Forthcoming Conference – Homicide Law Reform in Victoria: Prospects and Retrospect


Lady Justice B:W2014 marks a decade since the release of the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Defences to Homicide: Final Report, which laid the foundations for wholesale reform to the Victorian law of homicide.

This conference will provide an opportunity for leading scholars, practitioners and stakeholders to critically examine the Victorian experience of reform and to provide a comprehensive insight into the genesis, process and outcomes of homicide law reform from an Australian and international perspective.

This is a controversial area of the law that continues to animate scholarly discussion and present challenges in practice both in Australia and in other jurisdictions worldwide.

The two-day conference will cover a range of topics including:

  • The political need for reform
  • The role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission
  • Sentencing practices for homicide offences post-reform
  • Social framework evidence
  • Legal responses to women who kill an intimate partner
  • The viability of alternative offences and partial defences to murder
  • Legal culture and professional education
  • Future challenges and new directions for law reform.

Confirmed speakers include national and international experts on the law of homicide and its reform. The range of speakers brings together those who were involved in reviewing the law of homicide, those who recommended and implemented the reform, and those who have played a key role in the monitoring and evaluation of the law post-reform in Victoria but also more widely in Australia and internationally. Click here to read about each of the confirmed speakers.

Venue: Monash University Law Chambers
Date: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August 2014

To download the conference flyer Click here.

This conference is co-convened by Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Deakin University) and Emeritus Prof Arie Freiberg (Monash University). For all enquiries please email

For further information on the conference and how to register please visit:

Register before 1 June 2014 to enjoy early bird registration rates!

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