Greg Marks

Greg Marks

BA (UNSW), Dip ED (Sydney University), M.Int.Law (ANU)


Research Interests

Indigenous peoples rights in international law


Greg Marks is a Canberra-based consultant specialising in international human rights law, including Indigenous rights, native title and land rights. He has worked in education, international labour standards, bilateral and multilateral international development and Indigenous policy. He has represented Australia in bilateral development assistance negotiations and at meetings of UN agencies including UNICEF and the International Labour Organisation, and has represented ATSIC at the UN Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and at the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Greg Marks has authored a number of submissions to UN treaty bodies, published articles and reviews on the origins of international law and its relation to European colonial expansion, the work of the UN Human Rights treaty bodies in monitoring compliance with international norms, international practice in benchmarking programs in a human rights context, and native title and land rights issues. He is a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, convenor of that Branch’s Indigenous Rights Committee, and Rapporteur of The ILA International Committee on Indigenous Rights.


G Marks, ‘Australia, Indigenous Rights and International Law’, (2006) 6 Indigenous Law Bulletin, (based on presentation made to 72nd ILA Conference Toronto 2006. See:

G Marks, (Book review) “Frontier Justice – a history of the Gulf country to 1900” by Tony Roberts, Indigenous Law Bulletin, May/June 2005, Volume 6 (11)

G Marks, “Australia, the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Indigenous Rights”, Indigenous Law Bulletin, November 2004, Volume 6(7).

G Marks, The Value of a Benchmarking Framework to the Reduction of Indigenous Disadvantage in the Law and Justice area, Background Paper No 3, Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, June 2004.

G Marks, “International Law and Indigenous Peoples” in The Library of Essays in International Law (Ashgate Publishing 2003).

G Marks, “Avoiding the International Spotlight: Australia, Indigenous Rights and the UN Treaty Bodies” Spring 2002 University of Nottingham, Human Rights Law Review.

G Marks, “Indigenous Rights and the Origins of International Law”, Australian Indigenous Law Reporter Vol 5 No 2 July 2000.

G Marks, “Law, Theology and Justice in the Spanish Colonies” Australian Journal of Law and History Vol 4 No 2 1998

G Marks, Race Discrimination and Indigenous Issues. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society for International Law, June 1998

G Marks, Indigenous Rights in International Law: The Significance of Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolome de Las Casas Australian Year Book of International Law 1993

Reports (written or edited)

Arrangements for Indigenous affairs – facilitating Indigenous access to government services, for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2006.

The delivery of essential services to outstations and smaller communities in the Northern Territory for DIMIA, June 2005.

Native Title and Agreement Making: A Comparative Study for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2003.

Benchmarking Reconciliation and Human Rights for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2002.

Report of the Sydney Regional Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Racism, for the UN World Conference against Racism. ATSIC 2001.

Building on Land Rights for the Next Generation - A guide to the Report by John Reeves on the Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. ATSIC 1999.

Native Title Amendment Bill - Issues for Indigenous Peoples. ATSIC 1997.

The Ten Point Plan on Wik and Native Title. ATSIC 1997.

ILO Convention 169 - Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, 1989 - Commonwealth Law and Practice Report. Department of Industrial Relations 1995.

Partners in Productivity - Report on Australian tripartite industrial relations mission to Japan. Department of Industrial Relations 1992.

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