Elizabeth Stanley

Director, Institute of Criminology School of Social and Cultural Studies

Research interests

State crimes, human rights violations, truth commissions and international courts, detention

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BA (Hons) (Hull), MA (Keele), PhD (VUW)


Elizabeth Stanley joined the Institute in January 2003. She had previously spent five years as a Lecturer in Critical Criminology at the Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice, UK.

Elizabeth's research interests are in the areas of state crime, human rights, transitional justice and social justice. She has undertaken studies on rights and detention in NZ and the UK, and her work in South Africa, Chile and Timor Leste has focused on truth commissions and court processes.

Current research

  • The Changing Status of Human Rights in New Zealand
  • Human Rights and Imprisonment
  • Experiences of New Zealanders Deported from Australia

Current teaching

From 2014-2019 Elizabeth holds a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. She will not coordinate any courses during this time.

Postgraduate supervision

Elizabeth is available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students on projects relating to state crime, human rights, imprisonment, punishment, asylum and refugees, truth commissions, international courts and issues of social justice.

Selected publications

Stanley E (2016) From Care to Custody: Trajectories of Children in Post-War New Zealand, Youth Justice Journal

Stanley E. (2016) The Road to Hell: State Violence against Children in Postwar New Zealand Auckland: Auckland University Press

Stanley, E. (2016) ‘Human Rights as a Protective Force’ in Weber L, Fishwick E and Marmo M (eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, London: Routledge

Stanley, E. (2016) ‘Silencing Violations in State Care’, NZ Sociology, Vol 31(1): pp 8-28

Stanley E. (2015). Responding to State Institutional Violence British Journal of Criminology, vol 48(2), pp. 295-297.

Stanley, E. (2014). The Victimization of Children in State-Run Social Welfare Homes. In D. Rothe & D. Kauzlarich (Eds). Towards a Victimology of State Crime London: Routledge: pp.46-65

Bacic, R. and Stanley, E. (2014) The Chilean Government's Attempts at Reparations have been Weak and Ineffectual. In D. Nelson (Ed). Chile (Genocide and Persecution) Michigan: Greenhaven Press.

Stanley, E. & McCulloch, J. (2014) Resistance to State Crime. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (Eds) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice New York: Springer: pp. 4392-4402

Stanley, E. (2012). Interviewing Victims of State Violence. In D. Gadd, S. Karstedt, & S.F. Messner (Eds). The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods London/NY: Sage: pp. 231-243

Stanley, E. (2012). Indonesian State Terror in Timor-Leste and West Papua. In S. Poynting & D. Whyte (Eds). Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence London: Routledge: pp. 197-214

Stanley, E., & McCulloch, J. (Eds.). (2012). State Crime and Resistance, London: Routledge

Stanley, E. (2012) Resistance to State-Corporate Crimes in West Papua. In E. Stanley & J. McCulloch (Eds) State Crime and Resistance London: Routledge: pp. 84-98

Stanley, E. & McCulloch, J. (2012) Resistance to State Crime. In E. Stanley & J. McCulloch (Eds) State Crime and Resistance London: Routledge: pp. 1-13

McCulloch, J. & Stanley, E. (2012) Beyond State Crime. In E. Stanley E & J. McCulloch (Eds) State Crime and Resistance London: Routledge: pp. 225-229

Stanley E. (2011). Human Rights and Prisons: a Review to the Human Rights Commission, Auckland: Human Rights Commission

Stanley E. (2011). 'Rethinking Imprisonment and Human Rights', Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Stanley, E. (2010). A Critical Introduction to Torture, International State Crime Initiative

Stanley, E. and Marriott, A. (2010). 'Timor-Leste'. In D. Chu & G. Newman (Eds) Crime and Punishment around the World: Asia/Pacific Volume, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO: pp. 251-262

Stanley, E. (2010). The Globalization of Transitional Justice. In W. Chambliss, R. Michalowski & R. Kramer (Eds) State Crime in the Global Age Cullompton/Portland: Willan

Stanley, E. (2009). 'Securing Human Rights through Transitional Justice'. In R. Alley (Ed) Celebrating Human Rights: Sixty Years of the Universal Declaration Wellington : New Zealand Human Rights Commission and New Zealand Institute of International Affairs: pp. 71-78.

Stanley, E. (2009). Human Rights and Prisons. In G. Maxwell G (Ed) Addressing the Causes of Offending: What is the Evidence? Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies

Stanley, E. (2009). Transitional Justice: From the Local to the International. In P. Hayden (Ed) The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations, London: Ashgate

Stanley, E. (2009). Torture, Truth and Justice: the Case of Timor-Leste London: Routledge

Stanley, E. (2008). Detention, Rights and Torture, Criminal Justice Matters, No 71(1): pp 14-15.

Stanley, E. (2008). The Political Economy of Transitional Justice in Timor-Leste. In K. McEvoy & L. McGregor (Eds) Transitional Justice from Below: Grassroots Activism and the Struggle for Change , Oxford: Hart Publishing

Stanley, E. (2008). Torture and Terror. In T. Anthony & C. Cunneen (Eds) The Critical Criminology Companion Leichhardt, N.S.W : Hawkins Press 

Stanley, E. (2007). 'Transnational Crime and State-Building: The Case of Timor-Leste', Social Justice, Vol 34(2), pp 124-137

Stanley E. (2007). Torture Survivors: Their Experiences of Violation, Truth and Justice Dili: Judicial System Monitoring Programme,

Stanley, E. (2006). Towards a Criminology for Human Rights. In A. Barton, K. Corteen, D. Scott, & D. Whyte (Eds) Expanding The Criminological Imagination: Readings in Critical Criminologies, Cullompton: Willan: pp. 168-197

Stanley, E. (2005).  'Truth Commissions and the Recognition of State Crime', British Journal of Criminology, 45(4): pp. 582-597 (Special Edition on State Crime).

Malloch, M.S. & Stanley, E. (2005). The Detention of Asylum Seekers in the UK: Representing Risk, Managing the Dangerous, Punishment and Society, 7(1): pp. 53-71.

Stanley, E. (2005). Torture and Transitional Justice in Timor Leste: A Report for the Judicial System Monitoring Project, Dili: JSMP 

Bacic, R. & Stanley, E.(2005). Dealing with Torture in Chile: Achievements and Shortcomings of the 'Valech Report, Nuremburg: Nuremburg Human Rights Centre

Stanley, E. (2004). Torture, Silence and Recognition, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 6(1): pp. 5-25.

Stanley, E. 'Silencing Torture' in Morris, P. and Greatrex, H. (eds) Human Rights Research, Wellington: VUW Press (2004).

Maxwell, G. & Stanley, E. (2004). Human Rights and Places of Detention in New Zealand: A Report to the Human Rights Commission, NZ Human Rights Commission Report (199 pages).

Stanley, E. (2002). What Next? The Aftermath of Organised Truth-telling, Race and Class, 44(1): 1-15.

Stanley, E. (2002). An Attack on Truth?. In P Scraton (Ed), Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent London: Pluto Press: pp. 206-210.

Stanley, E. (2001). Evaluating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Journal of Modern African Studies, 39(3): 525-546.

Stanley, E. (2001). Identities, Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Some International Concerns. In P. Kennedy and C. Danks (Eds), Globalization and National Identities: Crisis or Opportunity? London: Palgrave: pp. 175-189.

Memberships, appointments and other work

Recent awards

  • 2013 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship
  • 2008 Victorias 'Best course' Award given to CRIM 323 State Crime
  • 2008 The Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2004 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Young Scholar Prize