The Library holds approximately 1,300 published works concerning the laws relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies. Many of these works relate to pivotal moments in Australia's history, such as land and civil rights movements, or exclusionary and discriminatory policies.

Online

N.B. The following online resources are available inside the National Library only. Your nearest State Library or academic institution may also have access to these resources.

Indigenous Studies Bibliography - AIATSIS (Onsite only eResource)
Contains indexes published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous studies including legal issues such as native title, criminal justice, land rights, customary law and its recognition, women's issues, youth issues, government policies and programs.

Australian Criminology Database - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subset - CINCH-ATSIS (Onsite only eResource)
The Australian Criminology Database (CINCH), is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on all aspects of crime and criminal justice. This subset includes information on the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people in the justice system.

Attorney-General's Information Service - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subset - AGIS-ATSIS (Onsite only eResource)

The Attorney-General's Information Service - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subset (AGIS-ATSIS) is a subset of the AGIS database. AGIS is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published material on all aspects of law.

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Selected Print Resources

The Library's Aboriginal law collection includes former and current common laws which relate to Aboriginal people in Australia (i.e. Native Title), as well pre-European, pre-common law, Aboriginal laws.

These resources must be requested through the catalogue unless otherwise specified.

Indigenous Legal Issues: Commentary and Materials (2003)
Explores the legal issues arising from the co-existence in Australia of distinct societies with distinct laws – the various Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and the non-Indigenous.

Our Culture Our Future: Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (1998)
Report outlining practical reform proposals for the improved recognition and protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property.

Recognising Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism (2006)
A comprehensive study of the Mabo case, its background and consequences. Examines the legal and ideological foundations of European imperialism and their eventual challenge by the global forces of decolonization.

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