Claire Charters


Claire is from Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi and Tainui. Claire’s primary area of research is in Indigenous peoples’ rights in international and constitutional law, often with a comparative focus. Her PhD thesis examined the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ norms under international law, which will also be the focus of a book contracted to Cambridge University Press and due for publication in 2017.  Claire is currently working on articles focused on courts’ approaches to Indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and the relationship between politics and the law, the jurisprudence and contribution of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to international law and on theory associated with Indigenous peoples and the law in a collaboration with scholars from the National University of Singapore, University of Victoria and University of Melbourne. Claire has typically combined her academic research and teaching with advocacy for the rights of Indigenous peoples at the domestic and international levels. In 2016 Claire was appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly to advise him on enhancing Indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations. From 2010-2013 Claire worked for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, focusing on the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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