Dr Elyse Methven is a Lecturer in criminal law at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She recently completed her PhD on offensive language crimes and the relationship between law and language. Elyse also researches the intersection between criminal law and immigration powers.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2015–2016
    Associate lecturer, Macquarie University
  • 2011–2015
    Associate lecturer, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2017 
    UTS, Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
  • 2008 
    UTS, Bachelor of Laws (Hons.)


  • 2017
    Offensive Language Crimes in Law, Media, and Popular Culture, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • 2016
    'Weeds of our own Making': Language Ideologies, Swearing and the Criminal Law, Law in Context
  • 2016
    Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • 2015
    We will decide who comes to this country, and how they behave: A critical reading of the asylum seeker Code of Behaviour, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2014
    'A Very Expensive Lesson': Counting the Costs of Penalty Notices for Anti-social Behaviour, Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Early career research grant
    Associate Lecturer
    Funding Source:
    Macquarie University
  • 2011
    Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholarship
    Doctoral student
    Funding Source:
    University of Technology Sydney