EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Intoxication evidence in rape trials: A double-edged sword?
There is strong evidence that intoxication by alcohol and other drugs is frequently associated with sexual violence. Criminal law reforms in Australia have attempted to break the "rape myth" nexus between intoxication and assumed consent.
This project is subjecting the operation of relevant rules to systematic analysis, focusing on intoxication evidence in rape trials.
This project undertakes qualitative analysis of appellate judgments, court transcripts and interviews with prosecutors and defence lawyers in three Australian jurisdictions.