Professor Warren Brookbanks
Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies, and Director of the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice at Auckland University of Technology

Warren Brookbanks is Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies, and Director of the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice at AUT Law School. He was   previously  a Professor of Law at Auckland University Law School where he taught from 1983 to 2016. He is co-author of  Bell & Brookbanks,  Mental Health Law in New Zealand  (2nd edn) and Simester & Brookbanks, Principles of Criminal Law (4th edn).   He is  a co-editor  of Psychiatry and the Law   and Criminal Justice in New Zealand an editor of  Therapeutic Jurisprudence : New Zealand Perspectives.  He is the author of Competencies of Trial: Fitness to plead in New Zealand. He is also a contributing author and an update author of various professional legal publications, including Adams on Criminal Law  and Trapski’s Family Law. In addition to his teaching and other academic responsibilities he is involved in professional consultation and in recent years has undertaken research for various government departments in New Zealand and abroad, including the New Zealand, English and Scottish Law Commissions, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Commission. He was a founding Trustee of the Odyssey House Trust (NZ) and is a former President of the Australia and new Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).  He is currently Chair of the Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation.

Dr Karni Perlman
Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Centre, Striks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies

Dr. Karni Perlman is a Professor of Law and the head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center at the Striks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel. Perlman’s book, “Conflict Resolution – Applying Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice” has been recently published (in Hebrew). The book introduces important transformations that have taken place in the content of judges’ roles as dispute settlers and explains the nature of settlement judging and therapeutic judging. It also describes the change that is taking place in the content of lawyers’ roles.  Perlman is the author of various academic articles and other publications concerning Alternative Dispute Resolution, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Settlement Judging and Judicial Dispute Resolution, Problem-Solver Lawyers, Procedural Justice, Mediation, Gender, Legal Education and more.  Perlman also teaches Conflict Resolution at Tel-Aviv University. She is the founder and former chairperson of the first Israel academic mediation center.  Perlman is a well-known mediator who actively mediates cases in the field of commercial and labor law. She serves as the coach of the Striks School of Law student team participating in an international competition of clients’ representation in mediation sessions.

Professor David B. Wexler
International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
University of Puerto Rico
San Juan
Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus
Rogers College of Law

David B. Wexler is Professor of Law and Director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus, Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona.

He received the American Psychiatric Association’s Manfred S. Guttmacher Forensic Psychiatry Award; chaired the American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental Disability; chaired the Advisory Board of the National Centre for State Courts’ Institute on Mental Disability and Law; was a member of the Panel on Legal Issues of the president’s Commission on Mental Health was a member of the National Commission on the Insanity Defense; served as Vice President of the International Academy of Law and mental Health; received the New York University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Legal Scholarship/Teaching Award; received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Centre for State Courts; and served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law.  Professor Wexler has been named an Honorary Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society.

Wexler explicated and named the therapeutic jurisprudence perspective in a paper written in 1987 for the National Institute of Mental Health (US).  Therapeutic jurisprudence writing is now in thirteen languages, and some of Wexler’s own work has been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, Urdu, and Slovenian.  In October 2012, at its Congress in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, Wexler was named Honorary President of the Iberoamerican Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, an organisation headquartered at the University of Vigo.

For a biographical essay on Wexler and his work, see Constance Backhouse, An Introduction to Daivd Wexler, the Person Behind Therapeutic Jurisprudence, at 

Dr Astrid Birgden
PhD, Consultant Forensic Psychologist, Just Forensic and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin University

For 30 years Astrid has developed policy and managed service delivery to clients in problem solving courts (family violence court and drug court), disability services (forensic disability clients) and correctional services (sex offenders and drug-related offenders). Astrid established and managed the interagency Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre in Sydney, which is based on a humanistic model.  She has delivered training through the AIJA and AAT NJC regarding engaging defendant behaviour change from the bench. On an international basis, Astrid was involved in a torture prevention project with police and military in Sri Lanka and Nepal, delivered training regarding offender rehabilitation to prison officers and counsellors in St Kitts/Nevis in the Caribbean, designed a Community-Police Mediation Program in New Orleans, and was a moderator for a National Institute of Canada online course for judges regarding problem solving courts. Since 2000, Astrid’s work has been guided by the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence; in 2000 she studied with Professor David Wexler at the University of Puerto Rico and more recently has completed a Masters in Advanced Mental Disability Law through New York Law School. She is published in therapeutic jurisprudence, offender rehabilitation, and human rights.

Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)
President of the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC.

Judge Peggy Fulton Hora is the President of the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC.  She retired from the California Superior Court after serving 21 years.  She had a criminal assignment that included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court.  She is a former dean of the B.E Witkin Judicial College of California and has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College for over 20 years.  Judge Hora was a senior Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute and the Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts.

