Eugene is a lawyer and legal academic. His research investigates the reproduction of class, race and colonialism through the criminal law and its procedure, the law of evidence and labour law. Eugene has practised criminal and employment law for over a decade, working in both New South Wales and the Northern Territory with NSW Legal Aid and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). He has also worked as Research Associate to the Hon. Justice Lance Wright, President of the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission.
His teaching experience is based primarily in criminal law and procedure, criminology and public policy and he is currently lecturing Constitutional law.
- Chair of the Civil and Human Rights Action Group, New South Wales Council of Civil Liberties (NSWCCL)
- Vice-President of the Australia New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS)
- Member of the editorial committee on the academic journal, Law & History.
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- Criminal law and procedure
- Law and history
- Labour law
- Social theory
- Constitutional law
- Constitutional law
- Criminal law and procedure
- Labour law
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2019, 'Resistance and Reform: Shared relationships and common interests among the subjects of criminal law in colonial New South Wales', Law & History, vol. 6, no. 1.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2018, 'Undoing a Model System: A new federal custody notification service', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 108-112.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2018, 'Regulating executive salaries and reducing pay disparities: Is pay disclosure the answer?', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 2018, no. 81, pp. 95-120.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
In 2017 it was reported that Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post – a
publicly owned company – earned AUD$10.8 million in a single year. In
2015, he was paid 119 times the annual salary of the average Australia
Post employee ($47,000 per annum). Fahour presided over the
organisation's greatest decline in company turnover, accompanied by
large-scale retrenchments of low-paid workers (Evershed, 2017). Yet as
extravagant as Fahour's pay appears, it is far from the largest executive
remuneration packages paid to CEOs in Australia. In recent years, some
have surpassed $30 million per annum. In the United States (US), CEO
pay can be 300 times that of the average wage within the company
(Mishel and Davis, 2015). Even after a slight 'correction' in CEO pay,
which dipped in Australia during the Global Financial Crisis from an
average of $5.5 million per annum to $4.7 million, David Richardson of
The Australia Institute has recently found that CEO pay is on the rise
again, averaging $5.2 million last financial year (Patty, 2018;
Pay disparities between senior management and workers in the English speaking global metropole – primarily Australia, UK, and the US – have
intensified over the last three decades. At the beginning of the 1980s in
the US, pay ratios ran at about 20:1. Management theorists such as Peter
Drucker first suggested in 1977 that any increase in a 20:1 ratio would
result in 'resentment and falling morale' within companies, eroding the
collective effort and trust upon which business depends (Wartzman,
2011). In the UK and Australia at that time, average pay ratios stood at a modest 15:1. Today, that figure in Australia and the UK is 183:1 (Walker,
2016), while in the US some executives earn 373 times the salary of an
average rank-and-file worker (High Pay Centre [HPC], 2014; AFLCIO,
2015). Meanwhile, corporate regulation implemented since the 1980s
appears to have encouraged, rather than stemmed, pay disparity and
lavish executive remunera...
Since the 1980s, a number of fair trial rights and civil liberties have been eroded in Australia, particularly in respect to summary justice and police powers. This article traces the 'bottom-up' origins of some of those rights and liberties in colonial New South Wales. It focuses on the activist Edwin Withers and his interactions with the Parramatta magistracy in the mid 1840s. The Withers example enables us to see how some fair trial rights and civil liberties resulted from community-based social activism, which relied upon the legislature and higher court authority to become law. The importance of these rights - for example, the right to counsel, the right to a fair and impartial tribunal and protection against arbitrary detention - is demonstrated by the very fact that they issued from the working and middle classes and are implicated within wider class relationships involving residents of a local community. Using archival research and qualitative analysis, this article has important implications for Australian legal history in relation to the adoption of the Jervis Acts 1848 (UK), some of the first summary procedure legislation enacted within colonial NSW. The article demonstrates how the fair trial rights campaign at Parramatta resulted in amendment to the adopted Acts in the colony.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2013, 'A different inequality: The politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia', Australian Aboriginal Studies, vol. 1, pp. 118-120.
