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Dr Brendon Murphy

Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle University


"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 Interest

Criminology , Law, Law and Legal Studies


  • Murphy B. Deceptive apparatus: Foucauldian perspectives on law, authorised crime and the rationalities of undercover investigation. Griffith Law Review. 2016 Apr 2;25(2):223-44.

  • Murphy B. Motor accidents and blood samples in New South Wales. Browser Download This Paper. 2008 Feb 1.

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