Professor Kirsty Gover


B.A./L.L.B. (hons) (Canterbury), L.L.M. (Columbia), J.S.D. (NYU).

Programme Director, Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law.

Professor Kirsty Gover was appointed to the Melbourne Law School faculty in 2009. Her research and publications address the law, policy and political theory of Indigenous rights, institutions and jurisdiction. She is interested in in the importance of Indigenous concepts of law and politics in settler state political theory, constitutionalism and international law. Professor 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), examining the ways in which indigenous self-governance influences the development of international law and international legal theory by altering the behaviours of states. Professor 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 Chair of Melbourne Law School's Reconciliation and Recognition Committee, Graduate Research Coordinator and Director of Melbourne Law School's Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law Research Program.

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