Instructor(s): Paul Williams

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables (

This course is being offered exclusively remotely. This course will meet via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada, in Delgam’uukw, declared that in cases involving aboriginal title and rights, Canadian courts should pay equal respect to the legal system of the indigenous nation. The Haudenosaunee, the Iroquois Confederacy, are the Crown’s oldest and firmest allies in this part of the world. Their legal system, the Kaianeren:kowa, or Great Law of Peace, is historically well-documented and very much alive today. The course will focus on the principles of this indigenous legal system; on their social consequences; and on their pragmatic application to modern dispute resolution, negotiation, criminal law, environmental law and the law of treaties that flow from Haudenosaunee law. The course will consider Haudenosaunee law as a living, effective, culturally appropriate living legal system. It will provide a viable alternative to the thinking that “aboriginal law” in Canada is really Canadian law about aboriginal peoples.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2,500 to 3,000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Via AV Conference:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Friday, January 8, 2020: 9:30 - 11:30 am