Craig D. Longman is a Deputy Director and a Senior Researcher with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (Research Unit) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a practicing Solicitor.
Admitted to the NSW Supreme Court in 2007, Mr Longman has worked extensively in Criminal and Civil Litigation, including in high-profile Human Rights matters such as the defence of Palm Island man Lex Wotton to charges arising from the events on Palm Island in 2004.
Joining Jumbunna in October 2010, his research and advocacy focuses upon the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals in their interactions with the Australian legal system, particularly in the area of Criminal and Coronial Law. He has continued to assist community members in relation to coronial matters, and has prepared and presented on reform in relation to numerous areas of law reform, including Bail, Sentencing, Policing, Legal Aid funding and Native Title.
Recently appointed to the NSW Law Society Indigenous Issues Committee, he also holds directorships with not-for-profit Indigenous advocacy organisations.
Accountability for the deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the hands of the state remains absent 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its report. Between...