- Melissa Crouch
BA/LLB (Hons); PhD (University of Melbourne)
Melissa is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the Deputy Director of the ; member of the the and member of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
Melissa is the editor of three major volumes on Myanmar: (2014); ' ' (OUP 2016), and The Business of Transition: Law, Development and Economics in Myanmar (CUP, forthcoming 2017). She has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of (Routledge, 2014).
constitutional law, Her current major research project is a book on Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes: The Making of Constitutions in Myanmar, which addresses how and why constitutions change through a focus on the constitutional history of Myanmar.
Areas of expertise
Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Law and Governance; Law and Religion; Myanmar law; Indonesian law; Law and Society; Comparative Law; Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
Editorial Board (2016-), Asian Journal of Comparative Law, National University of Singapore
Advisory Board, (2016-) ACICIS, Indonesian Business, Law and Society curriculum for student exchange in Indonesia
Advisory Board Member (2015-2016), Access to Justice in Myanmar program, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Associate (2013-), Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, University of Melbourne
Member (2014-), Law and Society Association, USA
Member (2010-), Asian Studies Association of Australia
Member (2016-) Asian Law and Society Association
I am interested in considering proposals for research supervision in the following areas:
Indonesian law: constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, legal pluralism and Islamic law
Myanmar law: public and private law, legal pluralism and socio-legal studies
Southeast Asian law and legal traditions: law and development, comparative or socio-legal studies on the region
Current PhD students
Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum, Thesis: ‘From Government to Governance: The Politics of Indonesia’s Digital Content Policies post-2008, co-supervisor with Professor Fleur Johns.
Xu Zhuangsi, Thesis, ‘Implication of International Human Rights Law on China’s Protection of Minorities Language Rights’, co-supervisor with Dr Lucas Luxsinski
Emma Dunlop, Thesis, Justice in Exile: A Study of UNHCR’s legal obligations to ensure refugee access to domestic courts and dispute resolution mechanisms, co-supervisor with Professor Jane McAdams
Luke Potter, Thesis: Local Government Authorities and Durable Solutions to Protect Against Disaster Displacement risk in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific, co-supervisor with Professor Jane McAdams
Milda Istiqomah, Thesis: Factors Contributing to Terrorism Sentencing Outcomes in Indonesia, co-supervisor with Justine Nolan and Janet Chan
2016-2017, Asian Development Bank, Professional Legal Education on Corporate and Commercial Law in Myanmar.
2016, New Colombo Plan funding for UNSW Myanmar Ambassador's Program (joint cross-faculty application, 5 scholarships for law students).
2016-2017, ANU Indonesia Project Research Grants and UNSW Indonesia Seed Grant, with Dr Fritz Siregar, University of Indonesia, Jakarta. Project: ‘Administrative Justice in Indonesia’.
2016, Faculty Workshop Grant, Constitutional Amendment in Asia; Faculty Research Grant, UNSW Law Faculty, Project: Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes
2016-2017, Konrad Adaneur Stiftung (KAS), Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project, Workshops with the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar, (with T Roux).
2015-2017, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project on Building Constitutionalism in Myanmar (with W Sadurski, T Roux, M Krygier and C Renshaw).
2015, Faculty Research Grant, UNSW Law Faculty, Project: From Military Rule to Rule of Law in Myanmar; Early Career Grant and Research Teaching and Development Support Fund, UNSW Law; Faculty Workshop Support Scheme, UNSW Law, Workshop and edited book project: The Business of Transition in Myanmar
2014-2015, Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Research Grant, Project: ‘Authority and Islam: An Ethnography of Fatwa in Myanmar’
2013-2014, Research & Conference Grant, Project: ‘Law, Governance & Minorities in Myanmar’, Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore; and Myanmar Law Reform Project Fund (for workshops in Myanmar), Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore
2012–2013, Postdoctoral Research Support Funds, Law Faculty, National University of Singapore
2010, Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship; MA Bartlett Research Scholarship Fund Competitive Funding; and Research Support Funds, the University of Melbourne
2008-2011, Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship Doctoral Scholarship and Travel Scholarships
- Principles of Public Law (LAWS1141)
- Islamic Law and Society (LAWS3165)
- The Rule of Law in Southeast Asia (LAWS3167)
- The Rule of Law in Southeast Asia (JURD7567)
- Islamic Law and Society (JURD7865)
- Administrative Law (LAWS1160)
- Indonesian Law (LAWS3139)
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28 December 2016
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