Personal details

Mr Christopher Emzin
Associate Professor
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Justice
Discipline *
Criminology, Law
+61 7 3138 2926
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Master of Laws (Griffith University), Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Reviewer, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
  • Board of Directors, Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association
  • Barrister-At-Law: Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • Member, Indigenous Barristers Committee, Bar Association of Queensland
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Christopher Emzin (LLB, QUT/LLM, Griffith) is a Senior Lecturer and Director, Indigenous Engagement within the School of Justice in the QUT Faculty of Law. He is of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander man. Christopher holds a Masters and a Bachelors Degree of Laws and has been admitted to practice law as a ‘Barrister-At-Law’.

He is also an Inspector of Police with over 35 years policing experience as a criminal investigator, prosecutor and legal advisor for the Queensland Police Service. He has held a range of operational, policy and senior management positions within the QPS including Acting Superintendent for Prosecutions Services.

Chris is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT Faculty of Law. The thesis title is “Law Enforcement Policy & Practice impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.”

In his role as QUT Senior Lecturer, Chris was Chair for the Embedding Indigenous Knowledges into Justice Curriculum Committee and also lead for the Indigenous Perspectives Working Party during the Bachelor of Justice Re-accreditation process. The successful re-accreditation of the Bachelor of Justice involved the incorporation of a new Course Learning Outcome 6 – Indigenous Perspectives (Develop skills and knowledge to work with Indigenous communities and people as a Justice professional).

In his role as Director, Indigenous Engagement he engages with industry partners including ATSILS (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services) and is also member of Indigenous Committee for the Queensland Bar Association. Chris is the QUT School of Justice coordinator for the Cherbourg-QUT Project whereby transdisciplinary student teams collaborate with industry partners on Aboriginal Community-initiated projects using a participatory action research framework.

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  • JSB176 Criminal Law in Context
  • JSB284: Policing in Context
  • JSB374: Crime Prevention
  • JSB235: Investigations & Evidence (Developed new unit)
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Professional Training – Queensland Police Service

2017         Inspector, Visiting Police Associate, Queensland University of Technology

2013         Inspector,  Prosecution Services, Legal Division

2011         Flood Crisis Review Group, Queensland Police Service

2010         State Water Police Coordinator, Specialist Services Branch

2005         District Inspector, Gold Coast District

2000         Inspector, Legal & Policy Unit, Ethical Standards Command

1997         Police Prosecutors Course

1992         Appointment to Detective Classification

1986         Graduated – Queensland Police Academy

This information has been contributed by Mr Christopher Emzin.