Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Criminology especially victimology
  • Legal history
  • Multiculturalism and the law
  • Legal education and training
  • Courts and tribunals

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Kathy Laster

Professor Laster took up her position as Director of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in January 2015, and successfully gained funding for the Centre's Courts and Tribunals Academy shortly after. The main specialisation of the Centre is in 'law and cultural diversity'.

After more than a decade in various leadership roles throughout the public sector, Professor Laster resumed her academic career in 2011. She has published an extensive range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of criminology, legal history and gender and multiculturalism in relation to the law. Many of these contributions have been highly influential in both the public and legal sectors, as has her work on improving access to justice.

Professor Laster completed her LLB and Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne and went on to postgraduate study in New York obtaining her Doctorate of Juridical Sciences degree from Columbia University.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD), Columbia University, US
  • MA, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • LLB, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Erez, E., & Laster, K. (171215). Capital punishment in Jewish law (pp. 218-230).

doi: 10.4324/9781315624723

2017 Laster, K., & Kornhauser, R. (170126). The Rise of 'DIY' Law: Implications for Legal Aid In Flynn, A. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 123-140). Oxford: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Year Citation
2019 Erez, E., & Laster, K. (190101). Palestinian Women in Terrorism: A Double-Edged Sword?. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,

doi: 10.1177/0306624X19862429

2016 Laster, K. (160901). Future of the law: Doomsday prophet or optimist? Susskind predicts the end of the professions. The Bulletin, 38(8), (28-29).
2015 Laster, K., & Erez, E. (150101). Sisters in Terrorism? Exploding Stereotypes. Women and Criminal Justice, 25(1-2), (83-99).

doi: 10.1080/08974454.2015.1023884

2014 Kornhauser, R., & Laster, K. (140101). Punitiveness in Australia: electronic monitoring vs the prison. Crime, Law and Social Change, 62(4), (445-474).

doi: 10.1007/s10611-014-9538-2

2014 Laster, K. (140101). The birth of electronic monitoring: book review essay Electronically monitored punishment: international and critical perspectives : Eds Mike Nellis, Kristel Beyens and Dan Kaminski (Routledge, Oxon 2013) pbk ISBN 978 0 415 62595 1 24.99. Crime, Law and Social Change, 62(4), (515-522).

doi: 10.1007/s10611-014-9541-7

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Portable: YourCase Evaluation
From: Portable Australia Pty Ltd
For period: 2019-2020
$30,800
Trusting Legal Information: A Community Development Model of Peer to Peer Legal Education for Migrant Communities in Melbourne's West
From: Department of Home Affairs
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
The Ripple Effect: Legal Education for Diverse Faith-Based Communities
From: Victorian Legal Services Board
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed
Devolving Aspire: Muslim Young Woman's Governance and Leadership
From: Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (LMCF)
For period: 2019-2020
$280,000

Fair work commission community education project
From: Fair Work Commission
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Aspire: Muslim Girls' Leadership Education Project
From: ICoV grant
For period: 2016-2018
Not disclosed
Law Week in the West (the Project)
From: Victoria Law Foundation
For period: 2016-2016
$18,446

Social Cohesion and the Melbourne Islamic Communities: Familiarisation with the principles of Australian Law.
From: Scanlon Foundation
For period: 2015-2017
$150,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2011 - Dec 2014
Associate Professor
Monash University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2011 -
Dec 2014
Associate Professor
Monash University

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2007 - Dec 2011
Chief Executive Officer
IPAA Victoria
Jan 2002 - Dec 2007
Executive Director
Victoria Law Foundation
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2007 - Dec 2011
Chief Executive Officer
IPAA Victoria
Jan 2002 - Dec 2007
Executive Director
Victoria Law Foundation