Dr. Melissa Crouch is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She is the Deputy Director of the Comparative Constitutional Law Project; member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project and the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law; and member of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
Her research contributes to the field of Asian Legal Studies, with a concentration on Constitutional Change, Administrative Justice, Law and Development, and Law and Religion. Her research has a particular focus on Southeast Asia, where she has conducted extensive socio-legal field research. Dr. Crouch is the editor of three major volumes on Myanmar: Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar (2014); 'Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging' (OUP 2016), and The Business of Transition: Law, Development and Economics in Myanmar (CUP, forthcoming 2017). She has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of Law and Religion in Indonesia: Conflict and the Courts in West Java (Routledge, 2014). She has contributed to numerous initiatives on constitutional and legal reform in Myanmar.Melissa has been invited to work with several international organisations in Myanmar with a focus on constitutional and administrative law reforms. She is currently leading a team on a major project on legal education in corporate and commercial law for High Court judges, lawyers, and law officers in Myanmar, funded by the Asian Development Bank.
At UNSW, Dr. Crouch teaches Principles of Public Law, as well as Islamic Law and Society and Rule of Law in Southeast Asia. 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. For a full list of publications see her CV.
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