Chris Emzin: Appointment as Member, National Sports Tribunal (NST)


QUT Centre for Justice member Chris Emzin has been appointed as a Member of the National Sports Tribunal (NST).  

The National Sports Tribunal was established by the National Sports Tribunal Act 2019, which commenced on 19 March 2020, to deal with sporting disputes.

Chris’ appointment took into consideration his 35 years policing experience including roles as a criminal investigator, investigator of internal police disciplinary matters and various legal and policy roles.  As one of six Indigenous Barristers in Queensland, his application also addressed the diversity sought by the NST.

Chris is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 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 Academic Lead, Indigenous 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.

Congratulations Chris on this important appointment.

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