Dr Brendon Murphy

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

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 keenly interested in the intersections of law and social theory, with particular interest in risk, Foucault and Agamben.

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.

In 2012 he was recruited as a Foundation Member of Staff at the Law School of the University of the Sunshine Coast (Qld), where he helped establish a new Law School, teaching Foundations of Australian Law and Australian Constitutional Law.

He returned to Newcastle Law School in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer, where he currently coordinates and teaches courses in Criminal Law and Procedure and Crime and Australian Society.

In 2015 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) for a thesis entitled "Zone of Impeachment: A Post-Foucauldian Analysis of Controlled Operations Law and Policy". For this thesis he was awarded a Faculty of Business and Law Award for Best Examiner's Comments in 2015, and in 2016 was awarded a University Award for Research Excellence.

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.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Law), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Law/Diploma of Legal Practice(Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Foucault
  • Law
  • Legal history
  • Legal theory
  • Sociolegal studies

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
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/03/2016 Lecturer University of the Sunshine Coast
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2010 - 31/12/2013 Lecturer Newcastle Law School
Australia
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2010 Associate Lecturer Newcastle Law School
Australia

Professional appointment

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

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Vice Chancellors Award for Research Excellence
University of Newcastle
2009 Outstanding Educator in Law
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
2009 Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle

Recognition

Year Award
2010 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Unknown

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS1002 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2007 - 31/12/2009
LAWS 2002 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2010 - 31/12/2012
LAWS4004 Legal Theory
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer 1/07/2011 - 31/12/2011
LAWS1001 Foundations of Australian Law
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Tutor 1/01/2007 - 31/12/2008
LAWS1004 The Law of Torts
Newcastle Law School
Tutor 1/01/2010 - 31/12/2011
LAW101 Foundations of Australian Law
University of the Sunshine Coast
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2014 - 31/12/2015
LAW3001 Australian Constitutional Law
University of the Sunshine Coast
Lecturer 1/01/2015 - 31/12/2015
LAWS2004 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016
LAWS6003 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016
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Publications

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


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Murphy B, Anderson J, 'Confessions to Mr Big: A new rule of evidence?', The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, 20 29-48 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1365712715613485
Co-authors John Anderson
2016 Murphy BW, 'Deceptive apparatus: Foucauldian perspectives on law, authorised crime and the rationalities of undercover investigation', Griffith Law Review, Published Online (2016)
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2016.1194956
2015 Murphy BW, McGee J, 'Phronetic Legal Enquiry: An Effective Design for Law and Society Research?', Griffith Law Review, 24 288-313 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2015.1041631
2014 Murphy BW, 'Retrospective on Ridgeway: Governing Principles of Controlled Operations Law', Criminal Law Journal, 38 38-58 (2014)
2014 Anderson JL, Murphy BM, 'After the Serpent Beguiled Me: Entrapment and Sentencing in Australia and Canada', Queen's Law Journal, 39 621-654 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors John Anderson
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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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Murphy BW, Zone of Impeachment: A Post-Foucauldian Analysis of Controlled Operations Law and Policy, University of Newcastle (2015)
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Dr Brendon Murphy

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email brendon.murphy@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9269

Office

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