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 has received three awards for research excellence from the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor (2012, 2013 and 2018), as well as two awards from the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Government and Law (2014, 2016). In 2018, she received the Women Lawyers ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year - Community and Academic Award and was 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.