Dr Brendon Murphy

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.

Deputy Director of Research (University of Newcastle, 2017).

Member, University ERA Cluster Advisory Group (University of Newcastle, 2017).

Member, Faculty Research Committee (University of Newcastle, 2017)

Member, Student Charter Working Party (University of the Sunshine Coast, 2015).

Member, Teaching and Learning Grants Committee (University of the Sunshine Coast, 2014).

University of the Sunshine Coast Law Student Association Advisor (2014).

Member, Program Review Committee (University of Newcastle, 2012)


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
LAWS4004 Legal Theory
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer 1/07/2011 - 31/12/2011
LAWS1004 The Law of Torts
Newcastle Law School
Tutor 1/01/2010 - 31/12/2011
LAWS 2002 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2010 - 31/12/2012
LAWS1001A Legal System and Method
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 15/02/2017 - 30/06/2017
LAWS1001 Foundations of Australian Law
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Tutor 1/01/2007 - 31/12/2008
LAWS6003 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2016 - 31/12/2017
LAW3001 Australian Constitutional Law
University of the Sunshine Coast
Lecturer 1/01/2015 - 31/12/2015
LAWS1002 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2007 - 31/12/2009
LAWS2004 Criminal Law and Procedure
Newcastle Law School
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2016 - 31/12/2017
LAW101 Foundations of Australian Law
University of the Sunshine Coast
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/01/2014 - 31/12/2015
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Murphy BW, Anderson JL, 'Assemblage, Counter-Law and The Legal Architecture of Australian Covert Surveillance', National Security, Surveillance and Terror: Canada and Australia in Comparative Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland 99-127 (2017)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43243-4_5
Co-authors John Anderson

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) [C1]
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, 25 223-244 (2016) [C1]
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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $97,887

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20172 grants / $97,887

Early Career HDR Scholarship$93,387

Competitive grant for promising supervisors of prospective HDR candidates.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme Early Career Higher Degree By Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Publishing Grant$4,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

Faculty of Business and Law Publishing Grant

Scheme Faculty of Business and Law Publishing Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Mentality of Justice: A Discursive Study of the Governance of Mentally Ill Offenders Within the Australian Criminal Justice System. PhD (Law), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Research Projects

Lawfare, Standing and Environmental Discourse: A Phronetic Analysis 2017

This research examines recent changes to Commonwealth environmental legislation altering the standing rules in public interest litigation cases. The paper uses the Adani Coal Mine as the exemplar of the ways in which discourse and law interact. The project is a collaboration with Dr Jeff McGee at the University of Tasmania.


Self-Responsibility, Biopolitics and Front of Pack Food Labelling 2017

This project examines the law, regulation and impact of food packaging labels. The project is being co-authored and researched with Associate Professor Jay Sanderson at the University of the Sunshine Coast. (Paper completed, submitted and under review)


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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 X-530
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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