Judicial Treatment of Indigenous Land Rights in the Common Law World

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Kent McNeil

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: September 3, 2008

Abstract

This chapter examines the land rights of Indigenous peoples in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand from the perspective of the common law. Topics discussed are sources, content and proof of these rights, as well as ways in which they can be extinguished and infringed. The connection between land rights and self-government of Indigenous peoples is also considered. The chapter takes a critical and comparative approach, pointing out both positive and negative aspects of the judicial treatment of land rights in each of these common law jurisdictions.

Keywords: Aboriginal title, Indian title, Indigenous peoples, land rights, native title

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

McNeil, Kent, Judicial Treatment of Indigenous Land Rights in the Common Law World (September 3, 2008). CLPE Research Paper No. 24/2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1262794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1262794

Kent McNeil (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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