About Professor Arlie Loughnan

I am excited about criminal law, history and theory and keen to explore interdisciplinary approaches to topics such as criminal responsibility, criminalisation, mental incapacity in criminal law and criminal knowledge practices.

Professor Loughnan is a full-time researcher in criminal law with particular interest in socio-historical approaches to the study of criminal law principles and practices.

Professor Arlie Loughnan joined the Faculty in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons 1 LLB Hons 1), New York University Law School (LLM) and London School of Economics (PhD).

Arlie's research concerns criminal law and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the relationship between legal doctrines, practices, institutions and knowledge. Her particular interests are constructions of criminal responsibility and non-responsibility, the interaction of legal and expert medical knowledges and the historical development of the criminal law.

Arlie is the author of Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in Criminal Law (OUP, 2012).  Current project includes a co-authored text (with Mark Findlay and Thalia Anthony), Criminal Law and Process: Contexts and Problems (OUP, forthcoming).

Arlie's interest in criminal law theory continues doctoral work undertaken in the UK. Arlie completed a PhD in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Arlie's doctoral thesis developed an interpretive analysis of mental incapacity defences in criminal law. At the LSE, Arlie taught Criminal Law and coordinated the Criminal Law Theory and Social Theory Group. 

Arlie is a member of the Institute of Criminology and the Editor of the Institute's journal, Current Issues in Criminal Justice (with Dr Murray Lee). She has been a member of the NSW Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee since 2009. In 2010-11, she is the Academic Member of the NSW Bar’s Professional Conduct Committee (No. 2) (with Dr R. Shackel). In 2010, Arlie served as a member of the Panel of Expert Advisors for the NSW Law Reform Commission reference on Complicity.

In 2010-11, Arlie is the Secretary of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA). She is also a member of the Faculty’s Australian Law Teachers’ Association (ALTA) Organising Committee for the 2012 Conference.

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