Arie Freiberg

Emeritus Prof

1990 …2020
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LAW5362 Regulatory methods SEM2/T3

LAW5310 Sentencing SEM2/T3

LAW4306 Sentencing and sanctions SUM/T1


Arie Freiberg is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University. He 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.

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. In 2015 he consulted to the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts on sentencing issues and in 2016 he was a consultant to the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General on drug courts.

He has also consulted for a number of state government agencies and departments on regulatory reform.

In July 2004, he was appointed Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council. In February 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council of the the Judicial College of Victoria. Between 2017 and June 2018 was a member of  the Interim Advisory Board of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority.

He has around 170 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, environment protection and regulatory theory.

Related Links:

  • Please see my most recently published books:
  • Plea Negotiations: Pragmatic Justice in an Imperfect World, 2018, Palgrave Macmillian, (with Asher Flynn).
  •  Regulation in Australia, 2017, The Federation Press.
  • The Royal Commission has released a report prepared by Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Hugh Donnelly and Dr Karen Gelb that examines sentencing law and practice in Australia as it relates to institutional child sexual abuse. Sentencing for Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts
  • The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General has published a report prepared by Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Dr Jason Payne, Dr Karen Gelb, Mr Anthony Morgan and Emeritus Professor Toni Makkai, Drug and Speciaist Court Review


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Projects 2005 2017

Parole in crisis? Public opinion on the use of parole

Fitzgerald, R., Bartels, L., Cherney, A. & Freiberg, A.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

The Australasian Legal Scholarship Library: New content and sophistication for a world-leading legalscholarship repository and citator

Freiberg, A., Blakeney, M., Byrnes, A., Cane, P., Chan, J., Fitzgerald, B., Grantham, R., Greenleaf, G., Kenyon, A., McDonald, L., Mowbray, A., Rolph, D., Stuhmcke, A., Svantesson, D., Twomey, A. & Wells, A.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University


Project: Research

Research Output 1990 2020

Plea negotiations: an Australian perspective

Freiberg, A. & Flynn, A., 2020, Handbook on Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century. Spohn, C. & Brennan, P. K. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 153-167 15 p. (The ASC Division on Corrections & Sentencing Hanbook Series; vol. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

General duties as regulatory tools in environmental protection: principles, practice, problems

Freiberg, A., 2019, In : Environmental and Planning Law Journal. 36, 1, p. 40-56 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Prosecution appeals against sentence

Freiberg, A., Jul 2019, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Pontell, H. N. (ed.). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Suspended Sentences in Australia: uncertain, unstable, unpopular, and unnecessary?

Freiberg, A., 2019, In : Law and Contemporary Problems. 82, 1, p. 81-109 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Why sentence? Comparing the views of jurors, judges and the legislature on the purposes of sentencing in Victoria, Australia

Warner, K., Davis, J., Spiranovic, C., Cockburn, H. & Freiberg, A., 1 Feb 2019, In : Criminology and Criminal Justice. 19, 1, p. 26-44 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review