Lorana Bartels holds BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of NSW and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education. Lorana is admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW.
Lorana is currently an Professor in the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra, where she was Head of School from 2016 to 2018. She was awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher in 2012 and 2013, Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in 2014 and 2016 and inaugural University of Canberra Distinction in Research Impact and Engagement Award in 2018. She also received the Women Lawyers ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year - Community and Academic Award for 2018 and was recently appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Lorana is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania. In 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology and Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge and is now a Life Member of Clare Hall.
Lorana previously held research and policy positions at the Family Court of Australia, the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the NSW Attorney-General’s Office, the NSW Public Defenders Office, Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Lorana has published widely on a range of criminal justice issues, especially sentencing and corrections, and the treatment of Indigenous people and women in the criminal justice system. She is or has been a member of the ACT Government's Justice Reform Strategy Advisory Group, Justice Reinvestment Advisory Group, Law Reform Advisory Council and Reducing Recidivism Advisory Group, as well as the ACT Law Society Criminal Law Committee. She was a member of the management committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology from 2008 to 2015.