International and Comparative Native Title Law (5332LAW)

Comparative and International Indigenous Law provides an opportunity for the study of 'comparative Native Title' and select Indigenous issues in both Australia and in other common law jurisdictions including Canada, the USA and New Zealand. International Indigenous developments, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, will also be examined. This course will deal with the Australian concept of native title, as recognized in High Court decisions, including Mabo, Wik and Ward, and with the Australian statutory regimes for dealing with native title, including Native Title and cultural heritage legislation. Furthermore, the course enables students to make relevant comparisons, where functionally equivalent, between Native Title in Australia and Aboriginal, Indian and Maori title in Canada, USA and NZ (respectively). (The course incorporates a particular emphasis on comparisons between Canadian Aboriginal title and Australian Native Title.) This course aims to equip students to critically review and assess current laws and policies governing Native Title and Indigenous peoples by drawing on global experiences with Indigenous policy.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level

Student contribution band

Band 3

Usually available

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