Spring 2020 - CRIM 429 D100

Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

Class Number: 8823

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 or FNST 101 or 201 or permission of instructor.



An examination of how relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples framed and were framed by the development of international law from the 15th century onward. Students with credit for CRIM 416, or 418 under the title "Indigenous Peoples and International Law" or "Indigenous Peoples and Evolving International Relations", or FNST 429 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will examine how relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples framed much of the development of international law from the 15th century onward, and how the nature of that relationship has changed through ages of exploration, colonization, and rights recognition. The three main sections of the course are organized around the following themes:
(1) the earliest relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples during “the age of exploration” in which the early European nation states set forth to explore and colonize the world;
(2) the role that Indigenous peoples of North America, and especially the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, played in the development of international law;
(3) the 20th century  transition that has seen Indigenous Peoples transform themselves from being “objects” of law (i.e., entities about which law is made) to become participants in the development of international law.            
Students will play an active role in shaping the scope of our collective examination of those relationships; the term projects you engage in will provide individual stories as well as a collective global snapshot of Indigenous peoples and their historical and contemporary relationships with nation state governments.


  • Take Home Midterm 25%
  • Term Research Project on an Indigenous People: Oral Presentation 20%
  • Term Research Project on an Indigenous People: Written Report 30%
  • Preparation and Participation 25%



All required readings for this course will be made available electronically through a course web page.

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