Judge Hora is an international leader in the solution-focused courts movement and has written comprehensively on justice issues.  The appellate court and almost 200 journals and law reviews have cited her work.  She was a 2009-2010 Thinker in Residence appointed by the Premier of South Australia to study and make recommendations on the Australian justice system.  She was a visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania School of Law.

Her International work includes speaking at conferences worldwide and hands-on training on drug courts and therapeutic jurisprudence in Israel, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Bermuda, South Africa, Italy, Pakistan, France, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

She is a recipient of the Bernard S. Jefferson Judicial Education Award from the California Judges’ Association and winner of the Rose Bird Award from California Women Lawyers.  She was honored as Woman of the Year by the California legislature.

Jon Everest
Fellow of Resolution Institute

Jon is a Fellow of Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR) and is an experienced and accredited mediator, trainer, facilitator, and professional supervisor. He specialises in restorative justice, conflict resolution, negotiation, and violence intervention. He has facilitated restorative justice conferences in the criminal, workplace, education and family matters since 2003 and acted as subject matter expert during development of the 2005 New Zealand Ministry of Justice training programme. Since 2008 Jon has been a lead trainer for the New Zealand restorative justice facilitator training programme and is also an assessor of facilitators for the Ministry of Justice. He is accredited as a restorative justice facilitator for both domestic violence and sexual violence.

Jon formerly served as a police officer in the UK and as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police and has been a senior manager in both the public and private sectors. His Masters degree focused on crime and violence issues in the workplace and he also holds a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. Jon facilitated men’s stopping violence programmes for 6 years and sat on the Governance Board of a domestic violence agency for 8 years. He is currently on the Board of Resolution Institute, a professional body for dispute resolution across Australasia and is a Justice of the Peace.

Professor Arie Freiberg AM
Faculty of Law
Monash Universty

Arie Freiberg is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University.  He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University between 2004 and 2012.  Before this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2003.  he was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Criminology at the University of Melbourne in 1991 where he served as Head of the Department of Criminology between January 1192 and June 2002.  In 2013 he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of the University.

His particular areas of expertise are sentencing, non-adversarial justice and regulation.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2014) and Tel Aviv University (2008) and served as a consultant to the Federal, Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian governments on sentencing matters as well as the Australian and South African Law Reform Commissions.  He has also consulted for a number of state government agencies and departments on regulatory reform.

He has around 140 publications in areas such as sentencing, confiscation of proceeds of crime, tax compliance, corporate crime, juries, juvenile justice, sanctions, victimology, superannuation fraud, trust in criminal justice, commercial confidentiality in corrections, dangerous offenders, the role of emotion in criminal justice and public policy, drug courts, problem-oriented courts, non-adversarial justice and regulatory theory.

Professor Tania Sourdin
Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School

Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School.  She was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.  Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for justice reform.  In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the justice system systems in eleven Courts and Tribunals and five external dispute resolution schemes.  Other research has focused on justice innovation, therapeutic interventions, technology, delay and systemic reforms.

Professor Sourdin is the author of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change.  She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and has worked as a senior Tribunal member in respect of appellate matters and as a mediator for more than 25 years.  She has worked extensively overseas as an expert consultant in relation to disputes and dispute system design.  In 2014 she was appointed as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Industry Dispute Adviser in Australia and also co chaired the 2014 National Mediation Conference.  In 2015 she won the Monash University Deans Award for Research Impact in relation to her work on behavioural change in the just system.

Professor Michael Perlin
Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School

Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS’s Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center.  He is also the co-founder of Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates.  He has written 31 books and nearly 300 articles on all aspects of mental disability law.. His most recent books are Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation  (with Heather Ellis Cucolo) (Temple University Press, 2017)), and  Sexuality, Disability and the Law: Beyond the Last Frontier? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) (with Alison J. Lynch). The third edition of his treatise, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal, universally seen as the standard text in the area (co-authored with Prof. Cucolo), was published in 2016 (Lexis-Nexis Press). An earlier book, The Jurisprudence of the Insanity Defense (Carolina Academic Press, 1995) won the Manfred Guttmacher award of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law as the best book published that year.


Before becoming a professor, Perlin was the Deputy Public Defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey, and, for eight years, was the director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in the NJ Department of the Public Advocate. He has represented thousands of persons with mental disabilities in individual and class actions at every court level from police court to the US Supreme Court, and has taught and worked with advocacy projects on every continent..

His hobbies include fishing, birding, playing the clarinet, opera, and the music of Bob Dylan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society in New Jersey.

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC
Chief Justice of Western Australia

The Hon Wayne Martin was admitted to legal practice in Western Australia in 1977.  In 1993 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.  At different times he has served as Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of WA and the Administrative Review Council, and as President of the Law Society of WA and the WA Bar Association.  In 2006, he became the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  In 2012, the Chief Justice was recognised nationally when he was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.  The Chief Justice currently holds many positions as Chairman or Patron, and is also the Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia.

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