Honorary Professor Simon Bronitt

Honorary Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Simon Bronitt is the Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School at The University of Sydney. Simon was a Professor in the UQ Law School for five years and served as Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean (Research) from June 2014 to 2018. He previously served as the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, hosted by Griffith University (2009-2014).

Before moving to Queensland in 2009, Professor Bronitt was a member of the College of Law at The Australian National University (1991-2009). During that time he served as Sub Dean in 1997-98, and was promoted to Professor in 2005. During his time at ANU, he held a number of research leadership roles, including Director of the National Europe Centre an EU-funded centre - in the Research School of Humanities (2003-2008) and Director of the Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice, ANU (2009).

Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, he has published widely on criminal justice topics ranging across terrorism law and human rights, comparative criminal law, covert policing, family violence, and mental health policing. His key publications include two textbooks, Principles of Criminal Law (4th ed, Thomson Reuters 2017) and Law in Context (4th ed, Federation Press, 2012).

Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Human Rights Law
  • Policing
  • Law and History


  • Master of Law, University of Cambridge


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Punter, Helen and Bronitt, Simon (2019). New paradigms of policing mental illness in Australia: the future of ‘mental health street-sweeping’. Policing and Mental Health: Theory, Policy and Practice. (pp. 59-82) edited by John L.M. McDaniel, Kate Moss and Ken G. Pease. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429470882-5

  • Bronitt, Simon (2019). Relocating bribery: facilitation payments as a crime against the market?. Transnational crime: European and Chinese perspectives. (pp. 155-170) edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas, Saskia Hufnagel, Anton Moiseienko, Shi Yanan and Liu Mingxiang. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351026826-10

  • Bronitt, Simon (2018). Deferred prosecution agreements: negotiating punishment before conviction?. The evolving role of the prosecutor: challenges and innovations. (pp. 45-59) edited by Victoria Colvin and Philip Stenning. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429467547-4

  • Bronitt, Simon (2017). Is criminal law reform a lost cause?. New directions for law in Australia: essays in contemporary law reform. (pp. 133-142) edited by Ron Levy, Molly O’Brien, Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge and Margaret Thornton. Canberra, ACT Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/NDLA.09.2017

  • Bronitt, Simon (2017). Regulatory bargaining in the shadows of preventive justice: deferred prosecution agreements. Regulating preventive justice: principle, policy and paradox. (pp. 211-227) edited by Tamara Tulich, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Simon Bronitt and Sarah Murray. New York: Routledge.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2016). New regulatory paradigms for preventing institutional child sexual abuse: lessons from corporate crime and white-collar criminals. The sexual abuse of children: recognition and redress. (pp. 178-192) edited by Yorick Smaal, Andy Kaladelfos and Mark Finnane. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2015). Counter-terrorism law in Australia: new paradigms in criminal law. Toward scientific criminal law theories. (pp. 620-630) edited by Zhao Binzhi. Beijing, China: Law Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon, Legrand, Tim and Stewart, Mark (2015). Evidence of the Impact of Counter-terrorism Legislation. Routledge handbook of law and terrorism. (pp. 297-312) edited by Genevieve Lennon and Clive Walker. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Misra, Ashutosh (2015). Use of lethal force and military aid to civil power in India and Australia: sharing lessons in counter terrorism. Emerging strategic trends in Asia. (pp. 265-282) edited by Uttam Kumar Sinha. New Delhi, India: Pentagon Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2013). Beyond 'dialogues of the deaf': re-imagining policing and security research for policy and practice. Disciplining interdisciplinarity-integration and implementation sciences for researching complex real-world problems. (pp. 381-388) edited by Gabriele Bammer. Canberra , Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Donkin, Susan and Bronitt, Simon (2013). Critical perspectives on the evaluation of counter-terrorism strategies: counting costs of the ‘war on terror’ in Australia. Counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law: crossing legal boundaries in defence of the state. (pp. 169-188) edited by Aniceto Masferrer and Clive Walker. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781781954478.00016

  • Bronitt, Simon and Gath, Jane (2013). Legal myth busting and frontline mental health decision making. Policing and the mentally ill: international perspectives. (pp. 235-246) edited by Duncan Chappell. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Donkin, Susan (2012). Australian responses to 9/11: new world legal hybrids?. Post 9/11 and the state of permanent legal emergency: security and humanrights in countering terrorism. (pp. 223-239) edited by Aniceto Masferrer. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-4062-4_10

  • Legrand, Timothy and Bronitt, Simon (2012). Policing to a different beat: measuring police performance. Policing and security in practice: challenges and achievements. (pp. 1-19) edited by Tim Prenzler. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137007780_1

