This is a general guide to help you research Indigenous Law in a Global context. For Australian Indigenous Law, see also:
This research guide was compiled in consultation with members of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub at Melbourne Law School, which is on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, Traditional owners of the land on which we learn.
This research guide is a “work in progress” and we welcome your comments and suggestions.
The study of Indigenous or Aboriginal law includes:
This Research Guide will help you research Indigenous law in Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Indigenous law often involves human rights and discrimination law. To research Indigenous peoples in the context of human rights law, see our Human Rights Legal Research guide - the National/Domestic Human Rights tab links to pages for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
A note on terminology when researching Indigenous law - 'Indigenous' is a generic term, as are First Peoples and Aboriginal / Aborigine. Terminology also changes over time. Remember to use additional variants depending on the jurisdiction you are researching. For example: