Claire’s research expertise extends across the broad fields of punishment, imprisonment, detention and social control. She specialises in issues relating to marginalised and ‘different’ populations. Her work explores how experiences of ‘difference’, ‘diversity’ and ‘(ab)normality’ are co-constructed by law and medicine, and the implications of this dynamic for individuals, institutions and law reform.

Claire’s work is published in relation to two main bodies of scholarship: disability and society, and racialised penal practice.

Authored Books and Edited Collections 

Spivakovsky C, Seear K & Carter A (eds) (2018) Critical Perspectives on Coercive Interventions: Law, Medicine and Society. Routledge: London.

Spivakovsky C (2013) Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice. Routledge: London.

Special Issues of Journals

Segrave, M. Spivakovsky, C. & Eriksson, A (eds) (2017) Special Issue: Punishment & Society (19/3): The maelstrom of punishment, mental illness, disability and cognitive impairment.

Scholarly Book Chapters

Spivakovsky C, Seear K & Carter A (2018) ‘Coercive Interventions in law and medicine: Setting the scene’ in Spivakovsky C, Seear K & Carter A (eds) Critical Perspectives on Coercive Interventions: Law, Medicine and Society. Routledge: London.

Spivakovsky C (2018) ‘The impossibilities of ‘bearing witness’ to the institutional violence of coercive interventions in the disability sector’, in Spivakovsky C, Seear K & Carter A (eds) Critical Perspectives on Coercive Interventions: Law, Medicine and Society. Routledge: London.

Spivakovsky C (2017) ‘Human Rights and the Governance of Cognitive Impairment’ in Weber L, Fishwick E and Marmo M (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Routledge: London.

Spivakovsky C (2016) ‘Australasian Prisons’ in Jewkes Y, Bennett J and Crewe B (eds) The Routledge Handbook on Prisons, Second Edition. Routledge: London.

Spivakovsky C (2013) ‘Positioning the Offender in a Restorative Framework: Potential Dialogues and Forced Conversations’, in Cornwell D, Wright M and Blad J (eds.) Civilising Criminal Justice. Waterside Press at Hook: Hampshire.

Refereed Journal Articles

Lea M, Beaupert F, Bevan N, Celermajer D, Gooding P, Minty R, Phillips E, Spivakovsky C, Steele L, Wadiwel D, & Weller P (2018) ‘A disability aware approach to torture prevention? Australian OPCAT ratification and improved protections for people with disability’, Australian Journal of Human Rights 24(1):70-96.

Spivakovsky C (2017) ‘Governing  freedom through risk: Locating the group home in the archipelago of confinement and control’, Punishment & Society 19(3): 366-383.

Spivakovsky C & Seear K (2017) ‘Making the abject: Problem solving courts, addiction, mental illness and impairment’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (Special Issue: Normalcy and Disability: Intersections Among Norms, Law and Culture) 31(3): 458 – 469.

Spivakovsky C (2014) ‘Making Dangerousness Intelligible in Intellectual Disability’, Griffith Law Review 23(3): 389-404. 

Spivakovsky C (2014) ‘From Punishment to Protection: Containing and controlling the lives of people with disabilities in human rights’, Punishment & Society 16(5):560-577. 

Spivakovsky C (2011) ‘The Need for Flexible and Adaptive Research in an Environment of Challenging Barriers to Accessing Data’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 26(3): 607-612. 

Spivakovsky C (2008) ‘Approaching Responsivity: the Victorian Department of Justice and Indigenous Offenders’, Flinders Journal of Law Reform 10(3): 640-662.

Spivakovsky C (2007) ‘Negotiations of Space: The Indigenous prisoner and discourse’, EnterText 6(3)

Research Reports and Government Publications

Maher, JM Spivakovsky, C McCulloch, J McGowan, J Beavis, K Lea, M Cadwallader, J Sands,
T (2018). Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Final report
(ANROWS Horizons, 02/2018). Sydney: ANROWS.

Spivakovsky, C (2017) Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria: Second Interim Report. Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Melbourne.

Spivakovsky, C (2016) Key Issues in Disability and Mental Health Care: Insights form a state-wide consultation into restrictive and coercive interventions. Monash University: Melbourne.

Spivakovsky, C. (2012) Restrictive Interventions and the Disability Sector: A Discussion Paper. Victorian Office of the Public Advocate: Melbourne.

Refereed Conference Proceeding

Spivakovsky C (2009) ‘The Construction of the Racially Different Indigenous Offender’, refereed conference proceedings for The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, <>.

Spivakovsky C (2006) ‘Theoretical Passages and Boundaries: The Indigenous subject, colonialism and governmentality’, refereed conference proceedings for Passages: Law, aesthetics, politics <>.

Book Reviews

Spivakovsky, C (2017) ‘Book Review: Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and disability in the United States and Canada’, African American Review, 50(2)