• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

In the last four decades Indigenous peoples have secured remarkable standard-setting and institution-building achievements on the international stage. The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a comprehensive articulation of the contours of international Indigenous peoples’ rights norms.

A collection of UN mechanisms have been established with an exclusive focus on advancing the position of Indigenous peoples: the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples’ rights have been affirmed in the jurisprudence of the bodies that monitor compliance with the core UN human rights treaties and the regional human rights bodies. A host of specialised international agencies have also extended their attentions to Indigenous peoples, including the International Labour Organisation, the World Bank Group and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

This course explores contemporary international law regarding Indigenous peoples and their rights through the various international institutions that make, promote and implement that law. It devotes especial attention to Indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination, culture and lands and natural resources.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a specialised knowledge of the international norms pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ rights;
  2. Be able to define, explain and critically reflect upon the central issues relating to the recognition, protection and enforcement of Indigenous Peoples’ rights through international law and international institutions;
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for how Indigenous Peoples have engaged with the international system;
  4. Articulate independent views, informed by relevant scholarship, on a complex legal topic, including in a group setting;
  5. Plan and execute a scholarly reading journal with independence in order to produce a reflective writing journal; and
  6. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment for this course is likely to consist of:
  1. Class participation (10%)
  2. A reflective piece based on a reading journal (20%)
  3. A research essay (70%, 5,000 words).
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law and be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, and LAWS2250 International Law or LAWS6250 International Law OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) and have completed either LAWS8162 Military Operations Law or LAWS8166 Adv Military Operations Law OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is S James Anaya, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2 ed, 2004).

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

Participants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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