Dr Mary Iliadis

Dr Mary Iliadis is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. She is also a committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology as Newsletter Editor, and the Early Career Researcher Representative for the Faculty of Arts and Education Research Committee at Deakin. 

Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to explore, critique and impact the rights and treatment of victims of sexual violence in criminal justice systems. Mary’s research is international in scope and examines the rights and protections afforded to victims in policy and practice across England and Wales, Ireland and Australia. More broadly, Mary researches prosecutorial discretion and explores how access to justice is negotiated for victims in criminal trials. 

Mary has published in leading criminology and law journals, including in the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice and Monash University Law Review. Mary’s first book, Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, has been published with Routledge (2020) and features in Professor Sandra Walklate’s and Professor Kerry Carrington’s highly distinguished Victims, Culture and Society series. In February 2019, Mary was nominated as a Semi-Finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award (Seven News Young Achiever Awards).

Mary is currently lead CI on a project titled ‘Examining the merits of police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence in Queensland and Western Australia‘. This project has received ethics approval by Deakin University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and Western Australia and Queensland Police. It is being conducted in consultation with Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University), Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University) and Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology). The project is currently undergoing its first pilot study.

Mary’s research has gained traction in government circles and her findings were cited in the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial (2016), demonstrating a high-level of impact as an ECR. Mary also received outstanding recognition of her submission to Northern Ireland’s Gillen Review into The Laws and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences. The Chair of the Review, Sir John Gillen – a retired Judge of Belfast’s High Court, described Mary’s submission as ‘absolutely invaluable, serving to inform the Advisory Board’s views on this issue [on sexual history evidence] in a manner that otherwise would not have been possible’. 

Mary also conducts research in the areas of public, newsmaking and digital criminology. She is currently co-authoring a book titled, Criminology and the Media: International Experiences and Perspectives, with Dr Mark Wood (Deakin University) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University). This research project is the first to present a quantitative and qualitative analysis of criminologists’ perceptions and practices in relation to newsmaking and public criminology in an era of post-broadcast engagement. It accounts for criminologists’ perceptions of the benefits of public criminological scholarship, as well as perceived political, ethical and logistical limitations across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK, Africa and Ireland. 

Mary has received outstanding recognition for her contributions to teaching and learning at Deakin University, including letters of commendation from Deakin University’s Head of School for her exceptionally high teaching evaluations in Crime, Victims and Justice (ACR203) in 2018 and 2019, Crime, Media and Justice (ACR204) in 2018 and 2019, and Honours Thesis Presentation (AIX494).   

In 2017, Mary was awarded with a Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning with colleague, Associate Professor Asher Flynn, for their innovative and sustained contributions to teaching and supporting students in Criminology, and for fostering a sense of ownership, independence and engagement in student learning at Monash University. In 2016, Mary received a letter of commendation from Monash University’s Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching) for her high teaching evaluations in Victims, Justice and the Law, which ranked in the top 8% of all subjects offered at Monash in semester 1, 2016. 

Current research projects:

  • Examining the merits of police body-worn camera technology in response to domestic and family violence in Queensland and Western Australia, with Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University), Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University) and Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology).
  • Independent Legal Representation for Rape Victims? A Case Study of Northern Ireland, with Dr Olivia Smith (Loughborough University, United Kingdom) and Professor Jonathan Doak (Nottingham Trent University). 
  • Prosecution Discretion, judicial review and accountability to victims, with Dr David Plater (University of Adelaide) and Dr Robyn Holder (Griffith University). 
  • Criminology and the Media: International Experiences and Perspectives, with Dr Mark Wood (Deakin University) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University). 

Research expertise:

  • Victims’ Rights
  • Rape and sexual violence 
  • Gendered violence
  • Access to justice
  • Law reform
  • Police and prosecutorial discretion
  • Criminal prosecution processes 
  • Adversarial justice 
  • Public and newsmaking criminology

Publications:

Books

  • Iliadis, M (2020), Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, Routledge Publishers, Victims, Culture and Society series.

