Indigenous Peoples and the Law
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Compare the historical and contemporary role of Indigenous legal traditions and legal practices in Australia and other relevant countries.
- Identify and apply in specific contexts, the laws, institutions and policies that affect Indigenous peoples, especially in regard to land rights and environmental management.
- Assess directions for law reform relating to Indigenous peoples.
- Topics to be confirmed prior to subjects commencement.
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No additional requirements
A subject suitable for both law and non-law students, this subject introduces students to Indigenous people’s experience with the legal system in Australia and selected other jurisdictions (United States, Canada and New Zealand), and the interactions between non-Indigenous and Indigenous legal systems. With regard to both the historical and contemporary setting, the subject examines these themes in a variety of contexts including land rights and native title, Indigenous peoples and environmental management, the criminal justice system, and Indigenous ownership of intellectual and cultural property. The subject matter is rapidly changing, and new issues such as the negotiation of a treaty in Australia between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and constitutional law reform to give Indigenous peoples a voice in the Commonwealth parliament, are considered. The subject also considers options for law and policy reform in a variety of contexts including the criminal justice system and women’s rights.
- Final exam (40%)
- Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (20%)
- Coursework essay (40%)
Current study term: 10 Jul 22 to 16 Oct 22
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