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Publications by Professor Luke McNamara

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Books and Monographs

D Brown, D Farrier, L McNamara, A Steel, M Grewcock, J Quilter & M Schwartz, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales (Sydney: Federation Press, 6th edition, 2015)

L McNamara, Human Rights Controversies: The Impact of Legal Form (Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2007)

L McNamara, Regulating Racism: Racial Vilification Laws in Australia (Sydney: Institute of Criminology Monograph Series No 16, 2002)

L McNamara, Aboriginal Peoples, the Administration of Justice and the Autonomy Agenda: An Assessment of the Status of Criminal Justice Reform in Canada With Reference to the Prairie Region (Winnipeg: Legal Research Institute, University of Manitoba, 1993)

L McNamara, Aboriginal Human Rights, the Criminal Justice System and the Search for Solutions: A Case for Self-Determination. Discussion Paper No. 19 (Darwin: North Australia Research Unit, Australian National University, 1993)


Book Chapters

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘The impact of section 18C and other civil anti-vilification laws in Australia’ in Australian Human Rights Commission, Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: papers from the 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act Conference (Sydney: AHRC, 2015), pp 156-167

L McNamara, ‘Criminalisation Research in Australia: Building a foundation for normative theorising and principled law reform’ in T Crofts & A Loughnan (eds), Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia (Melbourne: Oxford UP, 2015), pp 33-51

L McNamara, ‘“Legal Form” and the Purchase of Human Rights Discourse in Domestic Policy-making: The Achievement of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada’ in G Verschraegen & M Madsen (eds), Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2013), pp 247-65

L McNamara, ‘Does a Bill of Rights Matter?’ in K Gelber & A Stone (eds), Hate Speech and Freedom of Speech in Australia (Sydney: Federation Press, 2007), pp 194-216


Refereed Journal Articles

J Quilter & L McNamara, ‘The Meaning of "Intoxication" in Australian Criminal Cases: Origins and Operation’ (2018) 21(1) New Criminal Law Review 170-207

J Quilter and L McNamara, '"Zero Tolerance" Drug Driving Laws in Australia: A Gap Between Rationale and Form?’ (2017) 6(3) International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 47-71

L McNamara, J Quilter K Seear & R Room, ‘Evidence of Intoxication in Australian Criminal Courts: A Complex Variable with Multiple Effects’ (2017) 43(1) Monash University Law Review 148-94

J Quilter, L McNamara, K Seear & R Room, ‘Criminal Law and the Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs: A National Study of the Significance of "Intoxication" Under Australian Legislation’ (2016) 39(3) UNSWLJ 913-949

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘The "Bikie Effect" and other Forms of Demonisation: the Origins and Effects of Hyper-criminalisation’ (2016) 34(2) Law in Context 5-35

J Quilter, L McNamara, K Seear & R Room, ‘The Definition and Significance of “Intoxication” in Australian Criminal Law: A Case Study of Queensland’s “Safe Night Out” Legislation’ (2016) 16(2) QUT Law Review 42-58

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘Anti-vilification Laws and Public Racism in Australia: mapping the gaps between the harms occasioned and the remedies provided’ (2016) 39(2) UNSWLJ 488-511

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Street Music and the Law: Busker Perspectives on the Impact of Local Council Rules and Regulations’ (2016) 35(2) Journal of Musicological Research 113-127

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘Evidencing the Harms of Hate Speech’ (2016) 22(3) Social Identities 324-341

J Quilter & L McNamara, ‘“Long may the buskers carry on busking”: Street Music and the Law in Melbourne and Sydney’ (2015) 39(2) Melbourne University Law Review 539-591

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Institutional Influences on the Parameters of Criminalisation: Parliamentary Scrutiny of Criminal Law Bills in New South Wales’ (2015) 27(1) Current Issues in Criminal Justice 21-39 

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Public Intoxication in NSW: The Contours of Criminalisation’ (2015) 37(1) Sydney Law Review 1-35

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘What is the effect of civil hate speech laws? Lessons from Australia’ (2015) 49(3) Law and Society Review 631-664

L McNamara, ‘A Judicial Contribution to Overcriminalisation?: Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise Liability for Murder’ (2014) 38 Criminal Law Journal 104-117

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Turning the Spotlight on “Offensiveness” as a Basis for Criminal Liability’ (2014) 39(1) Alternative Law Journal 36-39

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘Private litigation to address a public wrong: a study of Australia’s regulatory response to “hate speech”’ (2014) 33 Civil Justice Quarterly 307-334

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘Changes in the expression of prejudice in public discourse in Australia: assessing the impact of hate speech laws on letters to the editor 1992–2010’ (2014) 20 Australian Journal of Human Rights 99-128

J Quilter & L McNamara, ‘Time to Define “the Cornerstone of Public Order Legislation”: The Elements of Offensive Conduct and Language Under the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW)’ (2013) 36(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal 534-562

