Mr Brendon Murphy

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary


Brendon holds double Honours degrees from the University of Newcastle, graduating in Social Work (BSW) in 1998 and Law (LLB) in 2004. He obtained a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching in 2009. His primary area of teaching is Criminal Law and Procedure at the Callaghan Campus. Brendon joined the School of Law as a tutor in 2006, and is presently course coordinator for Criminal Law and Procedure. His academic interests include controlled operations, criminalisation, legal theory, and legal history. He is currently engaged in PhD research in the field of controlled operations. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in Teaching Award, followed by the Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He was subsequently awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2010.

Research Expertise
Criminal Law and Procedure.

Teaching Expertise
Criminal Law and Procedure. Brendon has taught the Professional Counselling Skills component of the Graduate Diploma of Genetic Counselling; the Communication Skills component of Legal System and Method; examined Honours dissertations; lectured in Legal Theory; and provided tuition in Tort law.

Administrative Expertise
Course Coordinator.


  • Bachelor of Law/Diploma of Legal Practice(Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Newcastle


  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Criminalisation
  • Law
  • Legal history
  • Legal theory

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified 25
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 50
189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2008 Solicitor Private Practice



Year Award
2010 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Murphy BW, 'Case and Commentary: Police v McMillan [2010] NSWLC 9', Criminal Law Journal, 35 46-50 (2011) [C1]
2010 Murphy BW, 'Indecent situations vacant', Criminal Law Journal, 34 263-264 (2010) [C3]
2009 Murphy BW, 'Human rights, human dignity and the right to die: Lessons from Europe on assisted suicide', Criminal Law Journal, 33 341-356 (2009) [C1]
2008 Murphy BW, 'Motor accidents and blood samples in New South Wales', Journal of Law and Medicine, 15 644-653 (2008) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Murphy BW, 'Case and comment: Rowe v Kemper [2008] QCA175', Criminal Law Journal, 32 384-389 (2008) [C1]
2007 Murphy BW, Anderson JL, ''Mates, Mr Big and the unwary': Ongoing supply and its relationship to entrapment', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 19 5-33 (2007) [C1]
Co-authors John Anderson
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Mr Brendon Murphy


Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4033 9269
Mobile 0439491453


Room MC167
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308