After the War on Drugs - Norm Stamper

Event date: 
8 Oct 2009 12:00pm
G23, Law Theatre, Ground Floor, Law Building, UNSW, Kensington Campus


I am pleased to invite you to attend a talk by Norm Stamper, Ph.D, on Thursday 8th October 2009, from 12pm – 1pm, in the Law Theatre, Ground Floor of the Law Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Prof. David Dixon, Dean of the Faculty of Law, will be moderating this event.

Dr. Stamper is a major proponent of significant drug law reform believing the “war on drugs” has actually been a war on people. Having served as a police officer for 34 years, and Chief of the Seattle Police Department from 1998 to 2000, Norm Stamper is one of the strongest voices in the US advocating legalisation of illicit drugs.

Norm will be presenting his views on drug law reform, including:


  • Regulated legalisation of all drugs to make neighborhoods and communities safer and healthier; 
  • An examination of the failed approach in the US with billions of dollars, almost $69 billion/year, being wasted on federal, state and local police, courts, prosecutors, prisons, probation, parole and other punishment-related programs;  

He has also recently released a book called Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.