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Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D., Law, The Australian National University
  • LLB/LP (Hons), Flinders University of South Australia
  • BA (Hons), Flinders University of South Australia


Ray Nickson joined Fresno Pacific University in January, 2017 as Assistant Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice. Ray has previously worked as an attorney and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia. He undertook his PhD at Australia’s premier research university, the Australian National University, where he received a full scholarship. Ray’s doctoral studies examined the impact of trials held at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Ray has also assisted legal teams at the Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

His current research focuses on the many dimensions of restorative justice, particularly in the wake of mass violence and colonialism. Ray is working closely with several American Indian tribes in a collaborative project to examine their restorative justice courts. He has also worked with remote Aboriginal communities in Australia in research that examined ongoing legacies of colonialism, with a focus on literacy, and their relationship to criminal justice system encounters. Ray’s research areas include: restorative justice; transitional justice; state crimes; colonialism; indigenous justice; human rights; and crime and popular culture. Ray has been the recipient of several competitive research grants, including the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Criminology Research Grant.

Selected works

  • ‘States of Impunity: Bhutanese Refugee Camps in Nepal’ (2017) State Crimes 6(2) (with Alice Neikirk).
  • ‘Reducing Crime and Incarceration Rates in Aboriginal Communities Through the ‘Yes, I Can!’ Adult Literacy Campaign’ (forthcoming) Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice (with Bob Boughton, Jack Beetson, Jenny Wise, and Bridget Harris).
  • ‘Reducing Crime and Incarceration Rates in Aboriginal Communities: What Impact Does the ‘Yes, I Can!’ Adult Literacy Campaign Have on Crime and Incarceration Rates in NSW Aboriginal Communities?’ (forthcoming) Final Report, Australian Institute of Criminology (with Bob Boughton, Jack Beetson, Jenny Wise, and Bridget Harris).
  • ‘Unmet Expectations and the Legitimacy of Transitional Justice Institutions’ (2017) in Karstedt, S. and Brants, C. (eds) Engagement, Contestation and Legitimacy (Hart).
  • ‘Participation as Restoration: The Current Limits of Restorative Justice for Victim Participants in International Criminal Trials’ (2016) in Clamp, K. (ed) Restorative Justice in Transitional Settings (Routledge).
  • ‘Deeper, Broader, Longer Transitional Justice’ (2014) European Journal of Criminology 11(4) 445-463 (with John Braithwaite).
  • ‘Timing Truth, Reconciliation, and Justice After War’ (2012) Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 27(3) 443-476 (with John Braithwaite).
  • ‘Transitional Justice in Exile’, (2013) Transitional Justice Symposium, Centre for International Governance and Justice, Canberra, Australia.

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