Asher Flynn is a lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. She is the honours coordinator for the School of Social Sciences and is the Deputy Head of Centaurus College, one of Monash University Clayton Campus’ non-residential colleges. Asher is also the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s newsletter, PacifiCrim.
Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice across three key streams:
- Negotiated guilty pleas and prosecutorial discretion/decision-making;
- Legal aid and social welfare reform;
- Access to justice within and beyond law.
Informed by national and international context, Asher’s research examines how accessing justice is negotiated, and the gendered, class-based application and practice of law.
Asher’s first book, A Second Chance for Justice: The Prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the Death of Tina Thomas (co-authored) was released in February 2013. The book analyses the legal aftermath of the highly controversial double prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the death of his wife of eleven days, Tina Thomas – initially in Queensland in 2009 and then in Alabama (US) in 2012.
Asher’s current research projects include:
- Negotiating Guilty Pleas: An Empirical Analysis (with Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg)
- Access to Justice: A Comparative Analysis of Cuts to the Civil and Criminal Legal Aid Systems in England, Wales & Australia (joint project with Warwick University, led by Dr Asher Flynn & Professor Jackie Hodgson – Monash co-investigators include: Professor Jude McCulloch, Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor & Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg; Warwick co-investigators include: Dr James Harrison & Natalie Byrom
- Rape Justice: Beyond the Realm of Law (with Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Nicola Henry)