Dr Michael Grewcock


Grad.Dip.Legal Practice (UTS)

MA (Refugee Studies) (UEL)


Dr Michael Grewcock is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. For more information please see Dr Grewcock's Faculty profile.

Brief overview

Having worked as a solicitor and researcher in London for 13 years,  Michael Grewcock returned to UNSW in 2004 to complete a PhD. He has taught criminology and criminal law on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs since 2006.

Areas of expertise

State Crime; Border Policing; Criminal Law; Criminal Justice and Criminology.


Friend of the International State Crime Initiative: http://www.statecrime.org

Editorial Board and Reviews Editor, State Crime

Editorial Advisory Group, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice

Profile Picture

Brown D; Farrier D; McNamara L; Steel A; Grewcock M; Quilter J; Schwartz M; Anthony T; Loughnan A, 2020, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales, Federation Press, Sydney, https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760021795

Brown D; Farrier D; McNamara L; Grewcock M; Quilter J; Steel A; Schwartz M, 2015, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of NSW, 6th Edition, Federation Press, Sydney

Journal articles

Grewcock M, 2018, 'Introduction: Mapping the contours of state crime and colonialism', State Crime Journal, vol. 7, pp. 167 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.7.2.0167

Grewcock M, 2018, 'Settler-Colonial Violence, Primitive Accumulation and Australia's Genocide', State Crime, vol. 7, pp. 222 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.7.2.0222

Sentas V; Grewcock M, 2018, 'Criminal law as police power: Serious crime, unsafe protest and risks to public safety', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, pp. 75 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i3.554

Grewcock MJ, 2017, ''Our lives is in danger': Manus Island and the end of asylum', Race and Class, vol. 59, pp. 70 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306396817717860

Grewcock M, 2014, 'Australian border policing: Regional 'solutions' and neocolonialism', Race and Class, vol. 55, pp. 71 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306396813509197

Grewcock MJ, 2014, 'Back to the Future: Australian Border Policing Under Labor, 2007-2013', State Crime, vol. 3, pp. 102 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/statecrime.3.1.0102

Grewcock MJ, 2013, 'Australia's ongoing border wars', Race and Class, vol. 54, pp. 10 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306396812464010

Grewcock M, 2012, 'Reviews Round-up', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 45, pp. 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865811432817

Grewcock M, 2011, 'Reviews round-up', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 44, pp. 328 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865811405275

Grewcock MJ, 2011, 'Punishment, deportation and parole: the detention and removal of former prisoners under section 501 Migration Act 1958', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 44, pp. 56 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865810392866

Book Chapters

Grewcock M, 2019, 'Criminological perspectives on migration crime: the policing of people smuggling and the abuse of refugees', in Mitsilegas V; Moiseienko A; Hufnagel S (ed.), Research Handbook on Transnational Organised Crime, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 199 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781784719449

Grewcock MJ, 2018, 'Bordering on Denial: State Persecution, Border Controls and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis', in Bhatia M; Poynting S; Tufail W (ed.), Media, Crime and Racism, Springer, Basingstoke, pp. 161 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71776-0_9

Grewcock M, 2018, 'Immigration Detention and the Limits of Human Rights', in Stanley E (ed.), Human Rights and Incarceration: Critical Explorations, edn. Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 103 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95399-1_5

Grewcock M, 2017, 'Transnational organised crime, border policing, and refugees', in The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, pp. 299 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55747-2_20

Grewcock MJ, 2016, 'The Death of Reza Barati and the Violence of Australian Border Policing', in Stubbs J; Tomsen S (ed.), Australian Violence: Crime, Criminal Justice and Beyond, The Federation Press, Annandale

Grewcock MJ, 2016, ''Australian Border Policing, the Detention of Children and State Crime'', in Weber L; Fishwick E; Marmo M (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, Routledge, Abingdon., Routledge, pp. 157 - 168

Grewcock MJ, 2015, 'Australian border policing and the production of state harm', in Barak G (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful, Routledge, Australia, pp. 331 - 347, https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415741262

Grewcock MJ, 2014, 'Reinventing "the stain" - bad character and criminal deportation in contemporary Australia', in Pickering S; Ham J (ed.), The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration, Routledge, pp. 121 - 138, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415823944/

Grewcock MJ; Weber L, 2012, 'Criminalising People Smuggling: Preventing or Globalizing Harm?', in Allum F; Gilmour S (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime, edn. Original, Routledge, London, pp. 379 - 390, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415579797/


Grewcock M; Sentas V, 2019, Rethinking Strip Searches by NSW Police, UNSW Law, Sydney, https://rlc.org.au/sites/default/files/attachments/Rethinking-strip-searches-by-NSW-Police-web.pdf

McAdam J; Grewcock M; Williams G, 2012, Submission No 1 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory Minimum Penalties) Bill 2012 (February 2012), Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory M


Grewcock M, 2020, Review of No Friend but the Moutains by Behrouz Boochani, SAGE Publications, London

Grewcock M (ed.), 2018, 'Mapping the Contours of State Crime and Colonialism', Pluto Journals, London, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/statecrime.7.2.0167

Criminology, Criminal law, Police Powers, State Crime, Forced Migration and Border Policing, Penology

Teaching Activity