Instructor(s): Claire Charters

Note: The add/drop date for this course is Monday, January 8 at 10:00 PM.

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

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

The course will examine comparative constitutional law and international law (human rights especially) and Indigenous peoples with a focus on New Zealand and Canada and the US (and maybe Australia).  We will focus in on treaties and modern treaty making, formal and informal rights protections, rights to lands, territories and resources, Indigenous women, Indigenous peoples’ legal systems and state recognition (or not) and topics of interest to the students as determined by them. We will also examine recent developments such as initiatives to agree national plans of action to realise the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words (90%) and class participation (10%). Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 5, 2024.
Academic year
2023 - 2024

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Monday, January 8, 2024: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 9, 2024: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2024: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 11, 2024: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, January 12, 2024: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm