Prerequisite: Nil.

This course focuses on critiques by indigenous legal theorists of mainstream Western approaches to the nature and practice of law, particularly of the formalist view that law is objective, value-free, and politically neutral. We also address some of the arguments advanced by these theorists (and their non-indigenous allies) for the recognition of indigenous legal - especially oral - traditions within the dominant legal order, and for the inclusion of indigenous rights within the international legal system.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.