Arie Freiberg

Emeritus Prof

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1976 …2024

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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 and the Australian Academy of Law. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. 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 inaugural Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and served until October 2022. Between 2013 and 2021 he was  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. In 2020 he was appointed to the Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and in 2021 he was appointed as a member of Energy Safe Victoria's Future Trends Advisory Committee.

He has authored around 180 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, regulatory theory and trauma-informed regulation.

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Please see my most recently published books:

  • Parole on Probation: Parole Decision-making, Public Opinion and Public Confidence, Palgrave Macmillan 2023 (with Robin Fitzgerald, Shannon Dodd and Lorana Bartels).
  • Victims and Plea Negotiations: Overlooked and Unimpressed, 2021, Palgrave Macmillian, (with Asher Flynn).
  • Plea Negotiations: Pragmatic Justice in an Imperfect World, 2018, Palgrave Macmillian, (with Asher Flynn).
  • Regulation in Australia, 2017, The Federation Press.
  • Sentencing for Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts, 2016, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (with Hugh Donnelly and Karen Gelb).
  • Drug and Specialist Court Review, 2016, The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (with Jason Payne, Karen Gelb, Anthony Morgan and Toni Makkai).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • 30 Year Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Faith Gordon (Organiser), Rosemary Sheehan (Invited speaker), Judge Amanda Chambers (Invited speaker), Magistrate Jennifer Bowles (Invited speaker), John Tobin (Keynote/plenary speaker), Liana Buchanan (Keynote/plenary speaker), Indi Clarke (Invited speaker), Robyn Oxley (Invited speaker), Arie Freiberg (Session chair), Felicity Gerry (Invited speaker), Faith Gordon (Invited speaker), Anoushka Jeronimus (Invited speaker) & Nyayoud Jice (Invited speaker)

    20 Nov 2019

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