Aboriginal people have a long history with Australia and the land, and although several appeals for recognition have been attempted, Aboriginal laws have been disregarded since the establishment of the colonial governments from 1788 onwards.
Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law, edited by UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, and Professor of Law, Irene Watson, asks how interational law could be reconstructed and therefore liberated from its colonial origins.
The book presents legal theory and discusses international law, politics, philosophy and Indigenous history in relation to global justice.
Prof Watson says the book goes further than discussing Aboriginal people’s rights alone.
“Indigenous people were not given any degree of legal recognition until the late 20th century,” she says.
“This publication looks at how Indigenous people have experienced law – from a hugely oppressive system to self-governance.
“It looks at the experience of Aboriginal people and how their relationship with the justice system has evolved and changed.”
This book is available to purchase online.