Centre for Peace and Social Justice

Centre for Peace and Social JusticeThe Centre for Peace and Social Justice (CPSJ) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars from law and justice, cultural studies, politics and policy, Indigenous studies, education, social sciences, creative arts and media. The CPSJ aims to conduct engaged scholarship with the community-at-large and welcomes collaborative endeavours.

The CPSJ focuses on markers of difference that potentially contribute to the inclusion or exclusion in full citizenship. Markers include gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, family status, material well-being, religion and identity. Members at the Centre are committed to strengthening core values of diversity including acceptance, mutual respect and recognition.

We particularly focus on community-engaged scholarship and studies in:

  • Peace studies
  • Conflict dissolution and alternative dispute resolution
  • Human rights theory and practice
  • Identity in terms of race, disability, sexuality, gender and age
  • Cultural diversity and transformative pedagogy
  • Engaged citizenship and belonging
  • Ethical interventions and social justice
  • Representation and the media
  • Power relations in diverse contexts
  • Restorative justice
  • Comparative and international law, criminology and victimology
  • Exclusion from and inclusion in full legal, political and cultural rights
  • Space, place and belonging

The Centre for Peace and Social Justice is well-positioned with its membership to provide a crucial space for community engagement and scholarship that ameliorates the human condition through principled support for diversity and difference.


The Centre for Peace and Social Justice welcomes your support and sponsorship, especially for our scholarly activities and events. If you can assist, please contact cpsj@scu.edu.au. Thank you.


Professor Bee Chen Goh, Director.

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Patron's message: The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon Michael Kirby AO CMG I have accepted the position of Patron of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice (CPSJ), Southern Cross University.

I learned about the Centre when I visited the University. Its purposes as an inter-disciplinary community of scholars with a focus on law and justice, cultural studies, politics and policy, indigenous studies, education, social sciences and media seemed admirable and intriguing. In fact, this focus tracks some of the main issues in which I was engaged as inaugural chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission thirty years ago. That period in my life was highly influential in my perceptions of law and justice. It profoundly influenced the way in which I look at legal problems. It helped me to perceive the context of law, not only as a study of black letters but also as a vital social force for good or oppression.

Thirty years ago in Australia, this attitude to law was regarded in some quarters as heresy. Doubtless there remain some curmudgeons in the legal profession who consider that the study of these subjects is only likely to mislead the mind and take it into dangerous waters. However, viewing law in context is now a commonplace. The CPSJ will help students at Southern Cross University and others to adopt this approach and to do this with discipline, armed with empirical research and with minds open to diverse points of view.

I am specially glad that CPSJ has encouraged research in human rights theory and practice, cultural diversity and the identities of racial, political, national, sexual, cultural and other identities. Recent events in the world show how important these topics are to the global community of the 21st century. I congratulate Southern Cross University on establishing the CPSJ. I look forward to my association with the Centre and with the scholars and students that take part in its work.

Canberra, Michael Kirby 12 July, 2005


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