An expert in public law, Professor Craven has published numerous journal articles and four books, including Conversations with the Constitution (University of New South Wales Press, 2004). A regular contributor to public debate, he is a columnist for the Australian Financial Review.
Professor Craven is Deputy Chairman of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Vice-President of the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) Executive Committee, and Chair of the Universities Australia Standing Committee on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Universities Australia is the peak body representing Australian universities.
Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Craven served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, where he also held the position of Professor of Government and Constitutional Law, having previously served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.
Professor Craven was Foundation Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Reader in Law at the University of Melbourne. He also served as Crown Counsel to the Victorian Government from 1992-95.
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