Dr Rachael Burgin is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Swinburne Law School in Melbourne. Australia. She was awarded her PhD in Criminology from Monash University in 2019. Her research explores the ways that affirmative consent has been adopted into law and translated into legal practice in rape trials across Australia. She's passionate about reforming rape law to better protect victim-survivors from re-traumatisation within criminal justice mechanisms, and to improve the preventative and educative functions of the law.