Professor Alperhan Babacan

Biography

Alperhan holds honours degrees in Law and Political Science, a PhD, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. He has undertaken research work in government and has worked as a legal practitioner for many years.

In academia, Alperhan has held various senior positions including as Director of RMIT's law program, discipline leader of law at Swinburne University and deputy head of a large multidisciplinary school at Swinburne University. He has extensive experience in unit and course development, accreditation and review.

Alperhan has a vast number of publications in areas relating criminalisation and deviance, border security, asylum, human rights, terrorism, indigenous and minority communities and the criminal justice system and teaching and learning in the higher education sector. 

Research Interests

Alperhan’s research interests span numerous areas including criminalisation and deviance, border security, asylum, human rights, terrorism, indigenous and minority communities and the criminal justice system and teaching and learning in the higher education sector. 

Teaching Interests

 Alperhan’s teaching experience is very broad, having taught at the undergraduate and post graduate  levels in both legal education and in the social sciences. He  is particularly passionate about teaching areas related to rights and the criminal justice system.

Expert Comment Topics

  • Criminalisation and deviance
  • Terrorism
  • Indigenous and minority communities
  • Criminal Justice systemHuman rights
  • Learning and teaching in higher education
  • Legal education
  • Legal profession
  • Crime and sentencing

Book Chapters

  • Babacan, A. (2015). Legal response to violence against ethnic minorities in Australia, in Day, A, and Fernandez, E. (eds.),  Preventing Violence in Australia: Policy, Practice and Solutions, Federation Press.
  • Babacan, A . (2013). The effective regulation of the media to combat racism  in Gopalkrishnan , N (ed.) Racism in the New World Order , Cambridge.
  • Babacan, A. (2012). The nation state and diversity in Australia in Babacan, H. and Hermann, P. (eds.) Nation State and Ethnic Diversity, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Babacan H. and Babacan, A. (2012). Equal valued status:  belonging, identity and place, In N. Steiner, R. Mason, A. Hayes (eds.), Migrant Security: Citizenship in a Transnational Era, (eds.),  Routledge,
  • Babacan, H. and Babacan, A. (2012).  The Australian nation state: Managing multi-faith relations in a globalised era,  Celik, K  and P. Herrmann, P. (eds.)  Religion and Loss of Confidence, Social Policy in Today’s World.
  • Babacan, A. (2011).  Security and human rights: Australia’s  response to the war on terrorism’ in Babacan , A. and Tahiri, H  (eds .) Counter–Terrorism and Social Cohesion, Cambridge.
  • Babacan, A. and Joshi, M.  (2010). A framework to enhance deep learning and multiple skills through teaching and learning , Emerging Paradigms in Commerce and Management Education, CSSDGM India, ISBN 9788190975520

