Emeritus Professor Tony Foley

Emeritus Professor
ANU College of Law
T: 0419 262239

Areas of expertise

  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121

Research interests

Restorative Justice, Legal Profession, Legal Ethics.

Available student projects

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

Current student projects

Nilanka Goonetillake - panel member


Working conditions of junior lawyers in the legal profession: A case for collective efforts and regulation over noe-liberalism

Past student projects


Helen Mc Gowan, PhD - Supervisor

  • Helen's empirical inquiry asked the question 'How do lawyers in small scale regional legal practice recognise and resolve conflicts of interest?'

Marianne Dickie, Doctor of Professional Studies, USQ - Panel

  • Marianne's thesis examined an Online Community of Practice designed on Erauts' principles of a 'Supportive Workplace' and enquired into its role in the formation of professional identity.


  • 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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