Megan Hirst

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Megan Hirst

Megan Hirst specialises in international crime, public international law and human rights.


She qualified as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2006. She worked as a judge’s associate in the Federal Court of Australia and taught international human rights law at the University of Queensland.


In 2005 Megan left Australia to gain experience in the international field, particularly in the areas of transitional justice and rule of law development. She spent several years in East Timor, where she first served as an international legal advisor to the national truth commission. Later she worked in the East Timor office of the International Center for Transitional Justice in which capacity she monitored and advised national institutions regarding their responses to past international crimes (including prosecutions, truth commissions and reparations). Megan continues her involvement in East Timor through consulting work in the justice sector there. She has carried out research and policy development work in the area of access to justice and works with local Timorese organizations which aim to strengthen judicial responses to domestic and sexual violence.


Prior to coming to the bar Megan spent six years employed at international criminal tribunals in The Hague. There she worked at the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, specialising in victims' participation and reparations. Megan is currently one of a team of lawyers representing victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army before the International Court in the case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen



“Victims’ Participation and Reparations in International Criminal Proceedings”, in Scott Sheeran and Sir Nigel Rodley (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2013).


“Children and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in Timor-Leste”, 2009, UNICEF Innocenti Expert papers on children and transitional justice (co-authored with Ann Linnarsson).


“An Unfinished Truth: An Analysis of the Commission of Truth and Friendship’s Final Report on the 1999 Atrocities in East Timor”, International Center for Transitional Justice, Occasional Paper Series, March 2009.


“Too Much Friendship, Too Little Truth: Monitoring Report on the Commission of Truth and Friendship in Indonesia and Timor-Leste”, International Center for Transitional Justice, Occasional Paper Series, January 2008.


“Justice Abandoned? An Assessment of the Serious Crimes Process in East Timor”, International Center for Transitional Justice, Occasional Paper Series, June 2005 (co-authored with Howard Varney).


“X v The Commonwealth: Inherent Requirements and the HIV Soldier: casualties of the anti-discrimination battlefield?” University of Queensland Law Journal, vol.21, no.1 (2000), 102.


LLM (International law) (1st), University of Cambridge (2002)

LLB (1st Class Honours), University of Queensland (2000)

BA (History) (1st Class Honours), University of Queensland (2000)



Scholarships and Prizes 

Russell Vick Prize, Jesus College, University of Cambridge - best performance by an LLM student at Jesus College (2002) 

Commonwealth Scholarship (2001)

University Medal, LLB, University of Queensland (2000)

University Medal, BA, University of Queensland (2000)





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