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Babacan, A., Babacan, H. (2018). Repositioning lifelong learning in legal education. Widening Participation in Lifelong Learning. Vol. 20, No.2, pp. 122-148
  • Babacan, A., Babacan, H. (2017). Enhancing civic consciousness through student pro bono in legal education, accepted for publication on 29th November 2016, published online on 9th February 2017 in Teaching in Higher Education,Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 672-689.
  • Babacan, A., Babacan, H. (2015). A transformative approach to work integrated learning in legal education. Education + Training, Vol. 57, Issue 2, pp. 170-183.
  • Babacan, A., and Moradi-Motlagh, A. (2015) The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Efficiency of Australian Banks, Economic Modelling,46, pp. 397-406.
  • Valadkhani, A., Babacan, A. (2014). Modelling how much extra motorists pay on the road? A cross-sectional study of profit margins of unleaded petrol in Australia. Energy Policy 69, 179-188.
  • Valadkhani, A., Babacan, A. and Dabir-Alai, P. (2014), The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices on Non-Energy Sectors in Australia, Economic Analysis and Policy, 44(4), 386-395.
  • Babacan, A. (2014). Is good governance adequate to tackling corruption in the Pacific? Journal of Pacific Studies, forthcoming in June 2014 issue, special  issue: Corruption, Transparency and Good Governance in the Pacific.   
  • Babacan, A., Di Iorio, A., Meade, A. (2013). The (in) effective regulation of incorporated legal practices: an Australian case study. International Journal of the Legal Profession 20(3), pp. 315-345.
  • Babacan, A. (2013). The significance of legal research skills and the implications on law academics and librarians.Australian Law Librarian Journal 21(4), 227-235.
  • Babacan, A., Babacan, H. (2013). Difficult research conversations: sharing socially sensitive research in the public domain. ETropic, 12(1), 52 -63.
  • Babacan, A.  (2013). The construction of ‘indigenous identity’: Racism, the media and the Bolt case, 3rdInternational Conference on Racisms in the New World Order. James Cook University, 28-29th August 2012, Cairns, Australia.
  • Babacan, A. Babacan, H. (2013). The transformative potential of an internationalized human rights law curriculum. Journal of Transformative Education 10(4), 199-218. 
  • Babacan, A. (2012). Corporate social responsibility disclosure by Islamic financial institutions: an Australian case study. International Journal of Business Research 12(5), 119-130.
  • Babacan, A. and Joshi, M. (2012). Developing a framework for the effective use of blogs in formative assessment in law and accounting  Programs, Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education,  July, Volume 13 (2),  21-32.
  • Babacan, A. (2011). The online Law Program at RMIT University: A blended approach, Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, April, Volume 12 (2), 1-8.
  • Babacan, A. (2010). “Assessing Online Law Students: The Promotion of Deep Learning Through Engaging Online Assessment Activities” in Gulsecen, S. and Reis, Z. A. (eds.) Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future 2010: e-Learning, Istanbul Kultur University, Publication No. 125, Istanbul, 239-246.
  • Goodman, R., Douglas, K., Babacan, A. (2010). Master planned estates and collective private assets in Australia: research into the attitudes of planners and developers. International Planning Studies, 15(2), 99-117.
  • Babacan, A. and Joshi,  M.  (2010). Promoting deep learning through Collaborative teaching and learning approaches in Global Journal of Accounting and Management, March, 2010.

Conference Papers

  • Babacan, A (2017) The (in)effectiveness of mediation in multicultural societies, refereed paper presented at the Governance and Dispute Resolution Conference on 5th December 2017, Zelman Cowan Centre and Victoria University, Melbourne.
  • Babacan, A. (2016). The  effective engagement of  students undertaking experiential learning in Criminology and  Justice degrees,  NPI Conference,  Navitas, 4-5 November 2016, Melbourne.
  • Babacan, A. (2016). Challenges posed to the discipline of Criminology and Justice,  NPI Conference,  Navitas, 4-5 November 2016, Melbourne.
  • Babacan, A. (2016). The  effective engagement of  online students undertaking experiential learning in Criminology and  Justice degrees: A transformative approach,  NPI Conference,  Navitas, 4-5 November 2016, Melbourne .
  • Babacan, A. (2015). A Transformative approach to pro bono programs in legal education, Australian Law Teachers Association  (ALTA) Conference,  Latrobe University, 16 July, Melbourne.
  • Babacan, A. (2014). Legal response to violence against ethnic minorities in Australia, Refereed conference paper:  Violence  in Australia: Perspectives, Policy and Solutions Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, 1st July, 2014.
  • Babacan, A.  (2012). Transformative pedagogies in the teaching of Business and Law, Keynote paper presented at the PCMA International Business Conference, 21-22 December 2012, India.
  • Babacan, A. (2012).  The construction of ‘indigenous identity’: Racism, the media and the Bolt case, Paper accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order, James Cook University, 28 & 29th August 2012, Cairns, Australia
  • Douglas, K., Babacan, A., Kam, L., Toohey. M. (2011). Legal skills development: authentic learning initiatives, presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, 3-6 July, Stamford Plaza, Brisbane.
  • Babacan, A. (2010). ‘Counter terrorism legislation in Australia:  civil rights versus the need to protect the community’; paper presented at the Counter Terrorism, the Law and the Community, symposium, jointly organised by the Victoria Police and Dr. Babacan from the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, September 8, 2010.
  • Babacan, A. (2010).Assessing online law students: The promotion of deep learning through engaging online assessment activities, Third International Future E-Learning Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future, May 10-14, Istanbul Kultur University, Istanbul 2010.

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia