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Professor of Law, UNSW Sydney

Luke McNamara is Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, Faculty of Law, UNSW. His primary research fields are criminal law and criminal justice, and human rights law. He is involved in a national study of criminalisation as a public policy mechanism, and is also 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, Faculty of Law, UNSW
  • 2018–present
    Co-Director, Centre for Crime, Law and Justice


  • 2000 
    University of Wollongong, PhD