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Nationality  Australian
Role  Academic
Name  Greg Craven
Influences  Roman Catholicism

Greg Craven (academic) wwwacueduaudataassetsimage001079741prof
Born  5 March 1958 (age 57) (1958-03-05)
Institutions  Monash University, University of Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University of Technology, Australian Catholic University
Alma mater  University of Melbourne
Books  Conversations with the Constitution: Not Just a Piece of Paper

Education  University of Melbourne

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Gregory Craven (born 5 March 1958), an Australian academic, has been the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Australian Catholic University from January 2008.



Craven was educated at St Kevin's College in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA (1980); a LL.B (1981); and a LL.M (1984).


Craven has researched and written on constitutional law, government, public policy, constitutional history and federalism. He was a leading advocate of republicanism in the leadup to the (eventually unsuccessful) 1999 referendum on the proposed change in Australia from being a constitutional monarchy to a republic. He is also noted as a key Australian Catholic layman opinion on most important issues.

Before joining ACU, he was Foundation Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. He also served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.

Craven has published numerous books and articles, mainly in the field of constitutional law and constitutional history. He is a regular columnist for The Australian newspaper.

Craven has served on a range of public bodies. He chaired the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group and was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council. He currently is a member of the Commonwealth Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) and the Lead Vice-Chancellor for Universities Australia on Quality and Regulation.

Within the Australian Catholic community, Craven is a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Notable published works

An expert in public law, Craven has published numerous journal articles and books.

  • Conversations with the Constitution: not just a piece of paper. 2004. ISBN 978-0-86840-439-4. 
  • Secession: the ultimate states' right. Melbourne University Press. 1986. ISBN 978-0-522-84317-0. 
  • The High Court of Australia: a study in the abuse of power, Alfred Deakin Lecture Trust, 1997, ISBN 978-0-909888-27-5 
  • The Convention debates, 1891-1898: commentaries, indices and guide, Legal Books, 1986, ISBN 978-0-949553-17-1 
  • "A Bill of Rights for Victoria?: some issues", Victorian Parliament. Legal and Constitutional Committee, Government Printer, 1986, ISBN 978-0-7241-4193-7 
  • Craven, G, ed. (1992). Australian federation: towards the second century : a work to mark the centenary of the Australasian Federation Conference held at Parliament House, Melbourne, 6-14 February 1890. Melbourne University Press. 
  • Degrees and Honours

    Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Melbourne (1980) Bachelor of Laws (LlB), University of Melbourne (1981) Master of Laws (LlM), University of Melbourne (1984), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KGCSGG) (2015), Order of Australia (AO) 2017


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