A/PROF Jennifer Balint

A/PROF Jennifer Balint


  • Access to Justice (institutional harm, structural justice, commissions of inquiry, royal commissions, law and multicultural society, NESB/CALD access to justice)
  • Comparative Transitional Justice (war crimes trials, truth commissions, reconciliation, genocide, transitional justice, post-conflict)



  • Jennifer Balint is Associate Professor in Socio-Legal Studies. She has a BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University, and a PhD from the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. She came to the University of Melbourne in 2002 to establish the Socio-Legal Studies program in Criminology and is currently Head of Discipline, Criminology. Her research expertise is in the area of state crime, genocide and access to justice, with a focus on the constitutive function of law in societies and transitional justice. Her monograph, Genocide, State Crime and the Law. In the Name of the State, is a legal and socio-political analysis of the capacity of law to address genocide and other forms of state crime, law's relationship to reconciliation, and the role of law in the perpetration of these crimes. She co-established the Minutes of Evidence project, a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members, government and community organisations that aims to spark public conversations about structural justice and how understanding the relationship between the colonial past and the present can bring about just futures. See www.minutesofevidence.com.au. Her work is focused on the development of models to address institutional harm and to effect structural change. Associate Professor Balint has been a visiting fellow at International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, a research fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University, Chicago, a visiting scholar at the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University and an invited scholar to the University of Leuven. She has participated in the United Nations Preparatory Commission meetings for the formation of the International Criminal Court in New York, and was the representative for Oceania for t   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 2002
  • LLB Hons, Macquarie University 1994
  • BA(Hons), Macquarie University 1991

Awards and honors

  • Young Scholar Award for the best publication in criminology or a related area by an Australian or New Zealand citizen under 35 years, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, 2002
  • Inaugural Evans-Grawemeyer Doctoral Scholarship for research of global interest: 1997-1999, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, 1997
  • Nora Rose Memorial Prize for outstanding achievements in the BA(Hons) Program, School of Politics, Macquarie University



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising students in socio-legal research around transitional justice, socio-legal theory, and access to justice. Alma Begicevic, Nexus between Money, Justice and Recognition: The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Evelyn Rose, Intimate Partner Violence: A Crime Against Humanity? Matthew Mitchell, Recognising Transgender Children: Law, Medicine and the Epistemology of Identity Rashaam Chowdhury, Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal Bethia Burgess, Civil Society, Women's Groups and Transitional Justice in Myanmar