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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Laws and Indigenous Peoples
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


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    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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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