K Gelber & L McNamara, ‘Freedom of Speech and Racial Vilification in Australia: “The Bolt Case” in Public Discourse’ (2013) 48(4) Australian Journal of Political Science 470-484

A Durbach, L McNamara, S Rice & M Rix, ‘Making the case for public interest litigation in Australia’ (2013) 38(4) Alternative Law Journal 219-223

S Arzey & L McNamara, ‘Invoking International Human Rights Law in a “Rights-Free Zone”: Indigenous Justice Campaigns in Australia’ (2011) 33 Human Rights Quarterly 733-766

L McNamara, ‘Negotiating the Contours of Unlawful Hate Speech: Regulation Under Provincial Human Rights Laws in Canada’ (2005) 38(1) University of British Columbia Law Review 1-82

L McNamara, ‘Indigenous Community Participation in the Sentencing of Criminal Offenders: Circle Sentencing’ (2000) 5(4) Indigenous Law Bulletin 5-10

L McNamara, ‘Appellate Court Scrutiny of Circle Sentencing’ (2000) 27(2) Manitoba Law Journal 209-240

L McNamara, ‘The Locus of Decision-making Authority in Circle Sentencing: The Significance of Criteria and Guidelines’ (2000) XVIII Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 60-114

L McNamara & S Grattan, ‘The Common Law Construct of Native Title: A “Re-Feudalisation” of Australian Land Law’ (1999) 8(1) Griffith Law Review 50-85

L McNamara & S Grattan, ‘The Recognition of Indigenous Land Rights as “Native Title”: Continuity and Transformation’ (1999) 3(2) Flinders Journal of Law Reform 137-162

L McNamara, ‘A Profile of Racial Vilification Complaints Lodged with the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board’ (1997) 2 (4) International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 349-78

L McNamara and T Solomon, ‘The Commonwealth Racial Hatred Act 1995: Achievement or Disappointment?’ (1996) 18(2) Adelaide Law Review 259-288

L McNamara, ‘Confronting the Reality of Hate Speech’ (1995) 20(5) Alternative Law Journal 231-34

L McNamara, ‘The Merits of Racial Hatred Laws: Beyond Free Speech’ (1995) 4 Griffith Law Review 29-59

L McNamara, ‘Criminalising Racial Hatred: Learning From the Canadian Experience’ (1994) 1 Australian Journal of Human Rights 198-210

L McNamara, ‘Aboriginal Self-Government and Justice Reform in Canada: The Impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ (1993) 11(1&2) Australian-Canadian Studies 43-75

L McNamara, ‘Aboriginal Human Rights and the Australian Criminal Justice System: Self-Determination As a Solution?’ (1992) 21(1) Manitoba Law Journal 544-617

L McNamara, ‘The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba: A Fresh Approach to the “Problem” of Over-Representation in the Criminal Justice System’ (1992) 21(1) Manitoba Law Journal 47-79

L McNamara, ‘Retrieving the Law and Order Issue From the Right: Alternative Strategies and Community Crime Prevention’ (1992) 10(1) Law in Context 91-108



L McNamara, 'Editorial: In Search of Principles and Processes for Sound Criminal Law-Making' (2017) 41 Criminal Law Journal 3-6

K Gelber and L McNamara, Submission to Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Inquiry into Free Speech in Australia’ (24 November 2016)

K Gelber and L McNamara, ‘Change Section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first’, The Conversation, 15 November 2016

L McNamara, ‘Section 18C is an important part of a civilised society and no threat to free speech The Conversation, 14 September 2016

L McNamara, ‘Explainer: What is section 18C and why do some politicians want it changed?’, The Conversation, 1 September 2016

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Buskers enrich our streets and laws don’t have to hinder – they can help’ The Conversation, 14 April 2016

L McNamara & J Quilter, ‘Greater police powers and penalties risk eroding civil liberties in NSW for “public safety”’, The Conversation, 8 April 2016

J Quilter & L McNamara, Submission to the ‘Independent Review of the Impact of Liquor Law Reforms’ (the Hon Ian Callinan AC) (4 April 2016)

J Quilter & L McNamara, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee ‘Inquiry into the need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence’ (30 March 2016)

J Quilter, K Seear, L McNamara & R Room, ‘New National Study Examines Intoxication in Criminal Law’, Law Society Journal, September 2015, pp 76-7

K Seear, J Quilter, L McNamara & R Room, ‘Quick fixes aren't the answer, alcohol and violence have a complex relationship’, The Conversation, 18 August 2015,

J Quilter, L McNamara, K Seear & R Room, Submission to the NSW Sentencing Council on ‘Alcohol and Drug Fuelled Violence’ (20 April 2015)

L McNamara, ‘Careful who you chat with: it could turn you into a criminal’, The Conversation, 14 October 2014,

K Gelber and L McNamara, ‘Explainer: how do Australia’s laws on hate speech work in practice?’, The Conversation, 9 May 2014,

K Gelber & L McNamara, Submission to the Australian Government’s Public Consultation on the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S. 18C) Bill 2014 (15 April 2014)

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