Topic: Making indigenous people visible in legal scholarship – what legal scholars have to learn from indigenous literature

Presenter: Ms Nicole Watson - Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

In this seminar, I will argue that legal scholars should engage with Indigenous literature. Indigenous literature exposes the realities of how the law impacts the lives of Indigenous people. Just as importantly, Indigenous literature has much to teach us about how Indigenous people comprehend justice. Indigenous writers such as Kevin Gilbert have consistently described justice in holistic terms. This is in contrast to the native title recognition process, which extricates land from the ongoing demand for self-determination. Indigenous literature could become a vehicle for making Indigenous voices audible. It could also allow us to move beyond the current, archaic approach of squeezing Indigenous aspirations into legal doctrine, as a means of ‘solving’ Indigenous people’s problems.

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Contact: Jane Gay, ph: (336) 52523, email:

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