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Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law


ISBN13: 9781138685963
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
Price: £34.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415721752



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This work is the first to assess the legality and impact of colonisation from the viewpoint of Aboriginal law, rather than from that of the dominant Western legal tradition.

It begins by outlining the Aboriginal legal system as it is embedded in Aboriginal people's complex relationship with their ancestral lands. This is Raw Law: a natural system of obligations and benefits, flowing from an Aboriginal ontology. And this book places Raw Law at the centre of an analysis of colonization - thereby decentring the usual analytical tendency to privilege the dominant structures and concepts of Western law. From the perspective of Aboriginal law, colonisation was a violation of the code of political and social conduct embodied in Raw Law. Its effects were damaging. It forced Aboriginal peoples to violate their own principles of natural responsibility to self, community, country and future existence. But this book is not simply a work of mourning. Most profoundly, it is a celebration of the resilience of Aboriginal ways, and a call for these to be recognized as central in discussions of colonial and postcolonial legality.

Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
1. Kaldowinyeri
2. Raw Law, Song, Ceremony, Ruwi
3. Nakedness: the Coming of the Cloth
4. Who Am I?
5. Dressed to Kill
6. The Power of the Muldarbi
7. Indigenous Ways