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The Land Is the Source of the Law : A Dialogic Encounter With Indigenous Jurisprudence (Paperback)

Author: Black, C. F.

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The Land is the Source of the Law compares legal regimes in New Zealand, the USA and Australia, it offers a 'dialogical encounter with an Indigenous jurisprudence' in which individuals are characterized by their rights and responsibilities to the land.

Indigenous jurisprudence is the product of the oldest continuous legal system in the world. Utilising a range of texts, including films, novels, poetry, and 'law stories', C.F. Black blends legality and narrative in order to redefine jurisprudentia in Indegnous terms. The re-definition gives shape to the jurisprudential framework of the book: a shape that is not jus abstract, but physical and metaphysical; a shape that is circular and concentric. The outer circle is the cosmology, so that the human never forgets that they are inside a universe that has a law. This law is found in the second circle which, whilst resembling the ancient Greek law of physics is a law based on relationship. This is a relationship that orders the placing of the individual in the innermost circle, and which structures their rights and responsibilities into the land. The Jurisprudential texts which inform the theoretical framework of this book bring to our attention the urgent message that the Djang (primordial energy) is out of balance, and the rebalancing of the Djang is up to the individual through their lawful behavior; a behavior which patterns them back into land. The Land is the Source of the Law concludes not only with a diagnosis of the cause of comate change, but a prescription which offers an alternative legal approach to global health.


Publisher Cavendish Pub Ltd
Mfg Part# 9780415497572
SKU 211955805
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415497574
Release Date 11/10/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Routledge
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