Professor Kirsty Gover

  • Associate Professor Kirsty Gover

    ARC Future Fellow

+61 3 8344 7960 | | Room 0944


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

Kirsty Gover is a first generation New Zealander who grew up on Kati Mamoe-Ngai Tahu land. She teaches and writes about domestic and international law affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Her recent research addresses the law, policy and political theory of Indigenous rights and jurisdiction. In particular, she is interested in the transformative promise of Indigenous legal traditions, and their importance in the reform of settler-state political theory and law. Kirsty is the author of Tribal Constitutionalism: States, Tribes and the Governance of Membership (Oxford University Press, 2011) and is working on a book entitled When Tribalism Meets Liberalism: Political Theory and International Law (Oxford University Press). She was appointed to the Melbourne Law School faculty as a Senior Lecturer in 2009, and is a graduate of New York University JSD Doctoral Program, where she was an Institute for International Law and Justice Graduate Scholar and a New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Fellow.


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