CRGS Success

CCG congratulates members on CRGS success

CCG congratulates Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Dr Patrick Stokes on being awarded prestigious Deakin University Central Research Grants (CRGS).

Dr Balaton-Chrimes was awarded a grant in support of her project Free, prior and informed consent: lessons from the Kenya Slum Upgrading project. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is increasingly accepted as a norm in mass land acquisition processes for indigenous people, however it is not seen as applicable for people who are non-indigenous, yet similarly vulnerable; and the idea is typically operationalized in a compliance-based way, rather than as a democratic process. This project undertakes a theoretical review of FPIC as a right and a democratic process, conducts a systematic review of existing FPIC standards and guidelines, and conducts a qualitative case study of land acquisition in the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project to evaluate the barriers to and possibilities for more robust, democratic FPIC processes.

Dr Fitz-Gibbon's project was a warded a grant in support of her project The law's response to children who kill: A comparative analysis. The law's response to children who commit lethal violence raises unique questions and difficulties in practice and has long energised scholarly and community debate. Such cases require a balance between punishment and understanding that is often difficult to achieve. This project will critically examine the effectiveness of current legal responses to children who kill in the Victorian and English criminal justice systems from the perspectives of legal practitioners involved in the daily operation of the law. This will be undertaken with a key focus on questions relating to justice, law reform and theories of responsibility. The results will provide an evidence base for future reform in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Dr Stokes was awarded a grant in support of his project Online Interactions with the Dead which considers increasingly common practices of online memorialisation and commemoration, as well as other ways in which the phenomenal and practical presence of the dead is mediated through emerging online technologies. These practices will be considered in the light of a range of questions in contemporary philosophy to do with the extent of personal identity and the ontological and moral status of the dead. The project aims to determine the potential significance of these emerging online practices for these ongoing philosophical questions.

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