Professor of Law, UNSW

Luke McNamara is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW. His primary research fields are criminal law and criminal justice, and human rights law. He is currently researching the impact of criminal law, policing and local government laws on the use of public spaces, focusing on the history and operation of laws concerned with offensive language/behaviour, public intoxication, consorting and busking. He recently completed (in collaboration with Professor Kath Gelber, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland) an ARC Discovery Project funded study of the impact of hate speech laws on public discourse in Australia.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, UNSW Law


  • 2000 
    University of Wollongong, PhD