Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
Senior Lecturer

Dr Lisa Burton Crawford

Law & Justice
Sch of Global&Public Law

Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW Faculty of Law, Deputy Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, and the Coordinator of AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Blog. Lisa teaches and researches in the field of public law, with a special interest in the intersection of constitutional law, administrative law, and legal theory. 

Lisa is currently co-directing the Statutes Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. The Statutes Project examines contemporary developments in legislative practice and statutory interpretation, in comparative perspective. It aims to shed new light on important public law debates by viewing them in light of the way in which statutes are used as a tool of governance in the modern administrative state. Lisa is also the lead author of Public Law and Statutory Interpretation: Principles and Practice (Federation Press, 2017, second edition currently in press), a student-focused text which examines fundamental public law principles together with the principles and process of statutory interpretation. 

Lisa has published widely on the constitutional dimensions of judicial review of executive action. Her work has examined the constitutional principles that constrain the scope of executive power that Parliament can confer, and other statutory devices designed to evade judicial review. Lisa's research also explores contemporary challenges to the rule of law, and the role that rule of law ideals might play in legal reasoning. Her book, The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution (Federation Press, 2017), explores the manner and extent to which the rule of law is protected and promoted by Australian law. In doing so, it challenges the claim that the rule of law is an inherent, justiciable constraint on governmental power, and the theory of common law constitutionalism. Lisa's research in these fields has been judicially cited in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Lisa holds a PhD from Monash University (for which she was awarded the University medal for Law), a BCL (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, and a BA/LLB (Hons 1) from the University of Western Australia. She has experience teaching in constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation, and is interested in supervising research projects in any of these fields.

