Anne Cossins, Ph.D.
Dr Annie Cossins is an Associate Professor in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. She is the pre-eminent Australian expert on legal reform in the area of sexual assault and a scholar in theoretical criminology. She is presently the holder of an ARC Discovery Grant (along with J Delahunty) entitled: "Countering misconceptions in child sexual assault cases with expert evidence and judicial directions".
She is the founder and Convenor of the National Child Sexual Assault Reform Committee - a high-level committee which was comprised of all Directors of Public Prosecution, various District Court judges, academics, and Children`s Commissioners (amongst others) which met annually for the past 8 years. A link to its discussion paper on reforms for the prosecution of child sex offences around Australia is available under Dr Cossins' publications.
Dr Cossins was also a member of the Criminal Justice and Sexual Offences Taskforce which was established by the NSW Attorney-General in 2004 after a submission by her and the NSW Rape Crisis Centre to the Attorney-General for the establishment of a taskforce to examine changes to the laws of evidence in NSW and the feasibility of specialist courts for sex offences in NSW. As a result of this Taskforce, a number of legislative changes were made to the substantive criminal law as well as procedural laws concerning the conduct of sexual assault trials in NSW.
Dr. Cossins' recent publications include:
- Cossins, A., & Plummer M. (2018). Masculinity and Sexual Abuse. Men and Masculinities, 21, 163-188.
- Plummer, M., & Cossins, A. (2018). The Cycle of Abuse: When Victims Become Offenders. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 19, 286-304.
- Cossins, A. (2018). The future of joint trials of sex offences after Hughes: resolving judicial fears and jurisdictional tensions with evidence-based decision-making. Melbourne University Law Review, 41, 1121-1159.
- Cossins, A. (2015). Female Criminality Infanticide, Moral Panics and The Female Body. Palgrave Macmillan.