Professor Michael Crommelin AO

Professor Emeritus
Zelman Cowen Professor of Law

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Michael Crommelin is Zelman Cowen Professor of Law in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. He holds the degrees of BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland, and LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia. He was Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 1989 to 2002, from 2003 until 2007, and in 2010.

He has held several visiting academic appointments as Walter Owen Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia in 1987, Group of Eight Visiting Professor of Australian Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 2002-3, Visiting Professor in the School of Law at the University of Virginia in 2008, Visiting Professor in l’Institut de droit comparé at l’Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II in 2009, and Visiting Professor in the Peter A Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2017.

He was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 1969, has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1998, and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2010. He has served on committees of legal professional bodies including the Council of the Section on Energy and Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Resources, Energy and Environment Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. In 1976 he was a foundation member of AMPLA, a not-for-profit professional organisation for energy and resources lawyers, was its president in 1985-6, and is now a life member.

His teaching and research interests are in constitutional law, mineral law and petroleum law. He teaches several courses in the Melbourne JD and the Melbourne Law Masters programs including Constitutional Law (JD), Mineral and Petroleum Law (MLM) and Resources Joint Ventures (MLM).

In 2009 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the law and legal education.

Recent publications

  • Tenure, Title and Property in Geological Storage of Greenhouse Gas in Australia, in Havercroft, Macrory and Stewart (eds), Carbon Capture and Storage: Emerging Legal and Regulatory Issues (Oxford and Portland: Hart Publishing, 2nd ed, 2018), 231
  • The Federal Principle, in Saunders and Stone (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution (Oxford: OUP, 2018), 853

Memberships and affiliations

  • American Law Institute
  • Council of Legal Education (Victoria)
  • Panel of International Referees, Singapore Academy of Law
  • International Advisory Panel, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law

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