We are pleased to announce two new additions to the Criminal Law Journal team. Beginning with Issue 40(3) of the Journal, we warmly welcome criminal law expert Professor Luke McNamara as the State Editor for New South Wales and Christoph Liedermann as the Section Editor for the Digest of Criminal Law Cases.
Professor Luke McNamara is a professor of law at the University of New South Wales. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of criminal law, criminalisation and human rights. He has provided expert advice to the Legislation Review Committee of the NSW State Parliament, as well as the NSW Law Reform Commission. Previous research of Professor McNamara’s has examined the impact of the criminal law on Indigenous communities, public policy in regard to “hate speech”, and how domestic frameworks for the protection of human rights impact criminal law public policy in Australia. He completed his legal degree at the University of New South Wales, has a Masters degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a PhD from the University of Wollongong.
As the State Editor for New South Wales, Professor McNamara will be assisting in matters of NSW criminal law, refereeing articles and lending his expert guidance to the Journal.
Christoph Liedermann is a barrister at Chalfont Chambers, Sydney, who practices in criminal law, family law, wills and probate. However, he maintains an avid interest in other areas, including commercial and personal injury law. He has contributed to a number of publications on subjects including the police consorting provisions, the interpretation of wills, and probate procedure. Christoph graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Applied Finance.
Christoph will be writing our popular “Digest of Criminal Law Cases” section of the Journal, which provides a quick and succinct bimonthly summary of important recent developments in the area of criminal law. With cases selected for their importance and relevance by Stephen Odgers SC, the section is perfect for a busy practitioner wishing to keep up to date with developments in the law.
Also joining the board of state and territory editors is Associate Professor Lorana Bartels of the University of Canberra. As the Territory Editor for the Australian Capital Territory, Dr Bartels will be assisting the Journal in matters of ACT criminal law. She will also continue serving in her role as Sentencing Editor for the Journal (taking on the role after Her Excellency Professor the Hon Kate Warner AM was appointed Governor of Tasmania in December 2014).
Welcome to all of our new editors! We wish Luke, Christoph and Lorana all the best as they take on their new positions.