Dr Jane Wangmann joined the Law Faculty in February 2010. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney in 2009. Her doctoral thesis explored the use of cross applications in domestic violence protection order proceedings in NSW. In this way it was concerned with men’s and women’s competing definitions of domestic violence. It involved extensive empirical work, including interviewing people involved in cross applications and key professionals working in the legal system, court observations and the analysis of court files. Jane has worked in the area of domestic violence and the law for over 15 years - as a solicitor in a community legal centre, as a senior policy officer in the NSW Attorney General’s Department and in research. She is interested in how domestic violence, and more broadly violence against women, is understood and responded to by the legal system across multiple areas of law.
Jane is also interested in the development of redress programs for complex harms such as institutional child abuse. She worked as a research associate on a Australian Research Council grant conducted by Professor Graycar, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. Jane has presented conference papers arising from this research in Canada and Australia.
Jane’s professional experience includes working at the Australian Law Reform Commission on its equality reference (1993-1994) and most recently on its current family violence reference (November 2009 - January 2010), and for the NSW Royal Commission into the Police Service.