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The Australian National University

Ms Mary Spiers Williams

B.A. (Hons) USyd; LLB (Hons) USyd; GradDipLegPrac
ANU College of Law
T: +61 2 6125 8527

Areas of expertise

  • Criminal Law And Procedure 180110
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law 180101
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Access To Justice 180102
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120

Research interests

Sociolegal studies (global perspectives on laws and societies), Criminal Law, Indigenous Law, Indigenous perspectives on State law, 'Culture' in legal discourse.


Mary is teaches criminal law and process, criminal justice, evidence, ethics and Indigenous people and the law.

She has taught criminal law and procedure and criminology, as well as sentencing, evidence, advocacy, and penology, evidence and ethics at the ANU and at other Australian universities.  

Prior to be becoming a full-time academic, Mary practiced in criminal law in NSW and the NT, was a senior policy officer in criminal law reform in NSW, facilitated law and justice projects with Warlpiri people and conducted community legal education in Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

Researcher's projects

Currently undertaking doctoral research into legal concepts of 'culture' and its impact on sentencing.

Available student projects

Criminal Law (including sentencing and criminal justice processes)


Access to Justice

Indigenous perspectives on State Law

Transnational law

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Updated:  22 January 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers