Dr. Dioso-Villa is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine and her MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto. Her areas of research include the sociology of forensic science and its application in the criminal justice system and the study of wrongful convictions in Australia. In particular, she is interested in the admissibility of the forensic sciences, the validation of forensic science techniques, and the causes and correlates of wrongful conviction. Dr Dioso-Villa has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Society of Criminology and the Canadian Foundation of University Women. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Canadian Journal of Criminology, UNSW Law Journal, Law Probability and Risk and the Wall Street Journal.
Kirsty is a Forensic Scientist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences at Griffith University. She is an experienced Major Crime Scientist, and expert witness for the court, and has led DNA teams in a number of successful local and international forensic operations. She was involved in the 2002 Bali Bombings forensic operation, and in 2005 was the DNA Team Leader for the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification operation in Phuket as part of the Australian Federal Police Disaster Victim Identification Team. Kirsty led the successful expansion of the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database as Program Manager for CrimTrac, has provided forensic workshops for police, scientific and judicial groups locally and abroad and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter 1937 - 2014
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was a supporter of the Griffith University Innocence Project.
One-time prize-winning welterweight Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter fought for more than 20 years to clear his name for a crime he did not commit.
Rubin's story was immortalised in the 70's hit song by Bob Dylan entitled Hurricane and, more recently, in the movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington.
Following his release from prison, where he narrowly escaped the electric chair, Rubin Carter worked tirelessly to ensure others did not suffer the same plight he endured. He helped found the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted in Canada and strongly endorsed the Griffith University Innocence Project, which he visited in 2003.
- Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Award for Commitment to Social Justice
- An hour with Rubin Carter (PDF 120k) - a public lecture given by Rubin Carter on Friday, October 10, 2003.
- October, 2003, 'Hurricane' hits the law School (PDF 1Mb) - news report