Arie Freiberg was Dean of the Faculty Law at Monash University between 2004 and 2012. Before this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2003. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Criminology at the University of Melbourne in January 1991 where he served as Head of the Department of Criminology between January 1992 and June 2002. In 2013 he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of the University.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne with an honours degree in Law and a Diploma in Criminology in 1972 and holds a Master of Laws degree from Monash University. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Melbourne in 2001 and is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Law and holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Between 1996 and 1998, he was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. In 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to law, particularly in the fields of criminology and reform related to sentencing, legal education and academic leadership.
His particular areas of expertise are sentencing, non-adversarial justice and regulation. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2014) and Tel Aviv University (2008) and has served as a consultant to the Federal, Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian governments on sentencing matters as well as the Australian and South African Law Reform Commissions. He has also consulted for a number of state government agencies and departments on regulatory reform.
In 2002, he completed a major review of sentencing for the Victorian Attorney-General published as Pathways to Justice (Department of Justice, 2002). In July 2004, he was appointed Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and in February 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.
He has around 130 publications in areas such as sentencing, confiscation of proceeds of crime, tax compliance, corporate crime, juries, juvenile justice, sanctions, victimology, superannuation fraud, trust in criminal justice, commercial confidentiality in corrections, dangerous offenders, the role of emotion in criminal justice and public policy, drug courts, problem-oriented courts, non-adversarial justice and regulatory theory.
Member of the Order of Australia; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.