The Land is the Source of the Law

A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence

By C.F. Black

© 2011 – Routledge-Cavendish

224 pages

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About the Book

The Land is the Source of Law brings an inter-jurisdictional dimension to the field of indigenous jurisprudence: comparing Indigenous legal regimes in New Zealand, the USA and Australia, it offers a ‘dialogical encounter with an Indigenous jurisprudence’ in which individuals are characterised by their rights and responsibilities into the Land.

Though a relatively "new" field, indigenous jurisprudence is the product of the oldest continuous legal system in the world. Utilising a range of texts – films, novels, poetry, as well as "law stories" CF Black blends legality and narrative in order to redefine jurisprudentia in indigenous terms. This re-definition gives shape to the jurisprudential framework of the book: a shape that is not just abstract, but physical and metaphysical; a shape that is circular and concentric at the same time. The outer circle is the cosmology, so that the human never forgets that they are inside a universe – a universe that has a law. This law is found in the second circle which, whilst resembling the ancient Greek law of physis is a law based on relationship. This is a relationship that orders the placing of the individual in the innermost circle, and which structures their rights and responsibilities into the land. The jurisprudential texts which inform the theoretical framework of this book bring to our attention the urgent message that the Djang (primordial energy) is out of balance, and that the rebalancing of that Djang is up to the individual through their lawful behaviour, a behaviour which patterns them back into land. Thus, The Land is the Source of the Law concludes not only with a diagnosis of the cause of climate change, but a prescription which offers an alternative legal approach to global health.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Journey Begins 1. My Camp 2. The Camp of the Talngai-Gawarima Part 2: Camps of the Senior Law Men 3. Feeling the Djang: The Camp of Senior Law Man Neidjie 4. The Spider or the Web? The Camp of Senior Law Man Mowaljarlai 5. Health and Land: The Camp of Wandjuk Marika Part 3: Travelling the Land 6. The Journeys – Moving between Camps 7. The Camp of ‘Caring for Country’: The World of Plains of Promise 8. The Camp from Turtle Island: Thunderheart 9. The Camp from the Sparkling Waters of the Pacific Part 4: Completing the Circle 10. The End of the Journey: A Camp of Contemporary Concerns

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW034000
LAW / Environmental
LAW036000
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
LAW052000
LAW / Jurisprudence
SOC005000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions