Megan Davis

Megan Davis is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, UNSW, and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law and Justice.

She is the Chair of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples based in Geneva and has served as a UN human rights expert for over a decade. She has been the leading constitutional lawyer on First Nations recognition in the Australian Constitution since 2011 and served on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Indigenous constitutional recognition in 2011 and the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council in 2015–17.

In 2021 she was named co-recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of her work on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


The long road to Uluru

EssayUluru is a game changer. The response of ordinary Australians to the Statement has been overwhelming…a rallying call to the Australian people to “walk with us in a movement…for a better future".

Listening but not hearing

EssayABORIGINAL AFFAIRS – ONCE the subject of Australian innovation in policy and law reform attended to by the routine scrutiny of an informed and inquisitive Fourth Estate – are no more. Gone is the sophisticated knowledge of the William...

A woman’s place …

EssayTHE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S commitment to establish a new Indigenous national representative body provides Indigenous Australia with a unique opportunity to galvanise the potential of liberal democracy to reshape the way we do business, both with the state and with...

Speaking up

EssayThe modern Australian incarnation of truth-telling that emerged from the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017 came not from dictatorship and civil war, as had truth-telling in the Latin American ‘radical democracies’ of the 1990s, which pioneered transitional justice. Instead, it derived from local people devising local solutions.

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