Dr Kirsti Samuels

Dr Kirsti Samuels1999 Menzies Scholar in Law

BSc, University of Sydney (1995).
LLB (H1), University of Sydney (1997).
Bachelor of Civil Laws, Magdalen College, Oxford (2000).
DPhil in International Law, Magdalen College, Oxford (2005): Thesis supervised by Sir Frank Berman considered the legality of civil conflicts and the impact of Security Council practice on International Law.

Current position

Consultant, Peacebuilding & Constitution-Building

Constitutional, Legislative & Anti-corruption Advisor (Global Justice Project: Iraq, University of Utah Law School, Baghdad, Iraq, June 2009-current)


Career history

Senior Program Manager, Constitution Building Processes (International IDEA,
Stockholm) (2007-2008)

International Peace Academy (IPA), New York City - an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development.

Head of the State-Building Program (IPA) that considered the legitimacy and effectiveness of international state-building efforts (2004-2005).

Lecturership in Criminal and Contracts Law at University College (2001-2002).

Member of the Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, Paris (1999).
Clerked for the Honourable Justice Michael McHugh of the Australian High Court (1998).

Solicitor (Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers, Sydney (1997).

A placement with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department in the Human Rights Branch in Canberra, Australia (1996).


March 2010