The University of Tasmania’s Jeremy Prichard has been appointed Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.
“I look forward to working closely with the Institute’s Board to serve Tasmanians through informed and impartial analysis of the law,” Associate Professor Prichard said.
Associate Professor Prichard has been a member of the Institute’s board since 2015 and Acting Director since August 2022.
The Criminal Law expert and University of Tasmania alumnus has recently led research into strategies for preventing cybercrime, in particular child sexual abuse material.
He previously worked on child protection policy for Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet and conducted research into drugs and crime at the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.
“I’m delighted to take on the role of TLRI Director, as the Institute enters an exciting new phase,” Associate Professor Prichard said.
“With renewed support from the University, the Attorney-General, and the Law Society, the Institute has a very promising future.
“The TLRI is based at the Law School and will continue to provide exciting opportunities for our best and brightest students to be ‘at the coal face’ of law reform.”
Interim Dean and Head of the School of Law, Professor Gino Dal Pont, welcomed the appointment.
“The University is confident that Jeremy’s collaborative, collegial and consultative approach, grounded in a strong and innovative research record, will serve the Institute well into the future,” Professor Dal Pont said.
The Institute was established in 2001 by the State Government, the University of Tasmania and the Law Society. Its role includes the review of laws with a view to their modernisation, simplification, improvement and uniformity with other States.
Jeremy Prichard will take the helm in January, when he will also assume the title Professor of Law.