Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, Carwyn holds a BA and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington, an MA from York University, Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous legal traditions, and he has published numerous articles on these topics.
He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, 2016), co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi (Routledge, 2018), a Co-Editor of the Māori Law Review, and a member of the editorial board of MAI Journal. He was a United Nations Indigenous Fellow in 2012 and is a member of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Carwyn also served as a negotiator for his community, Ngā Iwi me ngā Hapū o Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, in the recent settlement of their historical claims against the New Zealand state.