Christopher Emzin (LLB, QUT/LLM, Griffith) is a Senior Lecturer and Director, Indigenous Engagement within QUT School of Justice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, and also a member of QUT Centre for Justice. Chris is an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander man raised and lives on the lands of the Yugambeh people. Christopher holds a Masters and a Bachelors Degree of Laws and has been admitted to practice law as a ‘Barrister-At-Law’.
Chris is 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 the Indigenous Committee for the Queensland Bar Association. Chris is the QUT School of Justice coordinator for the Cherbourg-QUT Project where transdisciplinary student teams collaborate with industry partners on Aboriginal Community-initiated projects using a participatory action research framework.