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LAWS461 Laws and Indigenous Peoples

Comparative examination of a range of issues where law impinges on indigenous peoples.

The purpose for this paper is to explore how the legal systems in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States and elsewhere interact with Indigenous Peoples. The paper traces the development of international law and the common law doctrine of native title to help bring alive a range of issues such as rights of consultation, rights to develop, and rights and responsibilities to be involved in the ownership and management of natural resources.

All areas of law impact on Indigenous Peoples, and in many instances it does so in an unique manner. For this reason, students are offered the opportunity to choose any aspect of law that interests them (be it, family, criminal justice, medical, intellectual property, environmental, tax, fisheries, etc.) and to explore the implications of this specific law for Indigenous Peoples in two systems.

Paper title Laws and Indigenous Peoples
Paper code LAWS461
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
(i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year. (ii) May not be credited together with LAWS473 passed in 2004, 2005 or 2007.
Teaching staff

Dr Stephen Young


Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have the ability to critically analyse a range of issues in which law impinges on indigenous peoples.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system