Dr Asher Flynn

  • Asher Flynn is a lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. She is the honours coordinator for Criminology and the deputy honours coordinator and deputy Early Career Researcher Representative for PSI.
    Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice across three key streams:
    1. Negotiated guilty pleas and prosecutorial discretion/decision-making;

    2. The (un)intended consequences of law in practice and;

    3. Access to justice and justice de-investment, with a particular focus on Legal Aid

    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:

    As part of the Rape Justice: Beyond the Realm of Law project, we are hosting a colloquium on Friday, 6 December 2013 (9am-4pm) in Storey Hall Conference Centre, 330-334 Swanston Street, RMIT University. The  colloquium, Rethinking Rape Law Reform: Critical, Conceptual and Comparative Perspectives, features international and national expert speakers (academics, legal commentators, media representatives, government representatives, members of the judiciary and advocates) who will promote creative reflections about reform approaches and outcomes in an international context, and provide a conceptual space in which to rethink the ongoing project of rape law reform. Click here for more information on the colloquium, speakers and registration.