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Dr Michael Crowley

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2117, Mobile: 0407 187 227, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.306B
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2117
Mobile: 0407 187 227
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.306B  


Dr Michael Crowley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Law and a researcher at the ECU Security Research Institute.


By appointment.


Michael was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1989 and worked in a general practice. In 1991 he was admitted as a barrister practicing extensively as defence counsel in criminal law jury trials and conducting appellate work. Michael holds an unrestricted practicing certificate from the Legal Practice Board of WA.

Michael is a member of the Western Australian and New South Wales Bar Associations. Whilst practicing as a barrister in New South Wales Michael was also a lecturer in Criminal Law and Procedure, Law Extension Committee within the University of Sydney and up to 2005 was a Revising Examiner for the Legal Practitioner's Admission Board of New South Wales.

In 2004, Michael was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, People's Republic of China. He was the Law Course Coordinator at ECU from June 2012 to July 2013 and the Forensic Investigation Course Coordinator from 2006 to 2015.

Current teaching

  • Public International Law
  • Security and the Law
  • Evidence
  • Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice
  • Advanced Legal Research (honours)

Previous units:

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Terrorism and the Law

Awards and recognition

  • 2016 to date - Member of moot executive committee – International Negotiation Competition
  • 2010 - Certificate of Commendation, Hong Kong Red Cross (Branch of the Red Cross Society of China) In Recognition of Meritorious Service
  • 2009 - Dean's Award for Excellence in innovation or continuous improvement – legal writing program: Michael Crowley, Joseph Indaimo and Dr Jo McFarlane

Professional associations

  • 2009 to date - Western Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee, Member
  • 2007 to date - Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, Finals Judge
  • 2010 to 2016 - ECU Vis Mooting teams – Hong Kong Vienna, Coach
  • 2007 to date - Western Australia Bar Association
  • 1991 to date - New South Wales Bar Association
  • 2011 - 2012 - LAWASIA Moot Coaches Advisory Committee, Member

Research areas and interests

  • Terrorism and International Humanitarian Law


  • Master of Education, The University of Sydney.
  • Doctor of Philsophy, Macquarie University, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies, Macquarie University, 1989.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers College, 1977.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney, 1977.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Crowley, M., Johnstone, M., (2016), Protecting corporate intellectual property: Legal and technical approaches. Business Horizons, 59(6), 623 - 633, Indiana, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2016.08.004.
  • Larsen, A., Crowley, M., (2015), Government as usual: politics and law as structural couples governing counter-terrorism in Australia. Griffith Law Review, 24(4), 519-547, Melbourne, VIC, Taylor & Francis Australasia, DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2015.1130569.
  • Crowley, M., (2013), The Politics of terrorism in Australia: views from within. Australasian Parliamentary Review, 28(2), 80-93, Australasian Study of Parliament Group.
  • Crowley, M., (2013), Australian Democracy in the War on Terror. Australian Quarterly, 84(4), 12 - 18, Australia, Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
  • Larsen, A., Crowley, M., (2012), Virtue Ethics: Analysing emotions in a police interview with a crime suspect. Policing: a journal of policy and practice, 6(3), 291-300, Oxford.

Conference Publications

  • Crowley, M., Johnstone, M., (2014), I remember Richelieu: Is anything secure anymore?. The Proceedings of 7th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 27 - 32, Perth, W.A., ECU.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards In Indonesia: Overcoming Disharmony Between International And Domestic Laws
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