• Offered by ANU 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:

  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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. A reflective piece based on a reading journal (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. A research essay (5,000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.


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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), 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), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), 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); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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 Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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