Akuch Kuol Anyieth is an award-winning author, writer and academic researcher in crime, justice and legal studies. Akuch was born in South Sudan during the civil war and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. She moved to Australian with her family in 2005.
Since then, Akuch has completed a Bachelor of Legal Studies at La Trobe University, a master degree in Justice and Criminology at RMIT with distinction and a second master research degree at La Trobe University. Her second master degree examined masculinity and family violence within the South Sudanese Community. Currently, her PhD is examining Family Violence Intervention Orders within the South Sudanese community in Victoria. In 2022, Akuch was awarded the Victorian Multicultural Commission Refugee Achievement Award. Akuch was also awarded a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2022 in the category of Justice. This award recognises her work in the family violence sector for creating awareness and advocacy for family violence prevention in the community through training delivery, workshops and harnessing the influence of prominent faith and cultural groups.
Her research engages with masculinity and domestic violence, examining customary law, pre-and post-migration experiences of South Sudanese families and how they adapt to the western rule of law in the diaspora. Akuch is the author of “South Sudanese Manhood and Family Crisis in the Diaspora” and her memoir “Unknown”. Among other boards, Akuch sits as an Editorial Board member for the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and is a frequent contributor for legal and political discussions about her community, youth and families and on matters concerning refugees and social justice. Akuch has worked with local government, in the family and domestic violence sector, youth justice and community service and development.
African Customary Law
Interpreting in Court Settings
Interpreting in Family Violence Matters
Child Protection & African Communities
Masculinity/African Men in the Diaspora
Refugee Young People in Schools
Belonging and Identity