Professor Harry Blagg

Ph.D, B.A.

University Professorial Fellow

Harry Blagg has a national and international reputation as a leading criminologist specializing in Indigenous people and criminal justice, young people and crime, family and domestic violence, crime prevention, diversionary strategies, policing and restorative justice. He has over 20 years experience in conducting high level research with Aboriginal people across Australia (including urban, rural and remote locations) on justice related issues. From 2001/2006 Harry was Research Director of the West Australian Law Reform Commission’s reference: Aboriginal Customary Laws. This project explored whether Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal forms of law can be harmonized and integrated. 

He has developed a specific focus on remote communities – particularly in the Kimberly Region of WA and the Northern Territory - and has been involved in research, consultancy and policy development around community justice, night patrols, men and women’s safe places, youth justice and family violence. 

Current Research

  • Developing Diversionary Pathways for Indigenous Youth Believed to be FASD: A Three Community Study in Western Australia, Criminology Research Council of Australia.
  • Evaluation of innovative models of interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated responses to family and/or sexual violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities, ANROWS.
  • Regulation of Indigenous Safety Strategies: Night Patrols & Policy.
  • Social Investment Models for on-country diversion in the West Kimberley.

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Publications & Resources


Blagg, H. (2008) Crime, Aboriginality and the Decolonisation of Justice. Sydney: Hawkins Press. Second Edition 2015. 

Blagg, H. (2005). A New Way of Doing Justice Business? Community Justice Mechanisms and Sustainable Governance in Western Australia. The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, State Solicitor's Office.

Indermaur, D., Harding, R., Blagg, H., Atkinson, L., Coase, P., Francas, M., & Zappelli, R. (2001). Young People and Domestic Violence. Canberra, ACT: Commonwealth of Australia.

Indermaur, D., Atkinson, L., & Blagg, H. (1998). Working with Adolescents to Prevent Domestic Violence: Rural Town Model. Canberra, ACT: National Anti-Crime Strategy.

Blagg, H., & Wilkie, M. (1995). Young People & Police Powers. Sydney, NSW: Australian Youth Foundation.

Book Chapters

Blagg, H. (2016) From terra nullius to terra liquidus - Liquid modernity and the Indigenous Other. In A. Eriksson (ed.), Punishing the Other (pp. 230-246). UK: Routledge.

Blagg, H. (2011). Journeys Outside the Comfort Zone: Doing Research in the Aboriginal Domain. In L. Bartels & K. Richards (eds.), Qualitative Criminology: Stories From the Field. Federation Press.

Blagg, H. (2008). Colonial Critique and Critical Criminology: Issues in Aboriginal Law and Aboriginal Violence. In T. Anthony & C. Cunneen (eds.), The Critical Criminology Companion (pp. 129-145). Hawkins Press.

Blagg, H. (2004). A Just Measure of Shame? In D. Roche (ed.), Restorative Justice, International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory. UK: Ashgate Pty Ltd.

Blagg, H. (2002) Restorative Justice and Aboriginal Family Violence: Opening a Space for Healing. In H. Strang & J. Braithwaite (eds.), Restorative Justice and Family Violence. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Blagg, H. (2001). Aboriginal Youth & Restorative Justice: Critical Notes from the Australian Frontier. In A. Morris & G. Maxwell (eds.), Restorative Justice for Juveniles. Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.

Journal Articles

Blagg, H., Tulich, T.S., & Bush, Z.J. (2015). Diversionary Pathways for Indigenous Youth with FASD in Western Australia: Decolonizing Alternatives. Alternative Law Journal, 40(4), 257-260. 

Blagg, H., & Anthony, T. (2014). ‘If Those Old Women Catch You, You're Going To Cop It’: Night Patrols, Indigenous Women, and Place Based Sovereignty in Outback Australia. African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, 8(1), 103-124. 

Anthony, T., & Blagg, H. (2013). STOP in the Name of Who’s Law? Driving and the Regulation of Contested Space in Central Australia. Social and Legal Studies, 22(1), 43.

Blagg, H. (2012). Re-imagining youth justice: Cultural Contestation in the Kimberley Region of Australia Since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Theoretical Criminology, 16(4), 481.

Clare, J.P., Morgan, F.H., Ferrante, A.M., & Blagg, H. (2006). Assessing Relative Rates of Indigenous Family Violence: Using Existing Quantitative Data and a Triangulation Methodology to Indentify Rural Areas in Greatest Need of Additional Legal Services. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 18(1), 170-178. 

Blagg, H., & Morgan, N.A. (2004). Aboriginal Law in Western Australia. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(7), 16-18. 

Blagg, H., & Valuri, G.M. (2004). Aboriginal Community Patrols in Australia: Self-Policing, Self-Determination and Security. Policing and Society, 14(4), 313-328. 

Blagg, H., & Valuri, G.M. (2004). Self Policing and Community Safety: The work of the aboriginal community patrols in Australia', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 15(3), 205-219. 

Blagg, H. (1998). Restorative Visions and Restorative Justice Practices: Conferencing Ceremony and Reconciliation in Australia. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 10(1), 5-14. 

Harding, R., Morgan, F., Indermaur, D., Ferrante, A., & Blagg, H. (1998). Road Rage and the Epidemiology of Violence: Something Old, Something New. Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 7(2), 221-238. 

Blagg, H. (1997). A Just Measure of Shame? Aboriginal Youth and Conferencing in Australia. The British Journal of Criminology, 37(4), 481-501. 

Blagg, H., & Wilkie, M. (1997). Young People and Policing in Australia: The Relevance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 3(2), 134-156. 

Research Reports

Blagg, H. (2008) Problem-Oriented Courts, Project No. 96.

Harry Blagg


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The University of Western Australia
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