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2021, 'The Rule of Law and Human Rights in Australia', in Gerber P; Castan M (ed.), Critical Perspectives on Human Rights in Australia, Thomson Reuters, https://legal.thomsonreuters.com.au/critical-perspectives-on-human-rights-law-in-australia-volume1/productdetail/127777#description
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Zalnieriute M; Burton L; Boughey J; Bennett Moses L; Logan S, 2020, 'From the Rule of Law to Statute Drafting: Legal Issues for Algorithms in Government Decision-Making', in Barfield W (ed.), Woodrow Barfield (ed.) Cambridge Handbook on the Law of Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2021, Cambridge University Press, pp. 251 - 272, https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/cambridge-handbook-of-the-law-of-algorithms/from-rule-of-law-to-statute-drafting/7257AE46EBD323E5E4126FBD81D5A4A0
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford L, 2020, 'Executive Power in an Age of Statutes', in Boughey J; Crawford L (ed.), Interpreting Executive Power, Federation Press, https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022341
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2020, 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Executive Guidance in the Administrative State', in Boughey J; Crawford L (ed.), Interpreting Executive Power, The Federation Press, https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022341
    Edited Books | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford L, (ed.), 2020, Interpreting Executive Power, Federation Press, https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760022341
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2019, 'The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth): A Failed Human Rights Experiment?', in Groves M; Boughey J; Meagher D (ed.), The Legal Protection of Rights in Australia, Hart Publishing, pp. 143 - 162, https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-legal-protection-of-rights-in-australia-9781509919833/
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L; Emerton P, 2019, 'Statutory Meaning Without Parliamentary Intention: Defending the High Court’s “Alternative Approach” to Statutory Interpretation', in Crawford L; Emerton P; Smith D (ed.), Law Under a Democratic Constitution: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy, Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 39 - 64, https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/law-under-a-democratic-constitution-9781509920877/
    Edited Books | 2019
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Emerton P; Smith D, (eds.), 2019, Law Under a Democratic Constitution: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy, Hart, https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/law-under-a-democratic-constitution-essays-in-honour-of-jeffrey-goldsworthy/index
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Goldsworthy J, 2018, 'Constitutionalism', in The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/law/9780198738435.003.0016
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2018, 'The Rule of Law', in Dixon R (ed.), Australian Constitutional Values, Hart
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford LB, 2018, 'Jurisdictional Error: Do We Really Need It?', in The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, Hart, https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/the-unity-of-public-law-9781509915187
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Emerton P; Laryea E, 2017, 'Investor–State Dispute Settlement and the Australian Constitutional Framework', in The China-Australia Fair Trade Agreement: a 21st Century Model, Hart
    Books | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Boughey J; Castan M; O'Sullivan M, 2017, Public Law and Statutory Interpretation: Principles and Practice, Federation Press, Sydney
    Books | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution, The Federation Press, Annandale, NSW Australia
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Williams G; Burton L, 2015, 'Australia’s Parliamentary Scrutiny Act: An Exclusive Parliamentary Model of Rights Protection’', in Parliaments and Human Rights Redressing the Democratic Deficit, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, pp. 257 - 277
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford M; Crawford LB, 2021, 'Private rights, public wrongs and the limits of property (case comment)', The Law Quarterly Review, vol. 137, pp. 39 - 39
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Meagher D, 2020, 'Statutory Precedents under the "Modern Approach" to Statutory Interpretation', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 42, pp. 209 - 239, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000576734900003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2020, 'Immaterial Errors, Jurisdictional Errors and the Presumptive Limits of Executive Power', Public Law Review, vol. 30, pp. 281 - 299, https://www.westlaw.com.au/maf/wlau/app/document?docguid=Ida7455b3703b11ea9e45f68329176fe2&isTocNav=true&tocDs=AUNZ_AU_JOURNALS_TOC&startChunk=1&endChunk=1
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford LB, 2019, 'Situating Statutory Interpretation in its Public Law Context', Legal Education Review, vol. 29, https://ler.scholasticahq.com/article/10834-situating-statutory-interpretation-in-its-public-law-context
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Boughey J, 2019, 'The Centrality of Jurisdictional Error: Rationale and Consequences', Public Law Review, vol. 30, Pt 1, http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2019/06/11/public-law-review-update-vol-30-pt-1/
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, 'The Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review and the Limits of 'Law'', Federal Law Review, vol. 45, pp. 569 - 569
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, 'The Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review and the Limits of ‘Law’', Federal Law Review, vol. 45, pp. 569 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.22145/flr.45.4.5
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, 'Expanding the Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review? Graham v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection', Public Law Review, vol. 28, pp. 282 - 282
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, 'Who Decides the Validity of Executive Action?: No-Invalidity Clauses and the Separation of Powers', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 24, pp. 81 - 98
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford LB, 2017, 'Reconsidering R (on the application of Cart) v Upper Tribunal and the Rationale for Jurisdictional Error', Public Law, vol. 2017, pp. 592 - 592
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2016, 'Can Parliament Confer Plenary Executive Power? the Limitations Imposed by Sections 51 and 52 of the Australian Consitution', Federal Law Review, vol. 44, pp. 287 - 310, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0067205x1604400205
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB; Emerton P, 2016, 'Parliament, the People and Interpreting the Law: Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union', The University of Queensland law journal, vol. 35, pp. 331 - 331
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2016, 'Can Parliament Confer Plenary Executive Power? The Limitations Imposed by ss 51 and 52 of the Australian Constitution', Federal Law Review, vol. 44, pp. 287 - 287
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2014, 'Why These Three?: The Significance of the Selection of Remedies in section 75(v) of the Australian Constitution', Federal Law Review, vol. 42, pp. 253 - 253
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Williams G; Burton L, 2013, 'Australia's exclusive parliamentary model of rights protection', Statute Law Review, vol. 34, pp. 58 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/slr/hms048
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Burton L; Williams G, 2013, 'The Integrity Function and ASIO's Extraordinary Questioning and Detention Powers', Monash University Law Review, vol. 38, pp. 1 - 34, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000216833700001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Williams G; Burton L, 2013, 'What future for Australia’s control order regime?', Public Law Review, vol. 24, pp. 182 - 208, http://www.thomsonreuters.com.au/public-law-review-parts/productdetail/20236
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Burton L; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2012, 'The extraordinary questioning and detention powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 36, pp. 415 - 469, https://www.inslm.gov.au/sites/default/files/submissions/02_-_mcgarrity_and_williams_annexure_a.pdf
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Burton L, 2009, 'MZXOT v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship: Last Stop on Route 75(v)?', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 16, pp. 115 - 115
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2018, ''The Rule of Law in the Age of Statutes'', Sydney, presented at Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Sydney, 21 November 2018 - 21 November 2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2018, ''The Constitutionalisation of Judicial Review: Ambiguities and Challenges'', Australian National University, presented at Public Law Weekend, Australian National University, 02 November 2018 - 03 November 2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford L, 2018, 'The Age of Hyper-Legislation?', Hong Kong, presented at International Society of Constitutional Law Conference, Hong Kong, 25 June 2018 - 27 June 2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2018, 'Rights Protection, Statutory Interpretation and the Rule of Law', in Rights Protection, Statutory Interpretation and the Rule of Law, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law Constitutional Law Conference, Sydney Australia, presented at Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law Constitutional Law Conference, Sydney Australia, 23 February 2018 - 23 February 2018, http://thebox.unsw.edu.au/video/2018-unsw-constitutional-law-conference-session-4
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford LB, 2017, 'Situating Statutory Interpretation in its Public Law Context', presented at Statutory Interpretation Teaching Symposium, LaTrobe Law School, 26 October 2017 - 26 October 2017
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2017, 'Judicial Review and the Limits of Legislative Power', in Judicial Review and the Limits of Legislative Power, Melbourne Law School Legal Theory Workshop, Melbourne Australia, presented at Melbourne Law School Legal Theory Workshop, Melbourne Australia, 24 March 2017 - 24 March 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Boughey J; Crawford LB, 2016, 'Jurisdictional Error: Is Disunity Necessary?', presented at Public Law Conference, Cambridge University, Cambridge, 12 September 2016 - 14 September 2016
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Lisa Burton Crawford
    Crawford LB, 2016, 'Jurisdictional Error: Do We Really Need It?', in Jurisdictional Error: Do We Really Need It?, Public Law Conference, Cambridge United Kingdom, presented at Public Law Conference, Cambridge United Kingdom, 12 September 2016 - 14 September 2016

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