in Australia. (pp. 176-190) edited by Thomas Crofts and Arlie Loughnan. South Melbourne, VIC Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara (2015). Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Marginalised Families. Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect. (pp. 491-509) edited by Matthews, Ben and Bross, Donald C. 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. Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love. (pp. 89-107) edited by Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter. 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. Critical issues on violence against women : international perspectives and promising strategies. (pp. 77-87) edited by Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher and Veronique Jaquier. New York, NY United States: Routledge.

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

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

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

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

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Reflections on rewriting the law. Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law. (pp. 19-40) edited by Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter. 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. Between Indigenous and Settler Governance. (pp. 59-69) edited by Lisa Ford and Tim Rowse. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203085028

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

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

  • Douglas, H. A. (2007). Stories of mistaken consent: Still in the shadow of Morgan. Choice and Consent: Feminist Engagements with Law and Subjectivity. (pp. 109-124) edited by Hunter, R. and Cowan, S.. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge Cavendish. doi: 10.4324/9780203937389

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

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

    • disclosure and fair trial;
    • unrepresented defendants in criminal matters and the role of judges;
    • post-sentence detention (eg: dangerous offenders, indefinites sentences etc.

    For further information contact Professor Heather Douglas, e: h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au

    • use of exclusion or ouster orders in legislation and by the courts;
    • development of specific offences (stalking, torture etc) and their implementation;
    • development of defences (eg provocation, battered persons defence) and use in courts;
    • role of the victim in charge and prosecution of criminal offences;
    • special courts and alternative justice mechanisms in domestic and family violence matters.

    For further information contact Professor Heather Douglas, e: h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au