Sentencing theory & practice masterclass

Books and gavel on a desk
Thursday 12 October 2023, 9.30am–5pm
Friday 13 October 2023, 9.30am–5pm
370 Little Lonsdale Street, VIC, AU
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Sentencing of offenders is the dominant work of judicial officers in many jurisdictions and one of the most challenging aspects of their role. Sentencing is also a topic of great community concern.

In this masterclass we examine the theory and practice of sentencing, including:

  • the basis of sentencing law
  • the sanctions and orders that are available to courts, plus roles that are played by other parties
  • the role of victim in the sentencing process
  • the extent to which public and judicial views agree – are we really dealing with a punitive public wanting harsher penalties?
  • if there is tension between the principles of sentencing and the discretion of judges
  • current trends in sentencing theory and practice, and where we are going from here.

Gain the knowledge, context and skills to address questions crucial to the delivery of justice. Download the information flyer (PDF, 79.45 KB) and register now (see details below).

Who should attend?

Policymakers, defence lawyers, prosecutors, police, corrections officers and courts and tribunals staff who would benefit from:

  • working with Australia's leading expert on sentencing
  • exchanging knowledge and ideas with colleagues across the justice system
  • exploring the intersection of politics and justice in sentencing
  • gaining insight into a persistent, hot-button issue that affects court
  • management and community expectations.

Masterclass facilitator

This Masterclass is conducted by Professor Arie Freiberg AM, former Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council (Victoria and Tasmania) and Emeritus Professor at Monash University.

Arie has served as a consultant to the Federal, Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian governments on sentencing matters as well as to the Australian and South African Law Reform Commissions, and has published extensively on this topic.

Arie has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to law, particularly in the fields of criminology and reform related to sentencing, legal education and academic leadership.


The registration fee for the Masterclass is $1,250.00 (including GST).

Australian Legal Practitioners may be eligible to claim up to 10 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points (Professional Skills).

Register via email: [email protected] .


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