1st Edition

Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law

Edited By Irene Watson Copyright 2018
    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For more than 500 years, Indigenous laws have been disregarded. Many appeals for their recognition under international law have been made, but have thus far failed – mainly because international law was itself shaped by colonialism. How, this volume asks, might international law be reconstructed, so that it is liberated from its colonial origins?

    With contributions from critical legal theory, international law, politics, philosophy and Indigenous history, this volume pursues a cross-disciplinary analysis of the international legal exclusion of Indigenous Peoples, and of its relationship to global injustice. Beyond the issue of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, however, this analysis is set within the broader context of sustainability; arguing that Indigenous laws, philosophy and knowledge are not only legally valid, but offer an essential approach to questions of ecological justice and the co-existence of all life on earth.





    Irene Watson

    1 Aboriginal nations, the Australian nation-state and Indigenous international legal traditions

    Ambellin Kwaymullina

    2 Domination in relation to Indigenous (‘dominated’) Peoples in international law

    Steven Newcomb

    3 The ‘Natural’ Law of Nations: Society and the Exclusion of First Nations as Subjects of International Law

    Marcelle Burns

    4 Long before Munich: the American template for Hitlerian diplomacy

    Ward Churchill

    5 First Nations, Indigenous Peoples: our laws have always been here

    Irene Watson

    5 Law and politics of Indigenous self-determination: the meaning of the right to prior consultation

    Roger Merino

    7 How governments manufacture consent and use it against Indigenous Peoples

    Sharon Venne

    8 ‘Kill the Indian in the child’: genocide in international law

    Tamara Starblanket




    Irene Watson belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk and Boandik First Nations Peoples. She is a Professor of Law at the University of South Australia.

     "This book brings together an impressive array of newer and established scholars and thinkers in a thought-provoking, insightful and challenging volume." - Aziz Choudry