Global History Workshop | “Alternative Histories of Judicial Review”

Feb 16, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

“Alternative Histories of Judicial Review”

Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales

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Abstract: In this talk Crouch will argue for an expanded and pluralist view of histories of judicial review. She charts the itinerary of a curious constitutional invention, the constitutional writs in South Asia and other parts of the British empire. Crouch takes Myanmar as a case study, exploring the origins and growth of these remedies and its contemporary fate.

Biography: Melissa Crouch is Professor at the Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW, Australia.  Her research contributes to the fields of law and society;  comparative constitutional studies, and law and religion with a focus on Asia. Melissa established and runs the Southeast Asia Law & Policy Forum. Melissa’s recent book is The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis (2019) was shortlisted for the Australian Legal Research Awards book prize; in 2021 the book was profiled by the leading policy-institute Chatham House and listed as a top book by International Affairs (UK). Melissa is currently working on a project on Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Myanmar, which is funded by the Australian Research Council. 
Melissa has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals including the Law & Society Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.  She is the editor of several volumes, including Women and the Judiciary in the Asia-Pacific (CUP 2021). Melissa has worked with local and international organizations in Asia with a focus on constitutional and administrative law reforms and legal education. She is the Vice-President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), the peak academic body for Asian studies in Australia. She is also co-director with Theunis Roux of the project on Constitutionalism in the Global South. In 2021 she received the UNSW Postgraduate Supervisor Award. 


Michael Mandelkorn
Area of Interest
Pacific and Oceania
Scholarly Series
Global History Workshop