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Indigenous Peoples and the Law

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ISBN 9780415640213
Published February 12, 2019 by Routledge
1522 Pages


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Despite the fact that the appropriation of land and resources of the so-called New World necessarily involved the dispossession and exploitation (and, sometimes, genocide) of the original inhabitants of colonized nations, it was not until the late twentieth century that Indigenous Peoples attained any meaningful degree of legal recognition in both national and international spheres. Until then Indigenous Peoples (also known as ‘First Nations’ and ‘First Peoples’) were routinely denied any form of juridical identity.

Research in and around Indigenous Peoples and the Law is now very wide-ranging and flourishes as never before. But much of the relevant literature remains inaccessible or is highly specialized and compartmentalized, so that it is difficult for many of those who are interested in the subject to obtain an informed, balanced, and comprehensive overview. This new four-volume collection meets the need for an authoritative anthology to make sense of the subject’s vast and dispersed literature and the continuing explosion in research output. Drawing on a wide variety of materials from a broad range of disciplines and theoretical approaches, the collection gathers canonical and cutting-edge major works in a ‘one-stop’ resource to enable users to understand how the law Indigenous Peoples encounter has been transformed from an oppressive, rights-denying system to a site of contestation and for the articulation of claims.

The collection includes a full index and is supplemented by introductions to each volume, newly written by the editors, which place the gathered materials in their historical and intellectual context. Indigenous Peoples and the Law is an essential reference work which will be valued as a vital resource by students, scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners.

Table of Contents

Volume 1



  1. Robert J. Miller and Jacinta Ruru, ‘An Indigenous Lens into Comparative Law: The Doctrine of Discovery in the United States and New Zealand’, Western Virginia Law Review, 111, 2008, 849-916.
  2. R. A. Williams Jr., ‘Introduction’, in The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (Oxford University Press, 1992), pp. 3-9.
  3. Kent McNeil, ‘A Question of Title: Has the Common Law Been Misapplied to Dispossess the Aboriginals’, Monash University Law Review, 16, 1990, 91-110.
  4. H. Reynolds, ‘Who Was in Possession’, in The Law of the Land (Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Books Australia, 1987), pp. 7-29.
  5. Antony Anghie, ‘Francisco de Vitoria and the Colonial Origins of International Law’, Social Legal Studies, 5, 1996, 321 -336.
  6. Patrick Wolfe, ‘Corpus Nullius: The Exception of Indians and Other Aliens in US Constitutional Discourse’, Postcolonial Studies, 10, 2, 2007, 127-151.
  7. Julie Evans, ‘Where Lawlessness is Law: The Settler-colonial Frontier as a Legal Space of Violence’, Australian Feminist Law Journal, 30, 1, 2009, 3-22.
  8. C. F. Black, ‘My Camp’, in The Land is the Source of the Law: A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2010), 3-9.
  9. J. Borrows, ‘with or Without You’, in Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Toronto, Canada; University of Toronto Press, 2002), 3-28.
  10. M. Jackson, ‘Justice and Political Power: Reasserting Maori Legal Processes’, in Kayleen M. Hazlehurst (ed.), Legal Pluralism and the Colonial Legacy: Indigenous Experiences of Justice in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (Brookfield, VT: Avebury, 1995), pp. 243-264.
  11. James W. Zion and Robert Yazzie, ‘Indigenous Law in North America in the Wake of Conquest’, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, 20, 1, 1997, 55-84.
  12. Irene Watson, ‘Power of the Muldarbi, the Road to its Demise’, Australian Feminist Law Journal, 11, 1, 1998, 28-45.
  13. Carwyn Jones, ‘The Scope and Significance of Māori Legal History’, Te Pouhere Korero 3, 2009, 45-62.
  14. Val Napoleon, ‘Tsilhqot'in Law of Consent’, UBC Law Review, 48, 2015, 873-899.



    Volume 2



  16. J. G. A. Pocock, ‘Law, Sovereignty and History in a Divided Culture: The Case of New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi’, McGill, Law Journal, 43, 1997, 481-506.
  17. Vine Deloria Jr., ‘Reserving to Themselves: Treaties and the Powers of Indian Tribes’, Arizona Law Review, 38, 1996, 963-980.
  18. R. C. Harris, ‘Native Space’, in Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (University of British Columbia Press, 2011), 265-292.
  19. Erik N. Olund, ‘From Savage Space to Governable Space: The Extension of United States Judicial Sovereignty Over Indian Country in the Nineteenth Century’, Cultural Geographies, 9, 2, 2002, 129-157.
  20. Eve Marie Garroutte, ‘The Racial Formation of American Indians: Negotiating Legitimate Identities within Tribal and Federal Law’, The American Indian Quarterly, 25, 2, 2001, 224-239.
  21. J. McCorquodale, ‘The Legal Classification of Race in Australia’, Aboriginal History, 10, 1/2,1986, 7-24.
  22. Hanri Mostert and Peter Fitzpatrick, ‘"Living in the Margins of History on the Edge of the Country" – Legal Foundation and the Richtersveld Community's Title to Land (Part 1)’, Journal of South African Law, 309, 2004, 309-323.
  23. Alexandra Xanthaki, ‘Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in South-East Asia’, Melbourne Journal of International Law, 4, 2003, 467-496.
  24. Henry Minde, ‘Sami Land Rights in Norway: A Test Case for Indigenous Peoples’, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 8, 2, 2001, 107-125.
  25. J. Youngblood Henderson, ‘Unraveling the Riddle of Aboriginal Title’, American Indian Law Review, 5, 1, 1977, 75-137.
  26. Jeremy Sarkin and Amelia Cook, ‘Human Rights of the San (Bushmen) of Botswana-The Clash of the Rights of Indigenous Communities and their Access to Water with the Rights of the State to Environmental Conservation and Mineral Resource Exploitation’, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 20, 2010, 1-40.
  27. Gerry Simpson, ‘Mabo, International Law, Terra Nullius and the Stories of Settlement: An Unresolved Jurisprudence’, Melbourne University Law Review, 19, 1993, 195-211.
  28. James D. K. Morris and Jacinta Ruru, ‘Giving Voice to Rivers: Legal Personality as a Vehicle for Recognising Indigenous Peoples' Relationships to Water?’, Australian Indigenous Law Review, 14, 2, 2010, 49-62.


