Melissa Crouch

As a member of the Committee, I would work to ensure ICON is a supportive, diverse and inclusive academic community that aims to foster high quality scholarship. I am particularly interested in ensuring ICON works to promote scholarship beyond the ‘usual suspect’ cases, and this means creating more ways for scholars from the Global South to contribute to the scholarly community. I have experience serving on a range of academic boards, including as Secretary of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) and the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS). I am on the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and the Southeast Asia Publications Board. I am the Myanmar Academic Lead for the UNSW Institute for Global Development. I have consulted for a range of organisations promoting constitutional reform and literacy, including International IDEA.

 I hold a BA/LLB from the University of Melbourne. My teaching and research focus on law and religion, law and governance, and comparative constitutional law, with a specialization in Asia. I have been awarded numerous grants and awards, including the Endeavour Australia Research Fellowship; and the University of Melbourne Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship.

I am committed to supporting the scholarship of others through collaborative projects and I have a track record of quality publications. I am the author of The Constitution of Myanmar (Hart, forthcoming); and Law and Religion in Indonesia  (Routledge, 2014). I have published in a range of peer-reviewed journals including the ICON journal.  I am the editor of: The Politics of Courts: Judicial Reform and Legal Culture in Indonesia (forthcoming CUP); ‘Islam and the State in Myanmar (OUP 2016), and The Business of Transition(CUP 2017).

The field of comparative constitutional law is an exciting and growing area of research, and I am committed to contributing to the scholarly community in ways that promote diversity, inclusion and high quality scholarship.