Prof Jonathan Crowe

Prof Jonathan Crowe

  • Professor
    Faculty of Law
Level 2, 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 published research on ethical and doctrinal issues in a range of fields of law, including constitutional law, international humanitarian law, criminal law, family law, corporations law, competition law and dispute resolution.

Jonathan is the author of several books and more than seventy book chapters and journal articles. His work has appeared in leading international and Australian journals, including the Modern Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Law and Critique, the Melbourne University Law Review, the Sydney Law Review, the Federal Law Review and the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy. He is currently completing a book on the natural law tradition in ethics and jurisprudence.

Jonathan is the current President of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy and a former Convenor of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network. He blogs on Australian legal theory events and publications at and tweets at @drjoncrowe. A selection of his publications can be accessed online at

Statement of research interests

My current research focuses on the role of ethical values in grounding legal reasoning. Through my work, I have contributed to the study of legal reasoning both at a theoretical level and in relation to specific fields of legal doctrine. It is important for legal transparency and consistency that we accurately understand how judges interpret and apply the law. My work in this area seeks to understand how judges and other legal officials draw on values and other contextual factors to reach their decisions. This research is crucial for understanding the nature of legal processes. It also helps advance understanding of how particular areas of law change and develop over time.

Statement for HDR students

I have supervised PhD and MPhil candidates in jurisprudence, constitutional law and theory, international humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict) and international human rights law.

My current students are conducting research on:
* Executive power in Australian constitutional law
* Constitutional issues in natural resources law
* Animal welfare regulations in the dairy industry
* The natural law theory of Augustine
* The commodification of citizenship

Higher degree research student projects

  • Crimes of the North Korean gulag:a study of impunity
  • Gender Inequality, Poverty and Economic Development in Kenya: A Case Study of Rural Women in Central, Eastern and Rift Valley Provinces
  • The Law and Policy of Indigenous Identity and Political Participation
  • The price, promise and metamorphosis of citizenship: Citizenship by investment and cosmopolitan citizenship as supranational citizenship

Areas of research expertise

  • Law
  • Philosophy