Overview

Current Work

Karen Crawley researches and teaches at the intersection of law, justice and aesthetics. Her research is interdisciplinary and draws on literary theory, critical theory, and feminist legal philosophy to inquire into how legal subjects enact, embody and resist law and envision justice. She is co-editor of Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation (Routledge 2018).

She is Managing Editor of the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Editorial Board member of the Griffith Law Review, and Vice-President of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia (lawlithum.org).

She has published on the censorship of theatre and the theatricality of censorship, the role of controversial photographs in reframing questions of sexual citizenship, the regulation of street art and the right to expression in urban spaces, the challenge that the aesthetics of graphic novels pose to legal notions of harm.

She is currently working on: Theorising Censorship through Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman; Feminist Legal Theory and The Handmaid's Tale, and Stories we Tell: Documenting Filial Relationships in Law and Literature. She is also collaborating with Dr Julie Fragar from QCA on a funded project called 'Artist as Witness: Investigating the Role of the Artist in the Trial Space.'
 

Expertise Keywords

  • Cultural Legal Studies
  • Feminist Legal Studies
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Aesthetics
  • Law and Literature
  • Legal Theory

Subject Area Codes

  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality
  • History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
  • Literary Theory

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 13 (Other: 13)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

I have been actively involved with the law school curriculum since arriving at Griffith, and was the recipient of a Group Citation in Learning and Teaching in 2013, an Academic Provost’s teaching commendation in 2013 and 2014, and a Griffith Arts and Education Teaching Award for Excellence (Early Career) in 2015. https://www.griffith.edu.au/learning-teaching/awards-grants/recognising-griffiths-excellence/griffith-awards-excellence-teaching/karen-crawley  

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching is geared towards helping students develop capacities and habits of mind that enable them to wrestle with the deeper questions that govern our shared lives; to learn how to think rather than what to think. Legal education must not only produce lawyers with legal skills, but also self directed, motivated, lifelong learners capable of coping with change and informed by a contextualised view of the legal system and a sense of justice.  

Current and Past Courses

  • Contracts 2 (1030LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Honours Thesis Work in Prog (6002LAW_Y1)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Honours Thesis Completion (6002LAW_Y2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Honours Thesis Work in Prog (6002LAW_Y1)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Honours Thesis Completion (6002LAW_Y2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Contracts 2 (1030LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jurisprudence (3010LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Contract & Civil Obligations 2 (1015LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Cultural Legal Studies (6039LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Cultural Legal Studies (6039LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Honours Thesis Work in Prog (6002LAW_Y1)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Honours Thesis Completion (6002LAW_Y2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Cultural Legal Studies (6039LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Cultural Legal Studies (6039LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Honours Thesis Work in Prog (6002LAW_Y1)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Honours Thesis Completion (6002LAW_Y2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Honours Research Methods (6001LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Contracts 2 (1030LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Contracts 2 (1030LAW)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Bio

Dr Karen Crawley is a lecturer in the Griffith Law School. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney, with Honours in English Literature and in Law, and received her LLM and PhD from McGill University, where her postgraduate research was supported by the Canada Research Chair in Law and Discourse.  

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, McGill University Faculty of Law 2007 - 2012
  • LLM Master Of Laws, McGill University Faculty of Law 2005 - 2006
  • LLBHons Bachelor Of Laws With Honours, University of Sydney 1998 - 2003
  • BAHons Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Sydney University 1998 - 2003

Editorial roles

  • Managing Editor, Australian Feminist Law Journal 2014 -

Professional memberships

  • Board Member, Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia 2013 -