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Jennifer Balint

Associate Professor In Socio-Legal Studies
Social And Political Sciences
war crimes trials
structural justice
institutional harm
truth commissions
commissions of inquiry
royal commissions
transitional justice
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Jennifer Balint

Primary Interest
Access to Justice
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Jennifer Balint


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 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 the establishment of the International Criminal Bar. She has consulted the Department of Justice on matters relating to access to justice, and has sat on the Management Committee of Fitzroy Legal Service. She is Book Review Editor for Law & Society Review.

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


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


Inaugural Evans-Grawemeyer Doctoral Scholarship for research of global interest: 1997-1999

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia





Associate Professor In Socio-Legal Studies

Social And Political Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

The Australian National University

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Macquarie University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Macquarie University