Professor Kirsty Gover

ARC Future Fellow

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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.

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

Teaching (2023)

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