  • Bronitt, Simon and Gani, Miriam (2012). Regulating reasonable force: policing in the shadows of the law. Shooting to kill: socio-legal perspectives on the use of lethal force. (pp. 143-170) edited by Simon Bronitt, Miriam Gani and Saskia Hufnagel. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2012). Shifting paradigms: jurisdiction and criminal justice cooperation in the shadow of the law. Cross-border law enforcement. Regional law enforcement cooperation: European, Australian and Asia-Pacific perspectives. (pp. 275-284) edited by Simon Bronitt, Clive Harfield and Saskia Hufnagel. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2011). The common law and human dignity. The German constitution turns 60: basic law and commonwealth constitution – German and Australian perspectives. (pp. 77-88) edited by Jurgen Brohmer. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Gani, Miriam (2009). Criminal codes in the 21st century: the paradox of the liberal promise. Regulating deviance: the redirection of criminalisation and the futures of criminal law. (pp. 235-260) edited by Bernadette McSherry, Alan Norrie and Simon Bronitt. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2009). Visions of a multicultural criminal law: an Australian perspective. Multicultural jurisprudence: comparative perspectives on the cultural defense. (pp. 121-144) edited by Marie-Claire Foblets and Alison Dundes Renteln. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2008). Balancing liberty and security: critical perspectives on terrorism law reform. Fresh perspectives on the 'war on terror'. (pp. 65-84) edited by Miriam Gani and Penelope Mathew. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/fpwt.07.2008.05

  • Bronitt, Simon (2008). Entrapment. The new Oxford companion to law. (pp. 381-382) edited by Peter Cane and Joanne Conaghan. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Holloway, Ian, Bronitt, Simon and Williams, John (2008). Rhetoric, reason and the rule of law in early colonial New South Wales. The grand experiment: law and legal culture in British settler societies. (pp. 78-100) edited by Hamar Foster, Benjamin L. Berger and A. R. Buck. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2007). Hate speech, sedition and the war on terror. Hate Speech and Freedom of Speech in Australia. (pp. 129-144) edited by Katharine Gelber and Adrienne Stone. Annandale, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Jones, Judith and Bronitt, Simon (2006). The burden and standard of proof in environmental regulation: the precautionary principle in an Australian administrative context. Implementing the precautionary principle : perspectives and prospects. (pp. 137-159) edited by Elizabeth Fisher, Judith Jones and René von Schomberg. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2005). Interpreting law enforcement immunities: the relationship between judicial, legislative and administrative models. Interpreting Statutes. (pp. 223-249) edited by Suzanne Corcoran and Stephen Bottomley. Leichhardt, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Gani, Miriam (2004). Cyber-crime in the 21st Century: windows on Australian law. Cyber Crime: The Challenge in Asia. (pp. 141-168) edited by Roderic G. Broadhurst and Peter N. Grabosky. Aberdeen, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

  • Urbas, Gregor and Bronitt, Simon (2002). Courts, criminal law and procedure. The Cambridge Handbook of Australian Criminology. (pp. 73-92) edited by Adam Graycar and Peter Grabosky. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (2001). Sex. Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. (pp. 620-622) edited by Tony Blackshield, Michael Coper and George Williams. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acref/9780195540222.001.0001

  • Simon Bronitt (1998). Controlling Disease and the Criminal Law: A New Regulatory Strategy. Health Care, Crime and Regulatory Control. (pp. 167-178) edited by R Smith. Sydney: Hawkins Press and Asia Pacific Press.

  • Bronitt, S. and Ayers, M. (1998). Criminal law and human rights. Human rights in Australian law : principles, practice and potential. (pp. 00-00) edited by David Kinley. Leichardt, NSW, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Ford, S. (1998). Public order. Criminal Law. (pp. 52-52) edited by J. Riordan and P. Fairall. Rozelle, NSW, Australia: Lawbook.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Henning, Terese (1998). Rape victims on trial: regulating the use and abuse of sexual history evidence. Balancing the Scales: Rape, Law Reform and Australian Culture. (pp. 76-94) edited by Patricia Easteal. Annandale, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (1998). The rules of recent complaint: rape myths and the legal construction of the "reasonable" rape victim. Balancing the Scales: Rape, Law Reform and Australian Culture. (pp. 41-59) edited by Patricia Easteal. Annandale, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (1998). The transmission of life-threatening infections: a new regulatory strategy. Health Care, Crime and Regulatory Control. (pp. 167-178) edited by Russell G. Smith. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Hawkins Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon (1997). Lionel Murphy and the criminal law: commentary. Justice Lionel Murphy: Influential or Merely Prescient?. (pp. 113-118) edited by Michael Coper and George Williams. Annandale, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Bronitt, Simon and Kinley, David (1995). Undercover policing: detection or deception?. Tomorrow's Law. (pp. 1-23) edited by Hugh Selby. Annandale, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

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