About Indigenous Law

law-nodeIndigenous people have a different legal status from other Australians which impacts on everyday lives. Domestic and international laws prescribe the constitutive elements of this legal status. This node’s research agenda will be shaped by public law, constitutional and human rights law, civil and family law needs, governance, crime prevention, treaties, agreements and negotiated settlements, legal research, and critical Indigenous legal theory. The initial research project will investigate factors that impact on rates of crime in Aboriginal communities building on the work recently completed in NSW which linked higher levels of social cohesion with lower levels of crime. Node leaders will deliver research capacity building workshops on an annual basis.

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Professor Behrendt is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. Professor Behrendt is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Associate Professor Asmi Wood

Associate Professor Wood is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law and a practicing barrister and solicitor in the ACT. His field of research is the use of force in international law, terrorism, international humanitarian law, legal ethics, comparative law, jurisprudence and legal interpretation, and Indigenous peoples and the law.

Professor Mark McMillan

Professor McMillan’s research interests are in the area of human rights and, in particular, the expression and fulfilment of those rights for Indigenous Australians. He is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW. Dr McMillan is a current board member of: the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and was named National NAIDOC Scholar of the year for 2013.