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Prof. Jonathan Crowe

Level 2, Building 4, Faculty of Law, Bond University

Professional biography

Jonathan Crowe is Professor of Law at Bond University. His research examines the philosophical relationship between law and ethics, looking at issues such as the nature and foundations of legal obligation and the role of ethics in legal reasoning. He has published widely on natural law theory and existentialist ethics, particularly the work of Emmanuel Levinas. He has also produced significant bodies of work on constitutional law, rape and sexual assault law, international humanitarian law and dispute resolution.

Jonathan is author or editor of nine books and more than ninety peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles. His work has appeared in leading international and Australian journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Modern Law Review, Jurisprudence, Law and Critique, the Melbourne University Law Review, the Sydney Law Review, the Federal Law Review and the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy. His recent books include Mediation Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Edward Elgar, 2020); Natural Law and the Nature of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019); and the Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory (Edward Elgar, 2019). He co-edits the Journal of Legal Philosophy with Hillary Nye.

Jonathan is Co-Director of Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy, an Australia-wide initiative working to change community attitudes about consent and shape legal responses to sexual violence. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy, having served as its President from 2014 to 2018. He is also a former President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network.

Professional admissions

  • Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy
  • Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • American Philosophical Association

Teaching expertise

Constitutional Law, Philosophical Foundations of Law, Laws of Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland