Dr Rachael Burgin
Doctorate of Philosophy , Monash University, Australia
Dr Rachael Burgin is the lead researcher on the Reviewing ACT Policing processes relating to sexual violence in the ACT project. Contact SAPRProcessReview@swinburne.edu.au for information.
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.
Rape Law; Law Reform; Sexual Consent; Feminism; Feminist Law Reform; Sexual Offences; Court Responses; Affirmative Consent
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Children and youne people as victim-survivors of family violence:
Policing sexual violence
Prevention of gender-based violence
Rape and Sexual Violence: including alcohol and drug facilitated sexual violence; rape law reform; sexual consent; rape culture; legal and extra legal responses to sexual violence.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Law And Society And Socio-legal Research - 480405
- Criminology - 440200
- Other Law And Legal Studies - 489900
- 2020 (current): President, Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy, Australia
- 2020 - 2020: Expert Witness, Parliament of Australia, Australia
Also published as: Burgin, Rachael; Burgin, R.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2023: RFQ - Child and Young Person-focused MARAM tool development *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
- 2022: Interventions for young men and boys using IPV in early relationships: Analysing identification, referral and practices, and investigating motivating and protective factors fortargeted intervention *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
- 2022: Reviewing ACT Policing Processes relating to sexual assault in the ACT *; Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety
- 2022: Strengthening Victoria?s family violence risk assessment and information sharing: Understanding effective capability building to support MARAM implementation through the experiences of victim-survivors *; Family Violence Research Grants: Phase 1
- 2021: RFQ: Preventing Financial Abuse of Women ? Safety by Design *; Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
- 2020: National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey Toolkit: Review and Contribution *; Respect Victoria
* Chief Investigator
- 2022-06-01: Sexual assent law is a triumph for Saxon, common sense and common decency - Sydney Morning Herald
- 2020-11-24: NSW law reform report misses chance to institute ‘yes means yes’ in sexual consent cases - The Conversation
- 2020-10-29: Explainer: why is Victoria fast-tracking reforms to sexual violence ‘gag laws’ and to what effect? - The Conversation
- 2020-08-15: The old guard preventing reform to consent laws - The Saturday Paper
- 2020-04-07: Moonman Chats To Legal Expert About Cardinal George Pell's Prison Release - Triple M
- 2020-04-07: Pell to walk free after Australia court quashes convictions - Al Jazeera
- 2020-03-11: Northern Territory sexual assault court outcomes spark calls for law reform - ABC Darwin
- 2020-03-03: Interview - 3CR Radio
- 2020-02-12: Interview - ABC Melbourne
- 2019-12-11: Australian law doesn’t go far enough to legislate affirmative consent. NSW now has a chance to get it right - The Conversation
- 2019-11-16: Proposed reforms to NSW consent law - The Saturday Paper
- 2019-10-28: Proposed changes to NSW consent laws 'potentially problematic', expert says - nine.com.au