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Professor Mark Nolan is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with qualifications in law, honours and doctoral training in social psychology, and a Masters of Asia Pacific Studies majoring in Thai language.

Professor Nolan is a member of the Threats to Australian Domestic Security team, within the Contemporary Threats to Australian Security (CTAS) research group funded by the Charles Sturt University Sturt Scheme. The Domestic Security team is currently focused on collaborative research on the contemporary extreme right wing and anti-government milieus.

Prior to becoming Director of the Centre for Law and Justice at CSU in April 2020, Mark worked at the ANU College of Law, The Australian National University, Canberra since 2002. At ANU, Mark taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and researched criminal law and procedure, including codified Australian federal criminal law (such as counter-terrorism law, human trafficking, cybercrime, social security, and drug law), law and psychology, military discipline law (taught to Legal Officers in the ADF), Foundations of Australian Law, advocacy, and human rights law. Other research interests include citizenship law, social cohesion, human rights law, intergroup relations, stereotyping, prejudice, social justice theory, and sentencing law. Mark held a range of administrative positions at ANU including HDR Director, Associate Dean (Education), JD Director (including of an online JD), and Director of Postgraduate Programs.

Mark has also guest lectured into psychology and Asian studies programs, taught public servants (at the ANU National Security College), delivered continuing professional development courses to psychiatrists and psychologists, and, continuing legal education to lawyers. Mark has also taught law with law students to detainees in prison in Canberra; initially in a voluntary capacity for the Law Reform and Social Justice initiative at ANU then as a clinical course.

Mark was awarded life membership of the NJCA in 2020 in recognition of his role as a conference organiser and host since 2006 of conferences bringing together judicial officers, practitioners, academics, and other professionals including psychiatrists and psychologists. Other work undertaken for the NJCA has involved developing and delivering judicial education courses, hosting visiting judicial fellows, and editing the Commonwealth Sentencing Database (

Mark has made individual and joint submissions to parliamentary inquiries in the area of counter-terrorism law and federal criminal law and in 2017 was a co-author on a research report about memory of complainants of historical institutional child sexual abuse for the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: .

Mark has contributed to and/or hosted national and international research meetings on jury reform in Australia and Asia (especially the reforms in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan). 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 has also taught international students visiting ANU from University of Alabama (comparative counter-terrorism law and Survey of Australia Law courses) and from a range of Japanese law schools (in the regular ANU Canberra Seminar). Since 2004, Mark has also helped to host visitors from the Japanese court system via visitor programs with the Australian Network of Japanese Law as well as the Ministry of Justice in Japan. Mark has also hosted visits from the Supreme Court of Thailand and Indonesian Australia Awards recipients; including teaching visiting Indonesian investigators interviewing psychology together with Australian police officers.

Mark was the inaugural ACT Branch President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) 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 has served as Secretary and President Elect on the binational executive committee of ANZAPPL is currently the Editor-in Chief (April 2020-April 2023) of the ANZAPPL journal Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Upon appointment at CSU, Mark remained an Honorary Professor (adjunct) at the ANU College of Law:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Asian Studies, Master of Asia Pacific Studies

Award Date: 18 Dec 2013

Psychology, PhD, Construals of Human Rights Law: Protecting Subgroups as well as Individual Humans, Australian National University

Award Date: 29 Jun 2004

Law, LLB, Australian National University

Award Date: 16 Apr 1998

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Testing Between Resource-based and Fit-based Theories of Stereotyping: Challenging the Cognitive Miser Metaphor, Australian National University

Award Date: 23 Apr 1996


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