Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman.She is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio
She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.
Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa is on the board of Sydney Festival and a board member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel.
She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.