Ms Helen Gibbon

Helen has taught in the fields of Criminology and Criminal Law since 2001, and at UNSW Law since 2010. She is Law’s Undergraduate Criminology Program Convenor. Her research interests include homicide law and prosecutions, plea negotiations, drug law reform, and legal education. She is a foundation member of the Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative (ADLaRI), UNSW Law.

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Journal articles

Trollip H; McNamara L; Gibbon H, 2019, 'The factors associated with the policing of offensive language: a qualitative study of three Sydney Local Area Commands', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 31, pp. 493 - 512,

Gibbon H; Steel A, 2019, 'Are we reading enough crime? Examining the content and depth of criminal law courses', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 44, pp. 151 - 158,

Mostyn B; Gibbon H, 2018, 'Transnational social movement theory and the waning war on drugs: Case studies from UNGASS 2016', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 51, pp. 148 - 155,

Weber L; McKernan H; Gibbon H, 2013, 'Trans-Tasman denizens: human rights and human (in)security among New Zealand citizens of Samoan origin in Australia', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 19, pp. 51 - 77,

Mostyn B; Gibbon H; Cowdery N, 2012, 'The Criminalisation of Drugs and the Search for Alternative Approaches', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 24, pp. 261 - 272,


McNamara L; Stubbs J; Gibbon H; Schwartz M; Steel A, 2019, Submission in response to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Consent in Relation to Sexual Assault

McNamara L; Stubbs J; Gibbon H; Schwartz M; Steel A; Fileborn B, 2019, Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission inquiry into consent in relation to sexual offences,

Gibbon H; Young C, 2015, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015” (16 April 2015)

Gibbon H; Mostyn B, 2013, Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative, “Submissions to Inquiry into the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes"

Stubbs J; Steel A; Gibbon H; Young C, 2013, Submission to the NSW Government on the Exposure Draft Bill Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2013, NSW Government

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (VCATE) for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2017)

UNSW Law School Learning and Teaching Award (2014)

2018 UNSW Law Learning & Teaching Grant ($7,373.80) awarded to Helen Gibbon & Alex Steel for ‘What criminal law is, and should be, taught in NSW law schools?’
2016 UNSW Law Learning & Teaching Grant ($2,200) awarded to Helen Gibbon & Ben Mostyn for 'Creating Engaging Learning Activities in Moodle using Images and Interactive Content'

Teaching Activity

  • Crime & the Criminal Process (LAWS1021)
  • Criminal Laws (LAWS1022)
  • Criminal Law and Justice 1 (CRIM2020)
  • Criminal Law and Justice 2 (CRIM2021)
  • Drug Law and Policy (JURD7527)
  • Drug Law and Policy (LAWS3427)
  • Issues in Drug Policy (CRIM3024)