Law 631M

Comparative Legal Systems & Their Role in Nation Building, Law 631M

Robert A. Williams, Jr.  

The course will investigate the role that law plays in the lives of Indigenous peoples and their attempts to secure rights and exercise self-determination. This course seeks to answer broad questions such as: “How does the law function to perpetuate a history of assimilation and racism?”; “How can Indigenous peoples use the law to secure rights?”; and “What role do legal institutions play in the process of Nation Building?” To answer these questions, the course draws from comparative sources with a focus on how the law can be used pragmatically to effect change.