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Aboriginal Societies and the Common Law: A History of Sovereignty, Status, and Self-Determination

P.G. McHugh


This book describes the encounter between the common law legal system and the tribal peoples of North America and Australasia. It is a history of the role of anglophone law in managing relations between the British settlers and indigenous peoples. That history runs from the plantation of Ireland and settlement of the New World to the end of the 20th century. The book begins by looking at the nature of British imperialism and the position of non-Christian peoples at large in the 17th and 18th centuries. It then focuses on North America and Australasia from their early national periods in the 19 ... More

Keywords: common law legal system, North America, Australasia, anglophone law, British settlers, indigenous peoples, British imperialism, rights-recognition, rights-management, rights-integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198252481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P.G. McHugh, author
Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, Tutor of Sidney Sussex College, and Ashley McHugh Ngai Tahu Visiting Professor at Victoria University of Wellington