Dr Fleur Adcock

Honorary Research Fellow

PhD (The Australian National University)
LLM (Distinction) (Victoria University of Wellington)
LLB (First Class Honours) (University of Canterbury)
BA (University of Canterbury)
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

T +61 2 6125 0092

E fleur.adcock@anu.edu.au


Dr Fleur Adcock joined NCIS as an Honorary Research Fellow in 2016 after leaving as a member of NCIS staff, Fleur was a doctoral scholar with NCIS, graduating with her PhD in July 2014. Her doctoral dissertation, titled 'The United Nations Special Procedures and Indigenous Peoples: A Regulatory Analysis', explored how the international human rights system regulates state behaviour towards Indigenous peoples. Fleur also holds a Master of Laws with Distinction from the Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Maori Studies) from the University of Canterbury. Fleur was admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2003.


Fleur is from Aotearoa New Zealand and is both Maori (Ngati Mutunga) and English. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies and joining the NCIS staff, Fleur spent several years practising as a solicitor in New Zealand and as in-house legal counsel in the United Kingdom. Fleur's legal experience includes assisting in the negotiation of historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements between Maori and the New Zealand Government. Fleur's teaching experience includes tutoring in the ANU College of Law's undergraduate 'Indigenous Australians and the Law' and 'Lawyers, Justice and Ethics' courses.

In 2015, Fleur is convening the Master of Laws course 'Indigenous Peoples and International Law' in the ANU College of Law.

Scholarly interests

Fleur's research interests include Indigenous peoples' rights, international human rights law, constitutional law, theories of social regulation and critical theories.

Research outputs: most recent

  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Leveraging the UN Special Procedures to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples', in: A. Erueti (ed.), Aotearoa and Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Theory and Practice, Victoria University Press, Wellington (forthcoming) pp:xxx. BOOK CHAPTER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Diluted control: a critical analysis of the Wai 262 report on Māori traditional knowledge and culture', in: M. Rimmer (ed.), Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton (Mass.), 2015, pp:497–516. BOOK CHAPTER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Creativity calls: Designing a monitoring body for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples', Live Encounters, 1 December 2015. Retrieved 01 Dec 2015. ONLINE CONTENT.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Aotearoa (New Zealand)', in: C. Mikkelsen (ed.), The Indigenous World 2015, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Copenhagen, 2015, pp:225-232. BOOK CHAPTER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Realizing Indigenous self-governance: The domestic influence of the right to self-government in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples', presented at the Law and Society Association 2015 Annual Meeting on 29 May 2015. Westin, Seattle, U.S.A. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Los procedimientos especiales de la ONU y los pueblos indígenas: Un estudio de caso de Guatemala [‘The UN special procedures and indigenous peoples: A case study of Guatemala’]', Revista Análisis de la Realidad Nacional, Vol.4, Iss.11, 2015, pp:137-157. JOURNAL ARTICLE.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Unpacking the Special Procedures’ influence: The actors, principles and mechanisms', presented at the Faculty of Law staff seminar series as an Invited Paper on 31 March 2015. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. LECTURE.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Indigenous self-governance: The influence of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples', presented at the Indigenous Legal Research Workshop (6-7 February 2015) on 6 February 2015. Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'The limitations of the current International Human Rights law system in regard to monitoring of rights? Does it encourage “Rights Ritualism”?', presented at the presessional paper for the international Expert Group Meeting on the theme ‘Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ (28-29 January 2015) on 28 January 2015. United Nations Headquarters, New York. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Adcock, Fleur, 'Realising Indigenous rights through the United Nations: The domestic influence of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples', presented at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, “Producing Anthropology” on 5 December 2014. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel & Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, USA (3-7 December 2014). CONFERENCE PAPER.

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