Academic Staff

Jennifer Hartley

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practise

Lecturer in Law
Port Macquarie
Building 802

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from The University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practise from the College of Law, Sydney. Jennifer is on the Solicitor's Roll as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia and was a lawyer in Sydney and regional NSW.  As a lawyer, Jennifer has practised in Family law, Civil law, Commercial law and Environmental law. Jennifer has appeared before the NSW Local and District Court, together with the Land and Environment Court NSW and other State tribunals.

Prior to moving into the academic space, Jennifer was working for the Department of Communities & Justice as a caseworker, working with First Nations families to implementing change, and create safety for children and young people while working with community outreach services.

Jennifer has a very strong passion for human rights and addressing the structural injustices that are embedded within our criminal justice system, and is interested in how we as a community can collectively re-shape roles and attitudes to create a more culturally safe society.


Jennifer teaches into both the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and the Bachelor of Laws at Charles Sturt University.

Jennifer teaches the following subjects:

  • JST309: Indigenous Communities and Policing
  • JST123: Indigenous Australians & Justice: An Introduction
  • LAW214: Contract law
  • LAW112: Introduction to the Australian Legal System
  • LAW116: Writing & Communication for Legal Professionals
  • LAW314: Community law & Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote & Indigenous Contemporary Issues


Stolen Generation Reparations Scheme: Whether the scheme achieves reparation for reconciliation or reparation for reputation?

2012: Sterilisation & the Australian legal system: this thesis explored the topic of Sterilisation and the Australian legal system, namely the laws regulating sterilisation across Australia and whether it should be nationalised given the best interests of the children principle under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

Professional Memberships


Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group (AECG) Member


Treasurer AECG (2019)

Secretary AECG (2020)

Women’s Festival Member (2019)

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