Archive for July, 2014

David Williams, ‘Adam Smith and colonialism’, Journal of International Political Theory (online June 29, 2014). In the context of debates about liberalism and colonialism, the arguments of Adam Smith have been taken as illustrative of an important line of anti-colonial liberal thought. The reading of Smith presented here challenges this interpretation. It argues that Smith’s opposition […]


Prime Minister Tony Abbott says we have all benefited from Britain’s original foreign investment because Australia was “unsettled” before the British arrived. […] “As a general principle we support foreign investment. Always have and always will,” he said. “Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment.” “I guess our country owes its existence to a form […]


Nicola Perugini, ‘The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the “Evacuation Trauma”‘, History of the Present 4, 1 (2014). The evacuations of settlements in a colonial situation can represent moments of potential rupture and reversal of a political order rooted in dispossession. In the case of Israel and Palestine, however, such moments are characterized by the […]


For the first time, the court recognized the existence of aboriginal title on a particular site, covering a vast swath of the British Columbia interior. The court also spelled out in detail what aboriginal title means: control of ancestral lands and the right to use them for modern economic purposes, without destroying those lands for […]


Darryl Leroux, ‘Entrenching Euro-Settlerism: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Nationalism in Québec’. Malinda S. Smith, ‘Commissioning “Founding Races” and Settler Colonial Narratives’. in Canadian Ethnic Studies 46, 2 (2014).


Ravi de Costa, ‘Descent, Culture, and Self-Determination: States and the Definition of Indigenous Peoples’, aboriginal policy studies 3, 3 (2014). Canada’s concept of “status” – the definition of who is an Aboriginal person under the Indian Act – has its analogies in the administrative practices of many countries. However, the European colonial expansion produced great […]


Darren Peter Parker, ‘An aboriginal jurisprudential examination of constitutional recognition’, Griffith Law Review 22, 2 (2014) Situating ourselves as a site of law through an Aboriginal jurisprudential modality is unequivocally required to even begin to understand the Aboriginal jurisprudential feeling of lawfulness. However, we must do so a priori, to even begin to understand the necessary feeling […]