Social justice and a healthier, safer world through better drug policies and laws


ADLaRI is a UNSW project formed at the end of 2011 in partnership with Professor Ernest Drucker  following his recent visit to UNSW. A working group was formed with the intent of pursuing a variety of pathways towards drug law reform, education and the achievement of social justice





Members of the working group are:

Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC: After 16 years as the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW and 20 years prior to that as a barrister, Mr Cowdery has recently been appointed Visiting Professorial Fellow in the UNSW Faculty of Law. He was president of the International Association of Prosecutors from 1999 to 2005, and the inaugural co-chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, from 1995 until 2000.He is human rights adviser to the Law Council of Australia and chair of its International Human Rights observer panel.

Professor Julie Stubbs: UNSW Law

Professor Ernest Drucker: Currently with John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York City, Professor Drucker is Professor Emeritus of family and social medicine at Montefiore Medical Centre and Adjunct Professor of epidemiology at Columbia. He is one of the founders of the Harm Minimisation movement.

Dr Alex Wodak: a physician who has been Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney since 1982. Dr Wodak is President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and was President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004). He helped establish the first needle syringe programme (1986) and the first medically supervised injecting centre (1999) in Australia when both were pre-legal. Dr Wodak helped establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987), the NSW Users AIDS Association (1989), the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine (1990) and the Australian needle syringe programme annual survey (1995).

Associate Professor Alex Steel: UNSW Law

Dr Michael Grewcock: UNSW Law

Dr Jenny Chalmers: NDARC; Drug Policy Modelling Program

Dr David Bright: FASS UNSW

Dr Caitlin Hughes: NDARC; Drug Policy Modelling Program

Kari Lancaster: NDARC; Drug Policy Modelling Program

Helen Gibbon (Lecturer): UNSW Law

Amanda Wilson (Lecturer): UNSW Law

Courtney Young (Lecturer): UNSW Law

Kristin Moore: UNSW Law

Maggie Hall (Lecturer): UWS

Ben Mostyn: Legal Aid

Benjamin Phillips: NDARC

Stephanie Scott-Smith: NDARC

Paul Cubitt: LEAP Australia