Emeritus Professor David Brown
Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor David Brown

Academic Qualifications:

• LLB (Hons.) Auckland University 1971

• Dip. Crim. University of Cambridge 1973

• LLD Auckland University 2010



  • 2015 July –December Visiting Scholar, Queen Mary College, University of London.
  • 2013-2015 Appointed one of two Academic Panel members to scrutinise grant applications for the Criminology Research Council grants scheme.
  • 2012-2013 Appointed .5 fractional Research Professor, School of Justice, QUT.
  • 2012 Adjunct Professor, School of Justice, QUT.
  • 2011-2012 Appointed Part Time NSW Law Reform Commissioner.
  • 2010 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
  • 2009 July-December Visiting Scholar, Centre for Criminology, Oxford University.
  • 2009 July–December Visiting Scholar Wolfson College, Oxford.
  • 2008 Emeritus Professor, UNSW.
  • 2004 UNSW Universitas Research Fellow.
  • 2002 –present Chair, Lionel Murphy Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • 1997 Professor, Law Faculty, University of NSW.
  • 1996 March -May, Inaugural Visiting Fellow, Law Faculty, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
  • 1990 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of NSW.
  • 1981 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.
  • 1979 Visiting Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Papua New Guinea.
  • 1974 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.
  • 1973 Research Assistant, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, U.K.
  • 1971 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.
  • 1971 Employed Haigh Charters, Barrister and Solicitors, Auckland, New Zealand.


Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

David Brown is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. For further information please see his Faculty profile.


Emeritus Professor David Brown taught Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Crime Prevention, Community Corrections and Penology courses at the University of NSW in Sydney from 1974 to 2008. He is a co-author of the major and innovative Criminal Laws (1990), (2nd edn 1996), (3rd edn 2001) (4th edn 2006) (5th edn 2011) (6th edn 2015) which has become the leading student teaching text in criminal law in universities in  NSW. He is very widely published across the broad areas of criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and penology, both in Australia and internationally. He has co-authored or co-edited 14 books; published  41 chapters in books, and 145 articles in journals and in conference proceedings published; given over 178 conference papers or public addresses all over the world; and is a regular media commentator on criminal justice issues.


362 Law Building
  • Journal articles | 2018
    McNamara L; Quilter J; Hogg R; Douglas H; Loughnan A; Brown D, 2018, 'Theorising Criminalisation: The Value of a Modalities Approach', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, pp. 91 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i3.511

External Research Funding


  • Australian Research Council (ARC) ) Community Sanctions in Australian Criminal Justice, (Group of 5) 2018-2020, $230,000
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Justice Reinvestment Project (Group of 4) 2013-2015, $235,000
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Youth Punishment Project (Group of 5) 2013-2016, $429,000
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Prison Project (Group of 5) 2008-2011, $560,000.
  • ARC Victimisation Survey (Group of 4) 1990-1992, $85,000
  • Criminology Research Council, Prison Informers Project 1991 (sole) $25,000.

Current research in criminalisation; justice reinvestment; criminal law; community sanctions; mass incarceration; criminology and penology.