University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 8 March 2013
Criminology, Criminal Justice and Indigenous People: A Dysfunctional Relationship?
Chris Cunneen, University of New South Wales
This paper is available for download at Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2211076
This paper was published in Studi Sulla Questione Criminale, Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 41-58, 2009. This paper may also be referenced as  UNSWLRS 17.
This lecture looks at issues
of crime and violence in Indigenous communities in the context of broader
problems of criminal justice
law, policy and practice. In particular it
addresses four points:
• the problem the legal system has in ensuring protection of Indigenous women in the context of domestic and family violence;
• the problem Indigenous people have in using the legal system to protect and enhance their own interests and rights, particularly in the area of civil and family law, and the implications this has for criminalisation;
• Indigenous access to legal advice and representation and funding issues associated with Aboriginal legal services; and
• the limitations of criminal justice agencies in developing strategic policies that change the way they do business with Indigenous people.