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Indigenous Peoples and the Law LAW182


A unit suitable for both law and non-law students, this unit introduces students to Indigenous people’s experience with the legal system in Australia and selected other jurisdictions (United States, Canada and New Zealand), and the interactions between non-Indigenous and Indigenous legal systems. With regard to both the historical and contemporary setting, the unit examines these themes in a variety of contexts including land rights and native title, Indigenous peoples and environmental management, the criminal justice system, and Indigenous ownership of intellectual and cultural property. The subject matter is rapidly changing, and new issues such as the negotiation of a treaty in Australia between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and constitutional law reform to give Indigenous peoples a voice in the Commonwealth parliament, are considered. The unit also considers options for law and policy reform in a variety of contexts including the criminal justice system and women’s rights.


Unit name Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Unit code LAW182
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Benjamin Richardson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the historical and contemporary role of Indigenous legal traditions and legal practices in Australia and other relevant countries.
  • Identify and apply in specific contexts, the laws, institutions and policies that affect Indigenous peoples, especially in regard to land rights and environmental management.
  • Assess directions for law reform relating to Indigenous peoples.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090311 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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