    Volume 3



  30. V. Deloria and C. M. Lytle, ‘A Status Higher than States’, in The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984), pp. 1-15.
  31. Taiaiake Alfred (Mohawk), ‘Sovereignty’, in Joanne Barker (ed.), Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-determination (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), pp. 33-50. Originally published in Philip J. Deloria and Neal Salisbury (eds), A Companion to American Indian History (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), pp. 460-747.
  32. A. Simpson, ‘Indigenous Nations: Mohawk Nationhood, Citizenship, and The State’, in Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, 2014), pp. 1-36.
  33. Erica-Irene A. Daes, ‘Some Considerations on the Right of Indigenous Peoples to Self-Determination’, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, 3, 1, 1993, 1-12.
  34. Mililani B. Trask, ‘Historical and Contemporary Hawaiian Self-determination: A Native Hawaiian Perspective’, Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, 8, 1991, 77-95.
  35. Siegfried Wiessner, ‘Indigenous Sovereignty: A Reassessment in Light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People’, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 41, 2008, 1141-1176.
  36. Marc Becker, ‘Correa, Indigenous Movements, and the Writing of a New Constitution in Ecuador’, Latin American Perspectives, 38, 1, 2011, 47-62.
  37. Taiaiake Alfred and Jeff Corntassel, ‘Being Indigenous: Resurgences against Contemporary Colonialism’, Government and Opposition, 40, 4, 2005, 597-614.
  38. Kevin Bruyneel, ‘Conclusion: The Third Space of Sovereignty’, in The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of US-Indigenous Relations (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), pp. 217-230.
  39. Erica-Irene A. Daes, ‘Indigenous Peoples and Their Relationship to Land’, Second Progress Report on the Working Paper, UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, E/CN, 4, 2001, para 20-71, pp. 9-23.
  40. Russel Lawrence Barsh, ‘Indigenous Peoples in the 1990s: From Object to Subject of International Law?’, Harvard Human Rights Journal, 7, 1994, 33-86.
  41. S. James Anaya, ‘Indigenous Rights Norms in Contemporary International Law’, Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, 8, 1991, 1-41.
  42. Megan Davis, ‘Indigenous Struggles in Standard-setting: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’, Melbourne Journal of International Law, 9, 2008, 439-471.
  43. S. James Anaya and Robert A. Williams Jr., ‘Protection of Indigenous Peoples' Rights over Lands and Natural Resources under the Inter-American Human Rights System’, Harvard Human Rights Journal, 14, 2001, 33-86
  44. Tara Ward, ‘The Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Indigenous Peoples' Participation Rights within International Law’, Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, 10, 2011, 54-84.



    Volume 4





  46. Heather Douglas, ‘Customary Law, Sentencing and the Limits of the State’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 20, 1, 2005, 141-156.
  47. Gloria Valencia-Weber, ‘Tribal Courts: Custom and Innovative Law’, New Mexico Law Review, 24, 1994, 225-263.
  48. John L. Hammond, ‘Indigenous Community Justice in the Bolivian Constitution of 2009’, Human Rights Quarterly, 33, 3, 2011, 649-681.
  49. Jonathan Rudin, ‘Aboriginal Over-representation and R. v. Gladue: Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We Might Be Going’, Supreme Court Law Review, 40, 2008, 687-713.
  50. Elena Marchetti and Kathleen Daly, ‘Indigenous Sentencing Courts: Towards a Theoretical and Jurisprudential Model’, Sydney Law Review, 29, 2007, 415-443.
  51. Russell Smandych, Robyn Lincoln and Paul Wilson, ‘Toward a Cross-cultural Theory of Aboriginal Crime: A Comparative Study of the Problem of Aboriginal Overrepresentation in the Criminal Justice Systems of Canada and Australia’, International Criminal Justice Review, 3, 1, 1993, 1-24.
  52. Julie Cassidy, ‘The Stolen Generations-Canada and Australia: The Legacy of Assimilation’, Deakin Law Review, 11, 1, 2006, 131-177.
  53. Sarah Deer, ‘Toward an Indigenous Jurisprudence of Rape’, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 14, 2004, 121-154.
  54. Sherene Razack, ‘Tombstone Data’, in Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (University of Toronto Press, 2015), pp.192-210.
  55. T. Janke, ‘The Major Concerns for Indigenous People’, in Our Culture, Our Future: Proposals for Recognition and Protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1997), pp. 19-42.
  56. Rosemary J. Coombe, ‘The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy’, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, 6, 2, 1993, 249-285.
  57. Rosemary L. Nagy, ‘The Scope and Bounds of Transitional Justice and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 7, 1, 2012, 52-73.
  58. Jeff Corntassel and Cindy Holder, ‘Who’s Sorry Now? Government Apologies, Truth Commissions, and Indigenous Self-determination in Australia, Canada, Guatemala, and Peru’, Human Rights Review, 9, 4, 2008, 465-489.


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Mark Harris is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at La Trobe University, Australia.

Denise Ferreira da Silva is Chair in Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.