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Lords of the Land: Indigenous Property Rights and the Jurisprudence of Empire

Mark Hickford


The recognition and allocation of indigenous property rights have long posed complex questions for the imperial powers of the mid-nineteenth century and their modern successors. Recognizing rights of property raises questions about pre-existing indigenous authority and power over land that continue to trouble the people and governments of settler states. Through focusing on the settlement of New Zealand during the critical period of the 1830s through to the early 1860s, this book offers a fresh assessment of the histories of indigenous property rights and the jurisprudence of empire. It shows ... More

Keywords: indigenous property rights, mid-nineteenth century, New Zealand, native title, Empire, Maori, indigenous polities, indigenous laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Hickford, author
Legal Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister of New Zealand; Adjunct Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington