Professor Kirsty Gover


Dr Kirsty Gover was appointed to the faculty in 2009. Her research and publications address the law, policy and political theory of indigenous rights, institutions and jurisdiction. She is interested in the role played by 'indigeneity' in the constitutionalism of settler societies, and in the importance of indigenous concepts of law and politics in settler state political theory and international law. Dr. Gover is the author of Tribal Constitutionalism: States, Tribes and the Governance of Membership (Oxford University Press 2010). She is currently working on a book entitled: When Tribalism meets Liberalism: Political Theory and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), examining the ways in which indigenous self-governance influences the development of international law and international legal theory by altering the behaviours of states. Dr Gover is a graduate of New York University (NYU) JSD Doctoral Program, where she was an Institute for International Law and Justice (IJIL) Graduate Scholar and New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Fellow. She is Co-Director (with Mark McMillan) of Melbourne Law School's Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law Research Program, and Chair of the Staff Equity and Diversity Committee.


The Melbourne JD

Other School and University Responsibilities

Program Director: Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law Research Program

Indigenous Liaison Officer

Chair, Staff Equity and Diversity Committee

Memberships and Affiliations

Law and Society Association

Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law

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