• Associate Professor
  • Director of Research Higher Degree Programs
Office:W232A Forgan Smith building, St Lucia campus
Phone:+61 7 (336) 57180
Fax:+61 7 (336) 51454
Consultation:Tuesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
A/Prof Jonathan Crowe


Jonathan Crowe teaches legal theory, constitutional law and international humanitarian law. He holds a PhD in law and philosophy from the University of Queensland. His research examines the philosophical relationship between law and ethics, looking at issues such as the nature and foundations of legal obligation and the role of ethics in legal reasoning. He has published widely on natural law theory and existentialist ethics, particularly the work of Emmanuel Levinas. He has also published research on constitutional law, international humanitarian law, criminal law, family law, corporations law, international trade law and alternative dispute resolution.

Jonathan has contributed articles to leading international and Australian journals, including the Modern Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Melbourne University Law Review, the Sydney Law Review and the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy. He is the author of Legal Theory (2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, 2013), co-author with Suri Ratnapala of Australian Constitutional Law: Foundations and Theory (3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-author with Kylie Weston-Scheuber of Principles of International Humanitarian Law (Edward Elgar, 2013). He is currently working on a book on the natural law tradition in ethics and jurisprudence.

Jonathan is the current President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy. He blogs on Australian legal theory events and publications at http://legaltheoryaust.wordpress.com and tweets at @drjoncrowe. A selection of his publications can be accessed online at http://ssrn.com/author=351177.

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Moral Philosophy