The Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative (ADLaRI) is a UNSW-based working group that pursues a variety of pathways towards drug law reform, education and the achievement of social justice. ADLaRI embraces the philosophy of harm minimisation and is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to drug policy and law reform which aims to:

  • encourage the development of evidence-based policy, law and practice;
  • contribute to public education about appropriate regulation of drugs;
  • assist in the dissemination of resources for use in tertiary education about drug law reform in law, criminology, medicine and other disciplines; and
  • facilitate links with other institutions for the exchange of research and teaching materials and the development of new approaches.

In addition to researchers from the UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, and the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), ADLaRI’s members include: Nick Cowdery AM QC, Visiting Professor, UNSW Law, and former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions; and Dr Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and former Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent's Hospital.