- Code LAWS8583
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a specialised knowledge of the international norms pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ rights;
- 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;
- Demonstrate an appreciation for how Indigenous Peoples have engaged with the international system;
- Articulate independent views, informed by relevant scholarship, on a complex legal topic, including in a group setting;
- Plan and execute a scholarly reading journal with independence in order to produce a reflective writing journal; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- A reflective piece based on a reading journal (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- A research essay (5,000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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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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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is S James Anaya, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2 ed, 2004).
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.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Assumed KnowledgeParticipants must have completed Principles of International Law (LAWS8182) or equivalent.
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- 6 units
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