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Subjects: Law: Foreign Law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the legal status, rights, and legal traditions of indigenous peoples at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for indigenous law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Indigenous peoples: law & rights

This guide draws together some of the many resources available in the Bodleian Law Library, and online, in relation to indigenous peoples and the law, as citizens of particular jurisdictions and under international law. Use the drop down on the Countries tab to find links to legislation, case law, journals, electronic resources and books for the individual countries

You may encounter the abbreviation/acronymn FPIC  for "free, prior and informed consent" : a goal that states (and other actors) should always seek the consent of Indigenous Peoples before taking any action which will have an impact on them, their territories or their livelihoods. It is regulated by ILO Convention 169 but in the 21st century has achieved new prominence.

Online resources

The following links are just examples of general starting points - dealing with the international law dimension - please use the other pages in this guide to discover others, and research tips and tools. 


Online resources available to anyone with access to the internet

You will find resources relating to indigenous peoples on all four floors of the Law Library: in brief, material will be in different areas on the jurisdictional/geographic focus and type of material. 

(Public) International law (such as human rights, international trade, genocide etc): the shelfmark for this collection begins with Internat. Law reports, journals (post 2000 on), and monographs are on Floor 3. (Older journal issues are on Ground Floor)

Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and US monographs are in the area with shelf marks beginning K, on Level 2.

KM208.431 is the shelf mark for the civil rights protection of indigenous peoples - to which will be added a geographic indicator A8 for Australia, C1 for Canada, N4 for NZ, and U4 for United States.

Comparative studies have shelf marks beginning General or Cw Gen. Monographs are also on Floor 2.

European jurisdictions are on Level 3, and the remaining nations of the world on Level 1.

The Bodleian Official Papers Collection is on our Floor 0. Their collection is open access and catalogued on SOLO. Look out for shelf marks beginning O.  They have an excellent collection of United Nations publications.

Useful SOLO search terms as a starting point include

Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc;

Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights


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