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Kirsten Anker

Assistant Professor

3690 Peel Street 
Room 304
Montreal Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-8147 [Office]
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kirsten [dot] anker [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Kirsten Anker teaches in the areas of property and Aboriginal peoples and the law, and has research interests that combine property, Aboriginal title, legal theory, translation studies, anthropology, education, evidence, and alternative dispute resolution. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Unofficial Law of Native Title: Recognition of Legal Pluralism in Australia", explores various aspects of claiming Native (Aboriginal) Title as a way to inspire a re-imagination of law.

With undergraduate degrees from the University of Sydney in Physics and Law, Professor Anker was a Boulton Fellow at McGill in 2004. She is currently one of the principal researchers on a project in partnership between McGill Faculty of Law and Justice Canada, investigating the inclusion of Indigenous legal traditions in the Transsystemic Legal Education program at McGill.


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2007-

Visiting Lecturer, London School of Economics Faculty of Law, 2006

Boulton Fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2004

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, 2000-2003

Instructor, AUSAID Indonesia/Australia Specialist Training Project in Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, 2000-2001


PhD University of Sydney
LLB University of Sydney
BSc University of Sydney, Physics

Areas of interest

Property law, Aboriginal peoples and the law, legal theory, law and social science, law and language

Selected publications


The Unofficial Law of Indigenous Rights: Legal Pluralism and Postcolonial Jurisprudence (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2014) (forthcoming)

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

‘The Truth in Painting: Cultural Artefacts as Proof of Native Title’ in Eve Darian-Smith ed, Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) (forthcoming)
‘Aboriginal Rights and the Civilian Imagination’ in Les intraduisible en droit civil (Montreal: Thémis, 2013) (forthcoming)
‘Teaching “Indigenous Peoples and the Law”: Whose Law?’ (2008) 33:3 Alternative LJl 132
‘The Truth in Painting: Cultural Artefacts as Proof of Native Title’ (2005) 9 Law Text Culture 91
‘Law in the Present Tense: Continuity and Tradition in The Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Community v Victoria’ (2004) 28 Melbourne University LR 1
‘Possessing Star Qualities: Celebrity Identity as Property’ (2002) 11 Griffith LR
with Catherine Dauvergne, Mark Findlay and Jenni Millbank, ‘An Evaluation of “Small Group” Teaching at the University of Sydney’ (2000) 11 Legal Ed R 97

Books chapters

"Symptoms of Sovereignty? Apologies, Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation in Australia and Canada" in Peer Zumbansen and Ruth Buchanen (eds), Law in Transition: Human Rights, Development and Transitional Justice (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011; forthcoming).
"The Law of the Other: Exploring the Paradox of Legal Pluralism in Australian Native Title" in Pierre Lagayette (ed), Dealing with the Other: Australia's Faces and Interfaces (Paris: Sorbonne University Press, 2008)

Book Reviews

‘Book Review: Aboriginal Title and Indigenous Peoples: Canada, Australia and New Zealand’ (2012) 85 Pacific Affairs 446
‘We, the Nomads: A Review of Lawscape: Property, Environment, Law’ (2011) 7 McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy 233
"The Promise of Encounter: Recent Research in 'Native Studies' from University of British Columbia Press" (2009) 43

Journal of Canadian Studies 222.


Indigenous Legal Traditions and Indian Residential Schools: Law, Sovereignty and Reconciliation in Translation (May 2013) Working Paper prepared for the Canadian Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission
‘Land,’ McGill Companion to Law (June 2012): compagnon.mcgill.ca/entry_land.html

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