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Prejudice and Paedophilia in Hate Crime Laws: Dunn v. R

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 253-256, 2009

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/47

9 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2010  

Gail Mason

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: May 7, 2010

Abstract

This article considers the recent case of Dunn v R where it was decided by the NSW Supreme Court that sentence aggravation provisions for ‘hate crimes’ apply to paedophiles. This controversial decision is analysed against the backdrop of hate crime laws in Australian jurisdictions. The author argues that the decision in Dunn does little to further the social justice ideals of hate crime laws as a whole.

Keywords: hate crime, targeted crime, bias crime, paedophilia

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

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Mason, Gail, Prejudice and Paedophilia in Hate Crime Laws: Dunn v. R (May 7, 2010). Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 253-256, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1601685

Gail F. Mason (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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