Schofield-Georgeson, E, Schofield, T, Hepworth, M & Jones, M 2011, 'Health and community services for trafficked women: An exploratory study of policy and practice', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 391-410.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Schofield-Georgeson, E & Campbell, G 2006, 'Tying aid to the State Building Corporations', Yale Globalist, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 4-5.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2005, 'Fighting the US military: a civil approach', The Human Rights Defender Magazine, vol. 2, pp. 6-7.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, 'Campaign to save the NSW Custody Notification Service: 'Lifeline' for Indigenous People in Custody' in Finlay, SM, Williams, M, McInerney, M, Sweet, M & Ward, M (eds), JustJustice: Tackling the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Croakey, Sydney.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, 'Human Rights and Criminal Law in NSW', Public Lecture, Law Society of NSW.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, 'Federal Constitutional Strategies for the Localisation of Political Power', ICON-S Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, 'A New Era of Coercive Industrial Relations for Australia', ICON-S Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
Rennert, D, Powell, C, Fuo, O & Sorokin, M 2017, 'Federalism and The Judicial Role - Panel Chair', ICON-S Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, 'Who are the Subjects of Australian Criminal Law: Defining 'Colonised People' in Australian Legal History', Australia & New Zealand Law & History Society Conference, Perth.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2015, 'Powerful Sympathies: Criminal Law Reform and Fair Trial Rights in Colonial New South Wales, 1788-1861', Australia and New Zealand Law & History Society Conference, Adelaide.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2014, ''Mad' Edwin Withers and the Struggle for Fair Trial Rights at Parramatta', Australia and New Zealand Law & History Society Conference, Coffs Harbour.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2013, 'A brief history of the right to silence in New South Wales', Australia and New Zealand Law & History Society Conference, Dunedin.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2018, Submission on behalf of the NSWCCL to the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into matters relating to Section 44 of the Constitution, Sydney.
Schofield-Georgeson, E Australian Parliament 2018, Submission on behalf of the NSWCCL to the Australian Federal Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into Lowering the Voting Age, Sydney.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, Submission on behalf of the NSWCCL to the Australian Parliamentary Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill (2017) (re the custody notification service for Aboriginal people in police custody)., The SenateLegal and Constitutional AffairsLegislation Committee Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017 [Provisions], no. Submission 4, Federal Parliament of Australia,.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, Submission on behalf of the NSWCCL to the Queensland Legislative Assembly Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Inquiry into a Human Rights Act for Queensland.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, Submission on behalf of the NSWCCL to the NSW Law Reform Commission Review of the Guradianship Act 1987 (NSW).
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, Submission on Behalf of the NSWCCL to the NSW Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Public Interest Disclosure Legislation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2011, Intersections Between the Law, Religion and Human Rights Project: Literature Review.
Schofield-Georgeson, E & Williams, G NSW Department of Commerce 2007, Submission on behalf of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to the Inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System, Working Together: Inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2018, 'Labor's pay policy merely hints at helping low paid workers rather than actually doing it', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, 'Work Councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2017, 'By What Authority? Criminal law reform in colonial New South Wales, 1788-1861'.
In colonial New South Wales (NSW) between 1788 and 1861, criminal law was the primary State apparatus through which social relations were conducted. In an era before representative democracy (1857) and during a time of brutal colonisation, the criminal law was, undoubtedly, an implement of coercive colonial power. But criminal law also provided a forum in which social grievances could be heard and against which were made counter-hegemonic claims to fundamental rights and civil liberties.
This thesis proposes that a broad coalition of social groups relied upon the criminal law to democratise their society as well as the law itself, in which they participated either as its subjects, as lawyers or social commentators. In making such a claim, this thesis constructs a new typology specifically designed to describe social relations related to the legal history of the criminal law. It does so by identifying structural relationships between three distinctive social groups who occupied colonial society throughout the period: 'colonised peoples and working-class peoples', 'civic radicals' and 'constitutional radicals'. Accordingly, this thesis examines how various struggles and interventions by these groups eventually led to the reform of criminal law in colonial NSW.
The reform achieved throughout this period made the law fairer, particularly for colonised peoples. But it also ensured the longevity or 'hegemony' of a section of the colonial ruling-class who supported reform. The legacy of this reform has since been carried into the twentieth century where, concerningly, towards its end and at the beginning of the next, efforts have been to dismantle much of the reforms hard-won during the mid- to late-colonial era. Long forgotten are the people for whom that reform exists - those who continue to occupy unequal space, often on the fringes of Australian cities and towns and in the prisons and courts of the Australian criminal justice system.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, 'Corporate-style regulation of unions won't defeat corruption', The Conversation.
Peetz, D & Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, 'Restoring the construction watchdog ABCC: experts respond', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2016, 'ABCC Laws Pass the Senate', ABC Radio National, The World Today,.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2015, 'NSW ditches another protection for Indigenous people in custody', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2014, 'Bikies, unions...and the ABCC? Spinning the policing of work', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2014, 'Fair work or more productivity? Revived ABCC will deliver neither', The Conversation.
Schofield-Georgeson, E 2014, 'Criminal Procedure in New South Wales, 1788-1861'.