Working in Indigenous justice: In conversation with Anthony Hopkins
Interested in working in the area of Indigenous justice or the justice system more widely? Join us for an in conversation with Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins. We will discuss Anthony’s new book, ‘Belonging: A Novel‘, and how to effectively work in the sector with integrity.
There will be opportunities to ask questions, so please prepare or improvise any concerning your interests.
Dr Anthony Hopkins
Dr Anthony Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law and Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, having joined the ANU in 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. He practiced as criminal defence barrister from 2010 until 2021 when he was appointed as a Special Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court, where he works with Elders in the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court. Anthony’s research is focused on colonialism, inequality and marginalisation as they shape, intersect with and are compounded by the criminal justice system. This work begins with recognising the importance of listening to and understanding the experiences of those caught in that system, and depends upon self-reflection and a willingness to recognise settler-colonial and other forms of privilege that shape dominant views of reality. Anthony has a particular focus on decarceration and reforms designed to reduce criminal justice system involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More recently he has focused on exploring the links between therapeutic jurisprudence, equality and compassion, where compassion is understood as the foundation that motivates and enables turning towards those who are caught in the criminal justice system and as a guiding principle for system redesign.