Guy Fiti Sinclair

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Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law


Teaching in 2020


JSD NYU, LLM(Hons), LLB(Hons), BA Auck


Guy Fiti Sinclair joined the Law Faculty of Victoria University of Wellington in 2014. Prior to this he earned BA, LLB (Hons) and LLM (First Class Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland, and a JSD (Doctor of Juridical Science; PhD equivalent) from New York University. His scholarships and prizes include a Fulbright Graduate Award, the Gordon Watson Scholarship, the Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship in Law, and the Fowlds Memorial Prize (awarded to the most distinguished Masters student in Law at the University of Auckland). Before undertaking his doctoral studies, Guy worked for over ten years as a corporate and commercial lawyer in a variety of private practice and in-house roles. In 2011, he completed an internship with the Legal Department of the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Guy’s principal area of teaching and research is public international law, with a focus on the law of international organisations, the history and theory of international law, and law and global governance. His book, To Reform the World: The Legal Powers of International Organizations and the Making of Modern States, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. In 2016, he was appointed Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) at Melbourne Law School, and in 2017 he was appointed External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. He is an Associate Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law and the Associate Editor of the European Journal of International Law.

Research interests

  • Public international law
  • History and theory of international law
  • International organisations and global governance
  • Colonialism and decolonisation in international law
  • Law and development
  • International human rights law
  • Socio-legal theory

Areas of Supervision

  • International Institutions
  • International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Socio-legal Theory

Selection of publications

To Reform the World: The Legal Powers of International Organizations and the Making of Modern States (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017).

“The International Civil Servant in Theory and Practice: Law, Morality, and Expertise” (2015) 26 European Journal of International Law 747 SSRN.

“State Formation, Liberal Reform, and the Growth of International Organizations” (2015) 26 European Journal of International Law 445 SSRN.

(edited with Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Arie Rosen) Revisiting Van Gend En Loos (Société de Législation Comparée, 2014)

“Don’t Mention the War (on Terror): Framing the Issues and Ignoring the Obvious in the ICJ’s 2005 Armed Activities Decision” (2007) 8 Melbourne Journal of International Law 124 SSRN.

“The Ghosts of Colonialism in Africa: Silences and Shortcomings in the ICJ’s 2005 Armed Activities Decision” (2007) 14 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 121 SSRN.

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Teaching in 2020