CourseComparative Law on Indigenous Peoples - Law 656g
Instructor James C. Hopkins   View Faculty Page
Units 3 - Graded
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Federal Indian Law


The course entails an overview and analysis of the historical and contemporary legal treatment of indigenous peoples in select countries of the world, especially countries of Latin America and common law countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  It will examine and compare the various domestic legal regimes as they concern areas of indigenous land rights, self-government, and traditional or customary justice systems.  The focus will be on constitutional and legislative developments, case law, and the theoretical foundations for historical and recent developments.  We will endeavor to identify common or divergent normative trends and to assess those trends in light of developing international legal standards. 

Photocopied materials and bibliography 
Course Format

Class discussion based on assigned readings

Written Assignments

Final Paper

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Basis for grading

Final paper and class participation

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