Paul Keal examines the historical role of international law and political theory in justifying the dispossession of indigeus peoples as part of the expansion of international society. Paradoxically, he argues, law and political theory can w form the basis of the recovery of indigeus rights. Arguing for the recognition of indigeus peoples as peoples with the right of self-determination in constitutional and international law, Keal questions the moral legitimacy of international society and examines concepts of collective guilt and responsibility.
Paul Keal is a Fellow of the Department of International Relations at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. He is the author of Unspoken Rules and Super Power Dominance (1983), editor of Ethics and Foreign Policy (1992), and with Andrew Mack, co-editor of Security and Arms Control in the North Pacific (1988).