Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia

Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia

Theories and Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Simon Young, Jennifer Nielsen and Jeremy Patrick


Darryl McCarthy (a Mardigan man from South West Queensland)
Women’s Business
Reproduced with permission of the artist © Darryl McCarthy

This collection of essays explores the history and current status of proposals to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution of Australia. The book had its genesis in a colloquium co-hosted by the University of Southern Queensland and Southern Cross University, attended by scholars from Australia and overseas and prominent participants in the recognition debates. The contributions have been updated and supplemented to produce a collection that explores what is possible and preferable from a variety of perspectives, organised into three parts: 'Concepts and Context', 'Theories, Critique and Alternatives', and 'Comparative Perspectives'. It includes work by well-regarded constitutional law scholars and legal historians, as well as analysis built from and framed by Indigenous world views and knowledges. It also features the voices of a number of comparative scholars – examining relevant developments in the United States, Canada, the South Pacific, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South America. The combined authorship represents 10 universities from across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. The book is intended to be both an accurate and detailed record of this critical step in Australian legal and political history and an enduring contribution to ongoing dialogue, reconciliation and the empowerment of Australia's First Peoples.


Published 7 December 2016
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760020781
Australian RRP $84.95
International Price $77.23