LAWS5182 Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines major legal issues affecting Australian Indigenous peoples at an international level and from a comparative perspective, examining relevant international institutions, frameworks and laws relating to Indigenous peoples and comparing Australian Indigenous experiences of the law with those of Indigenous peoples in other jurisdictions elsewhere in the world.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate at an advanced level knowledge of major legal issues affecting Australian Indigenous peoples at an international level and from a comparative perspective, including the broader social, historical, cultural and political contexts that inform the law in this area; (2) demonstrate the ability to engage and reflect upon (a) ethical issues related to Indigenous peoples and the law; and (b) the professional responsibilities of lawyers in this context; (3) demonstrate the ability to engage in critical analysis of research and scholarship relating to Indigenous peoples in international and comparative law; (4) demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyse complex legal issues; and (5) demonstrate the ability to communicate confidently and critically in relation to Indigenous legal issues in a way that is effective and persuasive for both legal and non-legal audiences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) written assignment; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor Student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS5534 Indigenous Peoples and the Law, LAWS3358 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
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