- Melissa Crouch
BA/LLB (Hons); PhD (University of Melbourne)
Melissa is a 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 lead editor of (2014, Hart Publishing); the author of (Routledge, 2014); and editor of ' ' (OUP 2016). She has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals.
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. The book explores themes of constitution-making, constitutional design, federalism, and the role of courts, identifying how the past influences constitutional change.
Areas of expertise
Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Law and Governance; Rule of Law; Islamic law; 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 Member (2015-2016), Access to Justice in Myanmar program, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Advisory Board Member (2012-) Australia Burma Society (Melbourne)
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
I am interested in considering proposals for research supervision in the following areas: all aspects of Myanmar law; Indonesian law; Islamic law; rule of law; constitutional and administrative law in Southeast Asia; emergency powers; legal ethnography; law and religion; legal pluralism; the legal profession and legal education in Southeast Asia; and comparative constitutional law.
Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum, PhD thesis, ‘From Government to Governance: The Politics of Indonesia’s Digital Content Policies post-2008, co-supervisor with Professor Fleur Johns.
Yance Arizona, LLM thesis, ‘Becoming Indigenous Citizens: Indigenous subjectivity and constitutional adjudication in Indonesia’, International Master's Programme in the Sociology of Law, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (external supervisor)
Xu Zhuangsi, PhD thesis, ‘Implication of International Human Rights Law on China’s Protection of Minorities Language Rights’, co-supervisor with Professor Janet Chan and Dr Lucas Luxsinski
Emma Dunlop, PhD 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, 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
2016, ANU Indonesia Project Research Grants, with Dr Fritz Siregar, University of Indonesia, Jakarta. Project: ‘Administrative Justice in Indonesia’.
2016, Faculty Research Grant, UNSW Law Faculty, Project: Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes
2015-2016, KOICA (Korean International Cooperation Agency) and Konrad Adaneur Stiftung (KAS), Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project (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
2015, Early Career Grant and Research Teaching and Development Support Fund, UNSW Law.
2015, 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
2013-2014 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)
4 April 2016
29 February 2016
22 February 2016
16 February 2016
15 February 2016
29 January 2016
8 December 2015
8 December 2015
3 December 2015
18 November 2015