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Professor Rick Sarre 

Position: Professor of Law Professor Rick Sarre
Division/Portfolio: University of South Australia Business School
School/Unit: School of Law
Campus: City West Campus
Office: LB2-09
Telephone: +61 8 830 20889
Fax: +61 8 830 27128
Email: Rick_dot_Sarre_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Rick.Sarre

Rick Sarre is Professor of Law at the University of South Australia. As Professor of Law, Professor Sarre teaches Media Law, Sports Law, Business Law and Criminology.

He currently serves as President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Professor Sarre is also on the board of Directors of the International Police Executive Symposium.

Professor Sarre has a Doctorate of Legal Science from the University of Canberra, a Master of Arts (Criminology) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and an Honorary Doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden, an institution he has collaborated with in research and teaching for over a decade.

Professor Sarre’s research specialises in criminology and policing studies. He is widely published and is the author of two books, Leisure Time and the Law (1987) and Uncertainties and Possibilities: A discussion of Selected Criminal Justice Issues in Contemporary Australia (1994) and the co-author of The Law of Private Security in Australia with Tim Prenzler. Professor Sarre has taught overseas at Graceland University, Iowa USA, and Umeå University in Sweden.

Professor Sarre has won numerous teaching awards including one from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2008). Professor Sarre has also won multiple competitive research grants from both the Australian Research Council and the Criminology Research Council. His research awards include the Research Excellence Award from the Division of Business (2006), joint winner of the Anne Hawke Prize for best article published in the Division of Business and Enterprise (2000), and winner of the Elbert A Smith Award for the best article in 1999 from the Herald Publishing House (USA) (2000).

Professor Sarre has been the Chair of Academic Board at the University of South Australia since January 2011.

Links to other sites

Welcome to my ePortfolio

My SSRN author profile

My ORCID author profile

Teaching interests

  • Criminology, Sports Law, Media and Communications Law, Contemporary Issues in Policing, Contract Law.

I teach the following courses

LAWS 2031The Law of Media and Communications
LAWS 2028Criminology and Public Policy
LAWS 2029Sports Law
LAWS 1018Business Law

Professional associations

Law Society of SA (member since 1985)

Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Member

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (President from 2012)

International Ambassador of the British Society of Criminology


LL.B (University of Adelaide), MA (Criminology) (University of Toronto), SJD (University of Canberra), JDhc (Umeå University, Sweden)

Research interests

  • Security Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Corporate Governance, Private Policing, Police Accountability, Regulation, Restorative Justice.
  • Click here for research grants

Research publications

See the E-portfolio site above

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Law

  • Criminal Justice
  • Media Law
  • Police
  • Sport Law.
  • Victims
  • Law

Community Service

Organisation Name:   Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
Level of involvement:   President
Year from:   2012
Year to:   2016

Research Degree Supervisor

I am available to supervise legal and regulatory thesis topics, especially related to policing and private security, law, criminal justice and socio-legal topics.

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