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 and Head of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra, where she teaches Criminal Law and Procedure; Criminology; and Young People and Crime. She was awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher in 2012 and 2013 and Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in 2014. Lorana is also an Honorary Associate 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 a member of the ACT Government's Law Reform Advisory Council, Justice Reform Strategy Advisory Group, and Justice Reinvestment 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.