DR Nesam McMillan

DR Nesam McMillan




  • My research critically examines social, legal and political responses to events of mass harm. Focused on the ethics of international engagement with the suffering of others, my research charts and interrogates the way in which mass harm is both culturally understood and practically addressed. Drawing on postcolonial theory, I am also attentive to the historical and cultural dynamics of contemporary international responses. From a criminological perspective, I am concerned with nature and effects of the construction of certain events as distinctly international and/or criminal issues. Focused on a range of different case studies, my research demonstrates how dominant international responses to mass harm can function to appropriate the suffering of others in order to further external social, political and legal goals and can also make it difficult to appreciate and comprehend certain forms and events of harm. I have argued for modes of international engagement with suffering that recognise historical and subjugated harms and are based on specificity and a respect for context. Previous and current projects focus on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Rwandan genocide, international crime, peacekeeping and war and colonial and settler-colonial injustice. From 2012-2016, I was also a Chief Investigator on the Minutes of Evidence project, a collaborative Australian Research Council Linkage project bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, education experts, performance artists, community members, government and community agencies to spark new public and academic conversations about historical and structural injustice through performance, education and research (see: www.minutesofevidence.com.au). I am currently a Lecturer in Global Criminology at the University of Melbourne. I am interested in supervising students with an interest in international crime, justice and responsibility; mass atrocity and genocide; transitional justice; postcolonial and settler   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 2003
  • LLB (Hons), University of Melbourne 2003

Awards and honors

  • University of Melbourne RG Wilson Scholarship, 2003
  • University of Melbourne Postgraduate Overseas Research Scholarship, 2003
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2003
  • Norval Morris Prize, 2002


Available for supervision

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