UNSW Law Learning & Teaching Seminar - Incorporating Indigenous issues and Indigenous perspectives into legal education: Property Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law
It is important to value diverse Indigenous perspectives on law, rather than simply privileging Anglo-Australian conceptions and perceptions of law. Decolonisation of the law curricula requires inclusion of Indigenous perspectives on law – it goes beyond merely teaching Indigenous issues. This includes the acknowledgement of Indigenous legal systems as an integral aspect of Indigenous culture, and how these are not accommodated by the Anglo-Australian legal system. This seminar will consider ways in which these issues can be addressed in the context of Property Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law.
Dr Shelley Bielefeld is the Inaugural Braithwaite Research Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Her research concerns social justice issues affecting Australia's First Peoples, including problems arising from the Northern Territory Intervention begun in 2007 and the Stronger Futures framework begun in 2012. Her work on these issues is influenced by the concerns expressed by people subject to those strictures. Shelley has been engaged in Indigenous law and policy debates with various government bodies and NGO’s, and invited to appear before the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs. She is an active member of the Keep Income Management Accountable Network. Before her employment at RegNet Shelley taught and coordinated numerous courses at the Western Sydney University and Southern Cross University, including Indigenous Australians and the Law, Contract Law, Property Law, and Constitutional Law.