Journal articles

  • Iliadis, M., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Walklate, S. (2019), ‘Improving Justice Responses for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Examining the Merits of the Provision of Independent Legal Representation’, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Victims’ Rights Special Issue, https://doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2019.1695639.
  • Richards, I., Wood, A. & Iliadis, M. (2019), Newsmaking criminology in the 21st century: An analysis of criminologists’ news media engagement in seven countries, Current Issues in Criminal Justice.
  • Iliadis, M. (2019). ‘Just Interests: Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice’, by Robyn Holder 2019, Elgar Studies in Law and Society, https://doi.org/10.1177/0004865819865981.
  • Iliadis, M., Richards, I. & Wood, M (2019). ‘Newsmaking Criminology in Australia and New Zealand: Results from a Mixed Methods Study of Criminologists’ Media Engagement’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0004865819854794
  • Iliadis, M. (2019). ‘Victim Representation for Sexual History Evidence in Ireland: A Step Towards or Away from Meeting Victims’ Procedural Justice Needs? Criminology & Criminal Justice, https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895819851848
  • Wood, A., Richards, R., Iliadis, M. & McDermott, M. (2019). ‘Digital Public Criminology in Australia and New Zealand’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v8i4.956.
  • Kirchengast, K., Iliadis, M. & O’Connell, M. (2019). ‘Enforcing Charter Rights through the Office of Commissioner of Victims’ Rights: Integrity, Access and Justice for Victims of Crime, Monash University Law Review, 45(1), DOI: 10.26180/5d1327a9ab709.
  • Iliadis, M. & Flynn, A. (2018). ‘Providing a Check on Prosecutorial Decision-Making: An Analysis of the Victims’ Right to Review Reform’, British Journal of Criminology, 58(3), 550–568.

Government submissions:

  • Iliadis, M. (2019). Submission to Sir John Gillen Review into The Laws and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland.
  • Iliadis, M. (2015). Submission 8, Victorian Law Reform Commission on The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process.

Media engagement:

  • Iliadis, M 2020, Victims of domestic violence need legal representation of their own, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February, access the article here.  
  • Iliadis, M 2020, Victims of domestic violence need legal representation of their own, WA Today, 23 February, access the article here.
  • Iliadis, M, Your right to review: how victims of crime could appeal prosecution decisions’, Link to interview with ABC Radio Perth
  • Iliadis, M & O’Connell, M, Anti-family violence crusader Fiona McCormack befits new role, The Australian, 27 September 2019. 
  • Featured in: ‘Melbourne Deaths: Courtney. Natalia. Aiia. Eurydice. What is happening in Melbourne?, 10 Daily, 29 May 2019, https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190528scorq/courtney-natalina-aiia-eurydice-what-is-happening-in-melbourne-20190529
  • Iliadis, M & Flynn, A, Victims deserve a right of review, The Australian, 17 May 2019.  

Presentations:

  • Giving Victims the Right to Review Prosecutor Decisions? Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Perth, 10-13 December 2019. 
  • ‘Cinderellas Ultimately become Princesses’? Modern Prosecutorial Accountability to Victims and the Roles of Victim Review Schemes and Judicial Review’, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Wollongong, 12–15 December 2018. 
  • Increasing the Role of Third Parties: Legal Representation for Sexual History Evidence in Ireland, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, University of Melbourne, 4–7 December 2018.
  • Victim Representation for Sexual History Evidence in Ireland: A Step Towards or Away from Meeting Victims’’ Procedural Justice Needs? Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Wollongong, 12–15 December 2018.
  • Increasing the Role of Third Parties: Legal Representation for Sexual History Evidence in Ireland, British Society of Criminology Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 6–8 July 2018.
  • Providing a Check on Prosecutorial Discretion – An Analysis of the VRR Reform, ANZSOC, Canberra, 6–8 December 2017.
  • Legal Representation for Third Party Sexual History Evidence, Victorian Post-graduate Criminology Conference 2016, Melbourne, 21 June 2016.
  • Allowing Victims the Right to Review Prosecutorial Decisions: A Step Towards or Away from Meeting Victims’ Justice Needs? Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference 2015, Adelaide, 24–27 November 2015.
  • Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights within Victoria: Possibilities for Reform? British Society of Criminology Conference, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 1–3 July 2015.
  • Assessing the Rights of Sexual Assault Victims within the Adversarial Framework: The Viability of Victim Representation in Victoria, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, University of Sydney, NSW, 30 September 2014.
  • Victimisation Theories and the Modern-day ‘Ideal’ Victim, Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, 22–23 July 2013.
  • Victimisation Theories and the Modern-day ‘Ideal’ Victim, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference, Griffith University, Queensland, 30 September 2013.

HDR Supervisions:

  • Lily O’Brien
  • Ece Zongur
  • Jemille McKenzie

PhD & Masters by Research Supervision Areas:

  • Rape and sexual violence
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Prosecutorial discretion
  • Victims’ rights and role in criminal prosecution processes
  • Victims’ rights in domestic and international law
  • Law reform
  • Access to justice 
  • Media and crime

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Legal Studies, La Trobe University 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University 

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University 

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University (in progress)

For Mary’s Deakin University profile page, click here