Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins

BA (UOW) LLB (QUT)(Hons) PhD (Canberra); Barrister (ACT)
ANU College of Law

Research interests

  • Criminal Law
  • Sentencing
  • Evidence Law
  • Advocacy
  • Indigenous Australians and the Law
  • Equality and Access to Justice
  • Legal Education


Dr Anthony Hopkins is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Clinical and Internship Courses at the ANU Law School, having joined ANU is 2015. In 2018, Anthony received a Vice-Chancellor's citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in recognition of his innovative teaching approaches designed to take students as close as possible to the coalface of legal practice. Anthony began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. After taking time off to raise children, Anthony returned to the law as a lecturer at the University of Canberra, before being called to the bar in 2010. He continues to practice as a barrister with a focus on sentencing and appellate criminal cases. Anthony's research, and his work in legal policy, is focused on reforms to the criminal justice system that promote equality and reduce incarceration. He has a particular focus on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system. Most recently Anthony has focused on exploring the links between equality and compassion, where compassion is understood as the foundation that enables turning towards those who are caught in the criminal justice system, and towards actors in that system who are liable to burnout. This research is supported and influenced by Anthony's continuing mindfulness meditation practice. 


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