Dr Coel Kirkby

  • Dr Coel Kirkby

Research Fellow
McKenzie Fellow
Fellow (The Melbourne JD)

+61 3 83442364 | coel.kirkby@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0754


Languages spoken: English, French

BA (Hons) & LLB (Queen's), LLM (McGill), PhD (Cambridge) Dr Kirkby has published on comparative constitutional law, legal theory and British imperial history. He has two current projects. The first is a monograph on the history of the political and practice of 'native' rule in the late British Empire. The second, his McKenzie project, is a comparative study of the colonial legacies shaping indigenous self-government in the modern constitutions of Australia and Canada compared with India and South Africa. He has also assisted in constitution-making processes for Fiji and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before joining Melbourne, Dr Kirkby was an Endeavour Fellow at the University of New South Wales.


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