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Dr Jamal Barnes

Lecturer, Criminology

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5464
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.205  

Jamal is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • CRI1107 The Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI3109 International Human Rights
  • CRI3120 Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System.


Jamal received his PhD in Politics and International Studies from Murdoch University. He has taught at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame.

Research areas and interests

Jamal’s research focuses on human rights, torture and detention, international security, counter-terrorism, and refugees/migration. He is the author of the book, A Genealogy of the Torture Taboo (Routledge 2017).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2014.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Murdoch University, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies in Criminology, Murdoch University, 2009.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies, Murdoch University, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Migrant and transnational identity-formation: German and Australian responses to migration and asylum seekers in the media and public discourse,  Edith Cowan University,  Australia-Germany JRC Scheme (UA-DAAD),  2018 - 2020,  $18,000.
  • Digital Preservation and Documentation of Australia's Migrant Cultural Heritage,  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),  2018 - 2019,  $97,200.
  • International Collaboration with Swansea University in the Field of Cyberterrorism for Research Cooperation and Student Exchange,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $8,395.
  • Australian counter-terrorism cooperation with states that torture,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $13,700.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Barnes, J., (2017), A Genealogy of the Torture Taboo. Routledge Studies in Human Rights, 202, Oxon, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315269009.

Book Chapters

  • Barnes, J., Lucas, K., (2017), Interrupting Engagement with Online Extremist Content: Utilising ‘Noisy’ Foreign Fighters. Terrorists' Use of the Internet: Assessment and Response, 136(25), 279-289, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-765-8-279.
  • Barnes, J., Baldino, D., (2016), Foreign policy: old alliances, new problems and the retreat of soft power. From Abbott to Turnbull a new direction?: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2013-2016, 12(15), 173-195, West Geelong, Echo Books.

Journal Articles

  • Barnes, J., (2019), Force-feeding and the legacy of torture in the 'war on terror'. The International Journal of Human Rights, 23(7), 1074-1097, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2019.1592158.
  • Barnes, J., (2019), Australia, US torture and the power of international law. Australian Journal of Political Science, 54(4),  474-489, DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2019.1645092.
  • Barnes, J., Baldino, D., (2018), A network maritime security approach to intelligence sharing in the IOR. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 14(3), 315-330, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/19480881.2018.1519298.
  • Baldino, D., Barnes, J., (2018), Strange bedfellows: Australia, Iran and the dilemma of torture-tainted information sharing. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 64(4), 608-623, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ajph.12515.
  • Barnes, J., (2016), Black sites, 'extraordinary renditions' and the legitimacy of the torture taboo. International Politics, 53(2), 198-219, DOI: 10.1057/ip.2015.46.
  • Barnes, J., (2016), The 'war on terror' and the battle for the definition of torture. International relations, 30(1), 102-124, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0047117815587775.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Everyday ethics and storytelling after terrorism: Collaborative ethnographies exploring intersubjective identities through anthropology, victim/survivor studies and communication and cultural studies
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