Adjunct Professor Lisa Strelein

Adjunct scholar

PhD (The Australian National University)
LLB (Murdoch University)
BCom (Murdoch University)

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Professor Lisa Strelein is an Adjunct Professor at NCIS and the Director of Research – Indigenous Country and Governance, which includes Director of the Native Title Research Unit (NTRU), at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Lisa was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the Law program, Research School of Social Sciences (The Australian National University), for her thesis examining Indigenous sovereignty and the common law. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from Murdoch University of Western Australia.


Lisa's research and publications have focused on the relationship between indigenous peoples and the state, and the role of the courts in defining indigenous peoples' rights. Lisa has made a significant contribution to academic debate on native title in Australia, including her recent book Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases since Mabo. Now in its second edition, the book was heralded by members of the judiciary and indigenous community alike. She also writes for a wide variety of audiences and has worked with teams in creating a catalogue for a native title art exhibition and an award-winning multi-media package on native title.

Lisa maintains strong networks within the native title system, conducting research projects in partnership with or in response to the needs of native title representative bodies and claimants as well as government departments. She is the convenor of the annual National Native Title Conference, which remains the leading annual indigenous policy conference in Australia.

Scholarly interests

Lisa's current research projects are focused on the core research projects of the NTRU and include:

  • Prescribed Bodies Corporate and the enjoyment of native title rights after a determination
  • Taxation and the distribution of benefits from native title agreements
  • Agreements and broader land settlements between indigenous peoples and governments
  • The jurisprudence of native title and current native title policy and practice
  • The philosophical foundations of Indigenous peoples engagement with the state.

Recent publications

  • Strelein L.M (ed) (2010) Dialogue about Land Justice: papers from the national native title conference. AIATSIS: Canberra.
  • Strelein L.M. (2010) ‘Introduction: The legacy of Mabo's case’. In: Strelein, L.M. (ed) Dialogue about Land Justice: papers from the national native title conference. Aboriginal Studies Press: Canberra.
  • Strelein, L.M. (2010) ‘Symbolism and Function: From native title to indigenous self-government’ (reproduced). In: Strelein, L.M. (ed) Dialogue about Land Justice: papers from the national native title conference. Aboriginal Studies Press: Canberra.
  • Strelein, L. and Weir, J. (2010) ‘Conservation and Human Rights in the Context of Native Title in Australia’. In: Rights Based Approaches: Exploring Issues and Opportunities for Conservation, CIFOR, IUCN and CEESP: Bogor Barat, Indonesia.
  • Strelein, L. (2009) ‘A Captive of Statute’, Reform: Native Title, Issue 93, pp.48–52.
  • Strelein, L. (2009) Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases since Mabo, 2nd edn, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra.
  • Strelein L., (2006) (reproduced) ‘Missed Meanings: The language of sovereignty in the Treaty debate’. In: Read, P., Meyers, G., & Reece, B. (eds) What Good Condition: Reflections on an Australian Aboriginal Treaty 1986-2006. Aboriginal History Monograph 13, ANU E Press, Canberra.
  • Strelein, L.M. (2006) ‘From Mabo to Yorta Yorta: Native Title Law in Australia’. Journal of Law and Policy vol. 19:225-271, special edition entitled ‘International and Comparative Perspectives on Indigenous Rights’.

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