• Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My current research focuses on the role of ethical values in grounding legal reasoning. Through my work, I have contributed to the study of legal reasoning both at a theoretical level and in relation to specific fields of legal doctrine. It is important for legal transparency and consistency that we accurately understand how judges interpret and apply the law. My work in this area seeks to understand how judges and other legal officials draw on values and other contextual factors to reach their decisions. This research is crucial for understanding the nature of legal processes. It also helps advance understanding of how particular areas of law change and develop over time.

Statement for HDR students

I have supervised PhD and MPhil candidates in jurisprudence, constitutional law and theory, international humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict) and international human rights law.

My current students are conducting research on topics such as:

  • Executive power in Australian constitutional law
  • Constitutional issues in natural resources law
  • Legal personhood protections for non-human animals
  • The natural law theory of Augustine
  • The commodification of citizenship

Education/Academic qualification

Law and Philosophy, PhD, University of Queensland

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Research Output 2010 2019

Nutshell: Legal Theory

Crowe, J., 2019, 3rd ed. Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Co. 173 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

legal theory
natural law
legal positivism
critical theory

Bargaining in the Shadow of the Folk Law: Expanding the Concept of the Shadow of the Law in Family Dispute Resolution

Crowe, J., Field, R. M., Toohey, L., Partridge, H. & McAllister, L., Sep 2018, In : The Sydney Law Review. 40, 3, p. 319-338 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
family law
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Functions, Context and Constitutional Values

Crowe, J., 2018, Australian Constitutional Values. Dixon, R. (ed.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. 61-73 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Integrity and Truth in Law’s Empire

Crowe, J., 2018, Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin. Khurshid, S., Malik, L. & Rodriguez-Blanco, V. (eds.). New Delhi: Oxford University Press, p. 31-41

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Political Values
Ronald Dworkin
Value Theory

Law's movement

Crowe, J., 2018, Global governance and regulation: Order and disorder in the 21st century. Ireland-Piper, D. & Wolff, L. (eds.). Oxon: Routledge, p. 24-32 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

law and order
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