Emeritus Professor Tony Foley

ANU College of Law
T: 0419 262239

Areas of expertise

  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121
  • Access To Justice 180102
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators 130313

Research interests

Restorative Justice, Legal Profession, Legal Ethics, Criminal Justice Policy and Practice.

Researcher's projects

Leader, Transition to Legal Practice Project (with V Holmes, M Rowe, S Tang)

Available student projects

I am open to projects dealing with my research interests listed above.

Current student projects

PhD Helen Mc Gowan - Supervisor

Helen's work seeks to gain a better understanding of the professional culture of regional legal practices. Her empirical inquiry asks the question 'How do lawyers in small scale regional legal practice recognise and resolve conflicts of interest?'

Maria deFatima Vieira - Panel

Restorative justice and civil litigation: - Maria’s research considers questions such as - Can the principles and processes of restorative justice (RJ) be applied to torts and civil litigation arising out of claims in negligence or personal injury? Are shame and blameworthiness necessary components of any RJ conference? Can they be identified in a party that is a corporate entity?

Marianne Dickie, Doctor of Professional Studies, USQ - Panel

Online Community of Practice designed on Erauts' principles of a 'Supportive Workplace': a role in the formation of professional identity, perceived competence, confidence and connectedness in graduate migration agents working in sole practice? 

Past student projects


  • Samantha O'Donnell, Proceeding with Caution: The Inclusion of Domestic Violence Offences in The Crimes (Restorative Justice) Act 2004 (ACT) – (Honours Thesis 2016)
  • Alexandra Rose, Circle sentencing and the need to look beyondrecidivism for indicators of success – (Honours Thesis 2015) –awarded with Distinction
  • Cassandra Bennett, The feasibility of using Family Group Conferencing in family protectioncased in the NT – (Honours Thesis 2015) – awarded with High Distinction
  • Sarah Xin Yi Chua, Restorative Justice and juvenile indigenous offenders (Honours Thesis 2014) – awarded with High Distinction
  • Rebecca Petterson, An international comparison of Australia and China as the contractually designated place for private international arbitration of commercial disputes (Honours Thesis 2013) – awarded with High Distinction
  • Cathryn Stephens, A word of caution: Police cautioning as juvenile diversion and the need for regulation in the ACT (Honours Thesis 2011) – awarded with High Distinction
  • Chen Xu, ‘Which suits are suitable? An analysis of the use of mediation by the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal to resolve planning and environmental disputes’ (Honours Thesis 2008) – awarded with Distinction

Summer Scholars

  • Amy Dixon, ‘The extent to which court interpreters affect the outcomes of legal hearings', Summer Research Scholar. 2012-2013.
  • Sonia Ng, ‘The Applicability of Restorative Justice in Serious Criminal Offending – Should the State draw a line?, Summer Research Scholar. 2010-2011.


  • Stephen Tang, Lawyers transitioning to practice, On Being an Uncertain and Ignorant Lawyer: Embracing the unknown and unknowable in the practice of law (LLM Thesis 2011) –awarded with High Distinction 

 Research Interns

  • Kendall Wegener, Tracing and placing the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council
  • Erica Weatherly, Circle courts and the potential for expansion into care and protection in the ACT
  • Elizabeth Beard, The less visible crisis: an analysis of the rising incarceration rates of Australian Indigenous women


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