Professor Cunneen has an international reputation as a leading criminologist specialising in Indigenous people and the law, juvenile justice, restorative justice, policing, prison issues and human rights.

Chris has participated with a number of Australian Royal Commissions and Inquiries (including the Stolen Generations Inquiry, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into Racist Violence), and with the federal Australian Human Rights Commission. He taught criminology at Sydney Law School (1990-2005) where he was appointed as Professor in 2004. He was also the Director of the Institute of Criminology (1999-2005) at the University of Sydney.

Professor Cunneen has held research positions with the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Between 2006 and 2010 he was the NewSouth Global Chair in Criminology at UNSW and continues as a Conjoint Professor at UNSW Law Faculty.

  • criminology
  • social science and law
  • Australian prisons and the growth in imprisonment
  • juvenile justice
  • restorative justice
  • the relationship of Indigenous people to dominant legal systems both in Australia and internationally
  • human rights and social justice.
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  • The American Society of Criminology
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • The Indian Association for Australian Studies
  • Editorial Board, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • Member of the New South Wales Attorney-Generals’ Taskforce on Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Communities (2002-2006)
  • Editorial Board, Youth Studies
  • Editorial Board, Crime Media Culture
  • Editorial Board, The Australian Indigenous Law Review
  • Chairperson of the NSW Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (2000-2007)
  • Editorial Board, Current Issues in Criminal Justice

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