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Dr Rachael Burgin

Lecturer, Law
Doctorate of Philosophy , Monash University, Australia


Dr Rachael Burgin is a senior lecturer in criminal justice and criminology at Swinburne Law School and the CEO of Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy (RASARA). She was awarded her PhD in 2019 from Monash University for her thesis exploring the ways that affirmative sexual consent has been adopted into law and translated into legal practice in rape trials in Victoria. Her research interests include legal responses to rape and sexual assault, consent law reform, gendered violence, feminist jurisprudence and the prevention of violence against women. Her work is among the first to critique the shift towards "objective" standards of reasonableness in rape law.

Research interests

Rape; Sexual Assault; Rape Law Reform; Gendered Violence; Sexual Consent; Gender Equality; Violence against Women; Prevention of Violence against Women

Fields of Research

  • Law And Society And Socio-legal Research - 480405
  • Criminology - 440200
  • Other Law And Legal Studies - 489900

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