Professor Andreas Schloenhardt


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Andreas Schloenhardt is Professor of Criminal Law in the School of Law at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and Professorial Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He serves as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Bangkok, Islamabad, and Vienna and to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Professor Schloenhardt is a Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich (since 2014) and the University of St Gallen, Switzerland (since 2013).

Professor Schloenhardt holds a PhD in Law from The University of Adelaide. Prior to his position at The University of Queensland, he was a lecturer at The University of Adelaide Law School. He completed his first law degree at the University of Augsburg, Germany and holds the Erstes Staatsexmanen from the Ministry of Justice in Munich, Germany.

Professor Schloenhardt’s principal areas of research include criminal law, organised crime, migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons, narco-trafficking, terrorism, criminology, and immigration and refugee law. He is the author of many books and journal articles and his work is frequently cited by other scholars, in government reports, and judicial decisions, including the High Court of Australia. His recent work focuses on organised crime legislation and international efforts to prevent and suppress migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons. Professor Schloenhardt is a frequent commentator on national television, radio, and in newspapers. At The University of Queensland, Professor Schloenhardt coordinates the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Working Groups.

Professor Schloenhardt has held adjunct appointments and visiting professorships at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (2016 and 2013), the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (2011), The University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2007–09), and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA (2006–09). In 2011-12, Professor Schloenhardt was a recipient of a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Professor Schloenhardt is a member of the Austrian Society of Criminal Law and Criminology and he has worked extensively with the Australian Federal Police, Singapore Police Force, and a range of law enforcement agencies across Asia and North America. He has been a member of Australian Government delegations to the United Nations and works closely with a range of government agencies and international organisations.

Research Interests

  • Smuggling of migrants
    The topic of migrant smuggling—or people smuggling as it is sometimes referred to—is a prominent and contentious issue around the world. It involves the procurement, in order to obtain, directly or indirectly, a financial or other material benefit, of the illegal entry of a person into a country of which the person is not a national or a permanent residence. The UQ Migrant Smuggling Working Group, led by Professor Andreas Schloenhardt, exposes and analyses the reality of and responses to migrant smuggling in a range of jurisdictions and continuously monitors national and international developments. The Group brings together a team of experts, students, and staff from The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the School of Political Science & International Studies and from the University of Vienna, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. See further
  • Trafficking in persons
    In March 2008, the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland (UQ) set up the Human Trafficking Working Group to provide comprehensive and continuing analysis of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Australia. This research initiative, led by Professor Andreas Schloenhardt, identifies and analyses reported and suspected instances of trafficking in persons in Australia in all its forms, including trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced and servile marriage, labour trafficking, child trafficking, and trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. The Working Group documents and examines the evolution and operation of international and domestic law in this field and critically evaluates the Australian Government’s response to trafficking in persons.
  • Organised Crime
  • Immigration and Refugee Law

Research Impacts

Professor Andreas Schloenhardt research work has shaped international and domestic laws and policies relating to organised crime, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, and other areas of criminal law. He has been instrumental in developing interpretative tools, assessment guides, and best practice guidelines on these and other topics. This includes, inter alia, the Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, the Assessment Guide for the Criminal Justice Response to Smuggling of Migrants, and the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytical Toolkit. Professor Schloenhardt has developed a range of model laws for the United Nations and several Member States and worked closely with Australian government agencies in the development and critical review of anti-organised crime legislation. His work has been cited in judicial decisions, including by the High Court of Australia, and he is frequent commentator in the Austrian, Australian, and Swiss news media.


  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Adelaide
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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