This unit considers the response of the Australian legal system to the presence, needs and aspirations of the Indigenous peoples of Australia. It will examine past and present treatment of Australian Indigenous people by the law. The unit will include aspects of Aboriginal customary law, particularly that of the Yolngu of Arnhem Land (NT) and examine how the Australian legal system has responded to customary law. Indigenous property law issues (such as native title and land rights) will also form a significant part of the unit. To a lesser extent, certain Indigenous legal issues outside of Australia will be also be considered.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - INDIGENOUS LEGAL ISSUES: COMMENTARY AND MATERIALS