Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies by Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, Tracey Lindberg, Robert J. Miller (Hardback, 2011)
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- DescriptionThis book presents new material and shines fresh light on the under-explored historical and legal evidence about the use of the doctrine of discovery in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. North America, New Zealand and Australia were colonised by England under an international legal principle that is kwn today as the doctrine of discovery. When Europeans set out to explore and exploit new lands in the fifteenth through to the twentieth centuries, they justified their sovereign and property claims over these territories and the indigeus peoples with the discovery doctrine. This legal principle was justified by religious and ethcentric ideas of European and Christian superiority over the other cultures, religions, and races of the world. The doctrine provided that newly-arrived Europeans automatically acquired property rights in the lands of indigeus peoples and gained political and commercial rights over the inhabitants. The English colonial governments and colonists in North America, New Zealand and Australia all utilised this doctrine, and still use it today to assert legal rights to indigeus lands and to assert control over indigeus peoples. Written by indigeus legal academics - an American Indian from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, a New Zealand Maori (Ngati Rawkawa and Ngai Te Rangi), an Indigeus Australian, and a Cree (Neheyiwak) in the country w kwn as Canada, Discovering Indigeus Lands provides a unique insight into the insidious historical and contemporary application of the doctrine of discovery.
- Author BiographyTracey Lindberg is Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and Athabasca University in Canada and is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association and the Saskatchewan Bar. Dr. Lindberg teaches Advanced Aboriginal law, Indigenous legal theory, Aboriginal women's legal advocacy and the Historic Roots of Contemporary Legal Issues in Indigenous Nations. She has won the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, The University of Ottawa's Governor General's Gold Medal in the Social Sciences for the highest academic standing in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies / University Microfilms International Award for Distinguished Dissertation in Canada for her dissertation, Critical Indigenous Legal Theory.
- Author(s)Jacinta Ruru,Larissa Behrendt,Robert J. Miller,Tracey Lindberg
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication05/01/2011
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight638 g
- Width162 mm
- Height238 mm
- Spine25 mm
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