Ambelin Kwaymullina

Assistant Professor, LLB W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 11 Citations
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Personal profile


I am Aboriginal law academic who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As the Indigenous Advisor at the Law School of the University of Western Australia, I am responsible for mentoring Indigenous law students and for transforming law teaching and research spaces to be respectful and inclusive of Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledges. I am also an award winning writer and illustrator and a commentator on diversity in Australian children's literature.

Roles and responsibilities

LLB (Hons) University of Western Australia

Teaching overview

Ambelin is the Unit Coordinator of Administrative Law (LAWS5102) and Indigenous Peoples and the Law (LAWS2225).


I have a broad range of research interests, reflecting my diverse background and areas of expertise. These interests include public law and all aspects of Indigenous interactions with Western legal actors and institutions, including across the areas of environmental law, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, and Indigenous legal systems. I also have expertise in ethical protocols relating to working with Indigenous peoples across the areas of research, Indigenous engagement, and the Arts.


  • Indigenous peoples and the law
  • Public law
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Indigenous literature
  • Indigenous art
  • Children’s literature
  • Diversity and literature

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Projects 2010 2010

Research Output 2005 2017

Aboriginal Nations, the Australian nation-state and Indigenous international legal traditions

Kwaymullina, A. 2017 Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law. Watson, I. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 5-17

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

A Is For Anteater

Kwaymullina, A. S. T. & Boese, S. 2017 Australia: Omnibus Books.

Research output: Book/ReportBook