Ms Helen Gibbon

Ms Helen Gibbon

Senior Lecturer
Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

Helen has taught in the fields of Criminology and Criminal Law since 2001, and at UNSW Law & Justice since 2010. She is the Director of Undergraduate Studies (LLB). Her research interests include legal education, homicide law and prosecutions, plea negotiations, and drug law reform. She is a foundation member of the Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative (ADLaRI), UNSW Law & Justice.

+61 2 9385 8242
Room 350 The Law Building University of New South Wales UNSW Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 Australia (Access via Gate 2 off High Street)
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Gibbon H; Steel A, 2019, 'Are we reading enough crime? Examining the content and depth of criminal law courses', Alternative Law Journal, 44, pp. 151 - 158,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Trollip H; McNamara L; Gibbon H, 2019, 'The factors associated with the policing of offensive language: a qualitative study of three Sydney Local Area Commands', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31, pp. 493 - 512,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Mostyn B; Gibbon H, 2018, 'Transnational social movement theory and the waning war on drugs: Case studies from UNGASS 2016', International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, pp. 148 - 155,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Weber L; McKernan H; Gibbon H, 2013, 'Trans-Tasman denizens: human rights and human (in)security among New Zealand citizens of Samoan origin in Australia', Australian Journal of Human Rights, 19, pp. 51 - 77,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Mostyn B; Gibbon H; Cowdery N, 2012, 'The Criminalisation of Drugs and the Search for Alternative Approaches', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24, pp. 261 - 272,
  • Reports | 2019
    McNamara L; Stubbs J; Gibbon H; Schwartz M; Steel A; Fileborn B, 2019, Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission inquiry into consent in relation to sexual offences,
    Reports | 2019
    McNamara L; Stubbs J; Gibbon H; Schwartz M; Steel A, 2019, Submission in response to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Consent in Relation to Sexual Assault
    Reports | 2015
    Gibbon H; Young C, 2015, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015” (16 April 2015)
    Reports | 2013
    Gibbon H; Mostyn B, 2013, Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative, “Submissions to Inquiry into the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes"
    Reports | 2013
    Stubbs J; Steel A; Gibbon H; Young C, 2013, Submission to the NSW Government on the Exposure Draft Bill Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2013, NSW Government

2018 UNSW Law Learning & Teaching Grant ($7,373.80) awarded to Helen Gibbon & Alex Steel for ‘What criminal law is, and should be, taught in NSW law schools?’
2016 UNSW Law Learning & Teaching Grant ($2,200) awarded to Helen Gibbon & Ben Mostyn for 'Creating Engaging Learning Activities in Moodle using Images and Interactive Content'

Australian Law Awards, Finalist, Academic of the Year (2021)

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (VCATE) for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2017)

UNSW Law School Learning and Teaching Award (2014)

My Teaching

  • Crime & the Criminal Process (LAWS1021/JURD7121)
  • Criminal Laws (LAWS1022/JURD7122)
  • Drug Law and Policy (LAWS3427JURD7527)
  • Police Powers Clinic (LAWS3319/JURD7819)