PROF Kirsty Gover

PROF Kirsty Gover


  • Academic, Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and Indigenous People
  • Law and Indigenous People
  • Law and Society
  • Multiculturalism and the Law
  • Native Title Law
  • Post-colonial Theory



  • 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.


Selected publications



Education and training

  • JSD, New York University 2008
  • LLM, Columbia University 2000
  • BA, University of Canterbury 1996
  • LLB, University of Canterbury 1996


Available for supervision

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