Dr Michael Crawford

BA/LLB (Hons) (Melb); GDipTax (Melb); BCL (Oxon); PhD (Melb)

Michael teaches and researches in the fields of property law, restitution, remedies, equity and trusts, with a particular interest in the philosophical and economic underpinnings of these doctrines. 

His book, An Expressive Theory of Possession (Hart, forthcoming 2020) uses insights from economics and philosophy to explain why simple acts of possession impose non-consensual duties on others. Michael is also the co-editor of Justifying Private Rights (Hart, forthcoming), a collection of essays on contemporary private law theory. Michael also has a particular interest in the intersection of equity and insolvency (see Michael JR Crawford, 'The Case Against the Equitable Lien'  (2019) 42(3) Melbourne University Law Review 813). 

Michael holds a BA/LLB (Hons 1), Grad Dip of Taxation Law and PhD from the University of Melbourne and a BCL from the University of Oxford. Prior to commencing postgraduate study, Michael was a solicitor at Mallesons, Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood Mallesons).


Crawford MJR, 2020, An Expressive Theory of Possession, Bloomsbury Publishing

Edited Books

Degeling S; Crawford M; Tiverios N, (eds.), 2021, Justifying Private Rights, Hart Publishing

Journal articles

Crawford M; Crawford LB, 2021, 'Private rights, public wrongs and the limits of property (case comment)', The Law Quarterly Review, vol. 137, pp. 39 - 39

Crawford M; Tiverios N, 2020, 'Equitable property and the law of the horse: Assignment, intermediated securities and data trusts.', Journal of Equity, vol. 2020, pp. 272 - 272

Crawford MJR, 2019, 'The case against the equitable lien', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 42, pp. 813 - 857

Crawford M, 2015, 'Inferences and Intentions in the Law of Trusts', Journal of Equity, vol. 9, pp. 290 - 296

Crawford M, 2014, 'Theft, Trust and Property Rights: Is Equity's Cure worse than the Disease?', Journal of Equity, pp. 338 - 366

Teaching Activity

Equity and Trusts (LAWS2385, JURD7285)

Remedies (LAWS3301)