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Farewell and thanks to Professor Arie Freiberg AM

30 August 2022

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Professor Arie Freiberg AM has concluded his teaching with The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) after 15 years as Subject Leader of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) subject, Governing by the Rules (GBR).

He has been a great supporter of ANZSOG and the EMPA, enriching the program with his excellence and commitment to quality learning and teaching. Professor Freiberg’s contribution to ANZSOG has been one small aspect of a very busy life of leadership and scholarship within his discipline and more broadly across the academy. Arie is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University, a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. His former roles include Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne.

Arie is a leading expert on sentencing and the criminal justice system. He was Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council from 2013 to December 2021 and has been Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council since 2004. Arie has consulted with Australian governments on a range of topics including sentencing matters, child sex abuse and drug courts, and he is widely published across these topics.

Arie is well known amongst ANZSOG alumni, students and staff as one of the most engaging presenters in the EMPA program. His approach has always been thorough and detailed in his feedback to students, reflecting his commitment to quality learning and teaching. He has used his extensive network across the judiciary and regulatory agencies to ensure his students can learn from the most expert and experienced practitioners, who assist with bringing to life the application of the concepts and ideas covered in his subject.

Hundreds of GBR students have benefited from Arie’s expertise, scholarship, engaging teaching style, and sense of humour. ANZSOG is very appreciative of Arie’s immense contribution to the EMPA, and to public sector leadership in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The practice of regulation and governance has been greatly strengthened across many public sector agencies thanks to Arie’s capacity to enlighten ANZSOG students and leading practitioners on the craft of Governing by the Rules.