Dr Emma Buxton-Namisnyk
Senior Research Associate

Dr Emma Buxton-Namisnyk

BA (Hons 1)/LLB (Hons 1) - Macquarie University

MSt. International Human Rights Law (Distinction) - University of Oxford

Masters of Criminology and Criminal Justice - UNSW

DPhil (Criminology/International Human Rights Law) - University of Oxford

Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

Dr Emma Buxton-Namisnyk is a Lecturer in the School of Law, Society and Criminology in the UNSW Faculty of Law. She completed her DPhil as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford in 2022. Emma researches at the intersection of criminology and international human rights law, with a particular emphasis on domestic and family violence and sexual violence responses (including policing and specialist service responses), state responsibilities and intersecting rights. Emma also has a strong interest in legal and criminological theory and comparative human rights law.

Before commencing in UNSW Faculty of Law, Emma worked extensively in the fields of domestic violence death review, coronial law and First Nations justice. Emma worked in the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous UNSW from 2020-2021 and as a member of the Indigenous Law Centre. She was the inaugural Research Analyst on the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team from 2012-2021 and a senior researcher on the Family is Culture Review into Aboriginal Children in Out-of-Home Care in 2018-2019. Emma has also worked as a tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Sackville AO QC at the NSW Court of Appeal, as an associate at Baker & McKenzie Sydney and as an international clerk in Bangkok.


Room 371, Law Building UNSW
  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Buxton-Namisnyk E; Butler A, 2018, 'Judicial discourse versus domestic violence death review', in Contesting Femicide, Routledge, pp. 95 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351068048-8
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Buxton-Namisnyk E; Butler A, 2018, 'Judicial discourse versus domestic violence death review: An Australian case study', in Contesting Femicide: Feminism and the Power of Law Revisited, pp. 95 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351068048-8
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Butler A; Buxton-Namisnyk E; Beattie S; Bugeja L; Ehrat H; Henderson E; Lamb A, 2017, 'Australia', in Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 125 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56276-0_5
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Buxton-Namisnyk E, 2022, 'Domestic Violence Policing of First Nations Women in Australia: 'Settler' Frameworks, Consequential Harms and the Promise of Meaningful Self-Determination', British Journal of Criminology, 62, pp. 1323 - 1340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab103
    Journal articles | 2015
    Buxton-Namisnyk E, 2015, 'Does an intersectional understanding of international human rights law represent the way forward in the prevention and redress of domestic violence against Indigenous women in Australia?', Australian Indigenous Law Review, 18, pp. 119 - 137
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bugeja L; Butler A; Buxton E; Ehrat H; Hayes M; McIntyre SJ; Walsh C, 2013, 'The Implementation of Domestic Violence Death Reviews in Australia', Homicide Studies, 17, pp. 353 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1088767913494787
  • Submissions to Government | 2022
    Buxton-Namisnyk E, 2022, Submission into the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence,
    Reports | 2021
    Larkin D; Appleby G; Buxton-Namisnyk E, 2021, Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process: An Expert Analysis of the NIAA Consultations, Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW, https://static1.squarespace.com/static/602f123f11087d603fa92730/t/60d99592da8f7d71d41240a7/1624872348089/INDIGENOUS+VOICE+CO-DESIGN+PROCESS+Expert+Analysis+Report+-+29+June+2021.pdf

Winner: ANZSOC Early Career Research Award 2021 for best early career research publication in criminology.

Winner: 2022 Radzinowicz Prize for the British Journal of Criminology article that makes the 'greatest contribution to the development of criminology and criminal justice' (best article of the year).


My Teaching

CRIM2020 - Criminal Law and Justice 1

CRIM2021 - Criminal Law and Justice 2

CRIM3012 - Violence and Victimisation

CRIM3000 - Criminology in Practice