Hopkins, Anthony

Australian National University


Dr Anthony Hopkins is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Clinical and Internship Courses at the Australian National University Law School. He is also a practicing criminal defence barrister.

Anthony began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. He continues to practice as a barrister with a focus on sentencing and appellate criminal cases.

Anthony's research, and his work in legal policy, is focused on reforms to the criminal justice system that promote equality and reduce incarceration. He has a particular focus on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system.

Most recently, Anthony's research has explored the links between equality and compassion, where compassion is understood as the foundation that enables turning towards those who are caught in the criminal justice system. This research is supported and influenced by his continuing mindfulness meditation practice.