Dr. Rachael Burgin

Chief Executive Officer


Dr Rachael Burgin is the CEO of Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy and a Lecturer of Law at Swinburne University of Technology. She was awarded her PhD for her thesis exploring the ways that affirmative consent has been adopted into rape law in Victoria, Australia and how it has translated into legal practice in rape trials. She has published her findings in leading criminology journals and has advocated for survivor-driven reviews into sexual consent law in Australia.


Burgin, R. (2019) 'Persistent Narratives of Force and Resistance: Affirmative Consent as Law Reform', British Journal of Criminology 59(2).
Burgin, R. & Flynn, A. (2020) 'Women's Behaviour as Implied Consent: Male "Reasonableness" in Australian Rape Law', Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Reports and Submissions
Burgin, R & Crowe, J. ‘Draft Proposals on Consent in Relation to Sexual Offences’, Submission to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (17 November 2019)


Burgin, R. (2019) 'Australian law doesn't go far enough to legislate affirmative consent. NSW now has a chance to get it right', The Conversation (11 December 2019)