Michael Crowley PhD 


Dr Michael Crowley 

Dr Crowley is a barrister admitted to practice in Western Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and elsewhere within Australia under mutual recognition legislation.

Specialising in:

  • Legal Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Arbitration
  • Legal education consultancy

About Me


Experienced legal practitioner and law academic  in  both Western Australia and New South Wales.


Over ten years experience teaching law at Edith Cowan University. whilst maintaining a right of private practice as a barrister  As an academic taught and co-ordinated a range of law units including criminal law, advanced criminal law, terrorism and the law, security and the law, public international law, coronial law and mortuary practice and the law of evidence. Other roles included mooting co-ordinator  and course co-ordinator roles in law and forensic investigation and  membership of ECU’s Security Research Institute.  Research interests focused on international humanitarian law and terrorism.


During this period as an academic extensive involvement in  key international mooting competitions as moot problem writer, finals judge, arbitrator, moot executive committee member and  coach. 


Previously in New South Wales experience  as defence counsel in criminal law jury trials and conducting appellate work.  For some ten years  lecturer in criminal law and procedure with the Law Extension Committee within the University of Sydney and a revising examiner for the Legal Practice Board of New South Wales. 


Before moving from New South Wales to Western Australia  appointed  visiting lecturer in law at Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China.



Professional associations and affiliations

  • Western Australia Bar Association
  • New South Wales Bar Association
  • Executive committee member & Australasian University representative - International Negotiation Competition.
  • ECU Security Research Institute



  • B.A (Syd)
  • Dip. Ed (STC)
  • M.Ed (Syd)
  • B.Leg.S (Macq)
  • M.I.L (Syd)
  • PhD (Macq)

Services Provided

Legal Advice

  • Extensive background in legal practice enhanced by academic knowledge in criminal law, international humanitarian law, international commercial arbitration, evidence, cyber/security law and coronial inquests.
  • Provision of legal seminars in Evidence & Ethics, International Humanitarian Law and Security law.




  • Experienced advocate including appearances at inquests and commissions of inquiry.
  • Negotiation experience includes some 6 years as an international judge in the International Negotiation Competition.
  • Crowley, M.,  Non-negotiable? The use of misleading information in negotiations,  International Legal Practice and Legal Education Conference (LAWBILITY) University of Lucerne, Switzerland,  5 July 2016.



  • Specialising in matters involving science and security.
  • Experience preparing law students for international commercial arbitration competitions (Willem C Vis and LAWASIA) and acting as an arbitrator in student competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong.
  • PhD completions: Associate supervisor:  Enforcing foreign arbitral awards in Indonesia: Overcoming Disharmony between International and Domestic Law (2015)


Legal Educational Consultancy

  • Experience in the scaffolding of legal skills across the law curriculum, incorporation of legal skills within law units, advocacy skills for students, preparation of mooting teams and the development of specialised law units.
  • For example, Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice and Security and the Law.

Research & Publications

Research Activities

International Humanitarian Law:

  • From 2006 to 2019 the lead author of the moot problem and contributing author of the associated judges notes for the Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law mooting competition, an intervarsity competition for the Asia-Pacific Region. From 2006 to date a member of the final round bench.

  • See for example: Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Mooting Competition

Security law


Recent Publications and Conference



  • Crowley, M., Kurnadi, F and  Cassimatis, A (Eds) (2018) Australian Red Cross Handbook on International Humanitarian Law Mooting, Australian Red Cross. 

  • Crowley, M. (Chief Editor) (2012) with ICRC, Introduction to International Humanitarian Law and IHL Moot in Asia-Pacific Region, Hong Kong Red Cross.

Journals & conferences:

  • Shanley, A., Johnstone, M., Crowley, M & Szewczy, P. (2020) Australian Attitudes Towards Privacy of Information: Will COVID-19 Make a Difference? IFIP International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance, July 8 -10.

  • Hevron, A., & Crowley, M. (2019). Commentary: China and Africa. The Australasian Review of African Studies, 40(1), 111.

  • Dr. Junaid Chaudhry, Dr Michael Crowley, Assoc Prof Peter Roberts, Prof. Craig Valli and Prof. Jon Jon Hass  POStCODE Middleware for Post-market Surveillance of Medical Devices for Cyber Security in Medical and Healthcare Sector in Australia. (2018) 12th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT), Sydney Australia.

  • 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., 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.


Please contact me via the linked email method below.