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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2022

GOVT 86.49 Indigenous Legal Systems & Legal Pluralism

This course focuses on Indigenous law and legal systems, primarily from the United States but with some attention to the jurisgenerative (or law-creating) roles of Canadian First Nations and Australian Aboriginal Peoples.  For Indigenous peoples, the resurgence of traditional Indigenous laws and their accompanying legal structures serves as an important marker of indigenous self-determination and nation (re)building. At the same time, these developments challenge the long-standing hegemony of the nation-state, particularly the centrality of the state's legal system and the presumption that the state is the sole author and arbiter of law.  The resurgence of Indigenous law and legal systems, in short, tests the limits of legal pluralism, the notion that two or more legal systems can co-exist peacefully in shared territories.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:SOC; WCult:NW

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