Staff profile

Dr Nicola Henry

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Social Inquiry

SS 423, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA (Hons-Canty), MA (Canty), PhD (Melbourne).

Area of study

Crime
justice and legal studies

Brief profile

Dr Nicola Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. She teaches in the areas of discrimination, human rights, social justice, transitional justice and international criminal law. Nicola adopts an interdisciplinary, socio-legal approach to her teaching and research. She has written on a wide range of issues, with specific focus on sexual violence, law, power and justice. Her  books include: War and rape: law, memory and justice (2011: Routledge), Preventing sexual violence: interdisciplinary approaches to overcoming a rape culture (2014: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell), Rape justice: beyond the criminal law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Asher Flynn), and Sexual violence in a digital age (forthcoming 2017; Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with Dr Powell).

Nicola is currently doing collaborative research on digital abuse and harassment. She is Chief Investigator with Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University) and Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) on a Criminology Research Grant (CRG), titled 'Responding to revenge pornography: the scope, nature and impact of Australian criminal laws' (2016-17); Chief Investigator (with Drs Flynn & Powell) on a La Trobe University Transforming Human Societies (THS) project, titled 'More than revenge: the scope, nature and impact of revenge pornography in Victoria' (2015-16); and she was Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project (with Dr Powell), titled 'Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform' (2013-15).

Nicola has also been working on other collaborative projects, on rape law reform with Associate Professor Wendy Larcombe, Dr Bianca Fileborn, Dr Natalia Hanley (University of Melbourne) and Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) (2014-15); and on a La Trobe University Transforming Human Societies project with Professor Gary Dowsett, Dr Gillian Fletcher and Stephen Wood on gender, sexuality and disadvantage (2014-16). She has also been working on a La Trobe Asia project on sexual violence and civil society war crimes tribunals (2014-15).

Research interests

Gender, Culture, Sexuality

- Anti-discrimination law

- Sexual violence and harrassment

Human Rights and Justice Issues

- Sexual violence

Law and Society

- Collective memory and the law

- Digital abuse and violence

- Sexual violence and harrassment

- Trauma, identity and law

Social Studies in Science and Technology

- Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harrassment

Teaching units

  • LST3DAL – Discrimination and the Law.
  • LST3LSJ – Law, Rights and Social Justice.
  • LST2LJP – Law, Justice and Power.
  • SSC4CSS – Conceptualising Social Sciences.

Recent publications

Books

 Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Henry, N (forthcoming) ‘Beyond the juridification of justice? Transitional justice, civil society tribunals and feminist interventions’, in C Garbett & S Wastell (eds), Transitional justice beyond blueprints. London: Routledge.
  • Henry, N & Powell, A (forthcoming) ‘Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment’, in CM Renzetti, JL Edleson & RK Bergen (eds), Sourcebook on violence against women (3rd edition), Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Powell, A & Henry, N (forthcoming) ‘Sexual violence and harassment in the digital era’, in R Sarre & A Deckert (eds), The Australian and New Zealand handbook of criminology, crime and justice.
  • Henry, N, Flynn, A & Powell, A (2015) ‘The promise and paradox of justice: rape justice beyond the criminal law'', in A Powell, N Henry & A Flynn (eds), Rape justice: beyond the realm of criminal law, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Henry, N (2015) ‘The law of the people: civil society tribunals and wartime sexual violence', in A Powell, N Henry & A Flynn (eds), Rape justice: beyond the realm of criminal law, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Henry, N (2015) ‘Memory of an injustice: the “comfort women” and the legacy of the Tokyo trial’, in V. Mackie (ed), Ways of knowing about human rights in AsiaLondon: Routledge (originally published as a special issue for Asian Studies Review).
  • Powell, A & Henry, N (2014) ‘Framing sexual violence prevention: what does it mean to challenge a rape culture?’ in N Henry & A Powell (eds), Preventing sexual violence: interdisciplinary approaches to overcoming a rape culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Henry, N & Powell, A (2014) ‘The dark side of the virtual world: towards a digital sexual ethics’, in N Henry & A Powell (eds), Preventing sexual violence: interdisciplinary approaches to overcoming a rape culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Henry, N (2011) ‘Silence as collective memory: sexual violence and the Tokyo trial’, in Y Tanaka, T McCormack & G Simpson (eds), Beyond victor’s justice? The Tokyo war crimes trial revisitedLeiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 263-282.
  • Henry, N (2007) ‘Turning the tide: solutions to Australia’s environmental crisis’, in J Langmore, To firmer ground: restoring hope in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, pp. 54-86.
  • Henry, N (2007) ‘Overcoming injustice: practical and symbolic reconciliation for Indigenous Australians’, in J Langmore, To firmer ground: restoring hope in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, pp. 45-53.

Public Essays, Reports & Commentary

Encyclopedia Entries

Book Reviews

Research projects

Current Projects

Responding to revenge pornography: the scope, nature and impact of Australian criminal law (Criminology Research Grant) with Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Anastasia Powell (2016-17): This project will be the first Australian study on the online distribution of intimate/explicit digital images without consent ('revenge pornography'). The research aims to document the prevalence and impacts of adult victimisation in Australia, and systematically analyse applicable laws in three  jurisdictions (Victoria, SA, NSW). It employs a mixed-method design comprising: a national survey of adult victims; stakeholder consultations (national roundtable and interviews in three jurisdictions); analysis of recorded crime-statistics; and a legislative review. This project will generate new, internationally-relevant knowledge about the nature and extent of adult revenge pornography, and will inform legal and policy reform on this issue.

More than revenge; the scope, nature and impact of revenge porn in Victoria  (La Trobe Transforming Human Societies RFA project with Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Anastasia Powell) (2015-16): The pilot project examines the online distribution of intimate or sexually explicit images without consent, also known as 'revenge pornography'. The project aims to investigate the scope, prevalence and impacts of legislation introduced in Victoria in 2014 and investigate the prevalence of revenge porn and the experience of adult victims.

Completed Projects

Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform (ARC Discovery Project with Dr Anastasia Powell, RMIT University) (2013-15): The aim of the project is to significantly strengthen understandings of technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment in Australia. The project will document the lived experiences of victims to different forms of technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment, and investigate the effectiveness of law and policy in responding to these new and emerging crimes.  

Implementing law reform: the outcomes and value of empirical research (Melbourne School of Government (MSoG) Incubator Grant with Associate Professor Wendy Larcombe (Chief Investigator) (University of Melbourne), Dr Natalia Hanley (University of Melbourne), Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne) and Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University)) (2014-15): Using a proposal to amend the definition of rape in Victoria as a case study, this project will investigate ways to identify divergent interpretations of legislative reform. The first stage of data collection will involve interviewing law reform experts and professionals who work in the sexual assault field, including lawyers, police, victim support staff and legal education providers. The second stage will involve conducting focus group interviews with legal and non-legal personnel, and lay people in the community.  

The world courts of women: rethinking transitional justice responses to conflict-related gender-based violence (La Trobe Asia project) (2014-15): This project examines the nature, scope and impact of civil-society-initiated war crimes tribunals for the investigation of wartime sexual violence. The focus of the project is one the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery, with interviews being conducted with key participants of the Tribunal.

Intersections of disadvantage? Gender and sexuality within Asia-Pacific community organisations (La Trobe Transforming Human Societies RFA project with Professor Gary Dowsett, Dr Gillian Fletcher and Stephen Wood) (2014-16): The project examines how gender and sexuality are understood within two case study organisations that seek to improve the lives and rights of marginalised and disadvantaged people in developing countries.

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