Professor Mark Nolan

BSc(hons), LLB. MAsPacSt, PhD (ANU) SFHEA
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law
T: 6125 8354

Areas of expertise

  • Psychological Methodology, Design And Analysis 170110
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Citizenship 160602
  • Social And Community Psychology 170113
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Police Administration, Procedures And Practice 160205
  • Criminal Law And Procedure 180110
  • Law And Society 180119
  • South East Asian Languages (Excl. Indonesian) 200314

Research interests

Legal psychology. Criminal law and procedure including codified Australian federal criminal law (such as counter-terrorism law and human trafficking) and military discipline law. Citizenship law, human rights law, intergroup relations, social justice theory, and sentencing law. Comparative criminal and constitutional law in South-East Asia (Thailand and Myanmar).


Associate Professor Mark Nolan is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with doctoral training in social psychology. He researches criminal law and procedure including codified Australian federal criminal law (such as counter-terrorism law and human trafficking) and military discipline law. He has also researched citizenship law, human rights law, intergroup relations, social justice theory, and sentencing law (via work with the National Judicial College of Australia).

Beyond producing two books, 11 journal articles and 7 book chapters, Mark has presented more than 60 research- based seminars over the past decade to university students in law and/or psychology, judges, psychologists, psychiatrists, policy makers and prisoners.

Mark has contributed to or hosted national and international research meetings on jury reform, focusing on jury law and policy in Australia, Japan and Korea.

Mark has completed staff research exchanges in Japan (Chuo University) and research training in Myanmar (University of Yangon), as well as delivering research presentations in Thailand (Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities). Mark holds a Masters of Asia Pacific Studies from the ANU, majoring in Thai language.

Mark was the inaugural ACT Branch President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law from 2012-2015. Since 2012 he has organised a program of research presentations and conferences for ANZAPPL (in 2015, jointly hosted by the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists). He is currently Secretary of the binational organisation ANZAPPL Inc and is an Ordinary Member on the Committee of ANZAPPL ACT.

Researcher's projects


Social Cohesion, Diversity and Integration project (4th placed cross-campus team of researchers from the 2018 Grand Challenges Bid funded as a start up project by the VC and various ANU Deans). The funding for a law component is committed is $150,000 over 3 years 2019-2021.

Narratives of Compassion in Sentencing (with A/Prof Anthony Hopkins, Prof Lorana Bartels, Dr Stephen Tang and Dr Shannon Buglar (research assistant)) $25 000 in 2019 ANU College of Law New Research Collaboration Grant for an experimental project on attitudes and reaction to compassionate approaches to writing sentencing remarks.

Past funded projects

Mark Nolan, Understanding the Link Between “Victim” and Perpetrator Status for Thai Women Convicted of Trafficking and Enslaving Thai Women in Australia (ANU College of Law Small Grant Scheme / ARC seeding Project, 2016, $3963.60)

Andrew Byrnes, Simon Bronitt, Miriam Gani, Russell Hogg, Penelope Mathew, Mark Nolan, and Gabriele Porretto,  Terrorism and the Non-State Actor After September 11: The Role of Law in the Search for SecurityDiscovery Project (DP0451473) Funded by the Australian Research Council 2004-2007, $180 000.
2004 : $60,000
2005 : $60,000
2006 : $60,000
Summary: September 11 elicited diverse legal responses to a perceived threat of unprecedented global terrorism. This project will redress the dearth of analysis integrating legal and social-scientific perspectives on recent anti-terrorism laws. Combining perspectives from international and criminal law, criminology and social psychology, the project will explore the challenges these developments pose to accepted legal categories; debates around exceptionalism as a justification for new laws; their unintended and collateral consequences; and public attitudes to new security measures. The research will enhance understanding of current reactions to terrorism and inform policy analysis and public debate over appropriate future responses.

Available student projects

Not available for Honours supervision in Law in Sem 1 2020.

Not currently available for PhD supervision in Law until further notice.

Current student projects

Current PhD students supervised:

Constitutional Rights under Thai Constitutions

Negligence and Military Offences in Australian Military Discipline Law

Sentencing and Culture When Sentencing Indigenous Australians

Official Visitors in the Japanese Correctional System

PhD theses supervised and currently under examination:


Current PhD panel memberships: (History/CASS)


Past student projects

(Co-)supervised PhD Students

Dr Alexandra Walker, The Global Collective Consciousness: Applying a Depth Psychology Framework to International Law (ANUCoL, Co-supervisor with Prof Kim Rubenstein) (thesis submitted)

Dr Abhichon Chandrasen, Enhancing the Deterrent Effect of Anti-Fraud Measures in Thai Securities Law and Compliance Procedures 

Dr Alexandra McEwan, The Concept of Violence: A Proposed Framework for the Study of Animal Protection Law and Policy  

PhD Panel Memberships

Dr Wendy Kukulies-Smith, Punishing Parents: A Study of Family Hardship in Australian Sentencing (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Simon Bronitt)

Dr Robin Gibson, Bridging the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality: Can the Law Enforce Quality Patient-Centred Care in Australia? (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by A/Prof Miriam Gani)

Dr Johannes-Krebs, The Right to a Fair Trial in the Context of Counter-Terrorism: The Use and Suppression of Sensitive Information in Australia and the United Kingdom (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Simon Bronitt)

Dr Carolyn Penfold, Contextualising Legal Education: The Case of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Michael Coper)

Dr Anne Imobersteg Harvey, Comparison of Counter-terrorism Law and Organised Crime Law: EU and Australia (Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Peter Handford):

Dr Melanie Blair, Euthanasia Law Reform in the UK (Faculty of Law, University of Newcastle, UK; Visiting PhD Scholar ANU College of Law, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Ashley Wilton) 

Dr Kath Hall, Psychological Jurisprudence and the Professional Regulation of Large-Firm Lawyer Dishonesty (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Stephen Bottomley)

Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Comparison of European and Australian Cross Border Law Enforcement Strategies. [PhD passed December 2010] by Saskia Hufnagel (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Simon Bronitt)

Dr Caroline Blink, Processes in Long-term Attitude Change in Relation to Reconciliation. [PhD conferred July 2011] (CMBE, Department of Psychology, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Craig McGarty/Dr Ken Mavor)

Dr  Léan O’Brien, Dynamic Justice: A Social Identity Perspective on the Context-Dependent Nature of Justice Principles. (PhD Conferred 2010) (CMBE, Departmet of Psychology, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by A/Prof Michael Platow)

Dr Antoinette Harmer, Assessment of Best Interests of the Child Under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) by Australian Forensic Psychologists (School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, PhD (Forensic Psychology) placement co-supervisor supporting a PhD panel chaired by Prof. Don Thomson (retired) and Prof Jane Goodman-Delahunty)

Dr Perri Timmins, Factors Influencing Judicial Officers’ Attitude Towards Using Sentencing Guidelines (PhD conferred Dec 2005) (ANUCoL, PhD Adviser on panel chaired by Prof Simon Bronitt)

Honours Supervisions in ANU College of Law and ANU Research School of Psychology

More than 40 supervisions.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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