About Melissa Crouch

Melissa Crouch is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at the Law School, UNSW and Secretary of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). She established and runs the Southeast Asia Law & Policy Forum at UNSW Law. Melissa teaches and researches on law and religion, law and governance, and comparative constitutional law, with a specialisation on Southeast Asia. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards, including the Endeavour Australia Research Fellowship; University of Indonesia Visiting Fellowship; and the University of Melbourne Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship. Melissa is Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant on “Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes” (2018-2021). You can read more about Melissa’s many publications and academic interests and affiliations at https://www.law.unsw.edu.au/staff/melissa-crouch.

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Asian Law in Australian Universities: Research centres as critical institutional commitments

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In November 2019, Edward Aspinall and I convened a workshop on the state of Asian Studies in Australia. Bringing together leading academics in Asian Studies, we discussed the state of the field for the past two decades (2000-2020) across the disciplines (law, political science, international relations, anthropology, history), languages (Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Chinese) and area […]

Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia

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The theme of the Women in Asia Conference this year was “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia”. The Women in Asia Forum began in 1978 and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. In 1981, the first Women in Asia Conference was held at UNSW, and the return of the conference […]