International Law & American Indians

International Law and American Indians - Professor Robert Miller

  • Course Number: LAW-902
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 1
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Europeans used international law in North America from the beginning of their explorations and settlements on this continent. They used the Doctrine of Discovery to claim for themselves many of the sovereign, diplomatic, commercial and human rights of native peoples. The Doctrine still applies to American Indians and Indian Nations today. In addition, international law is starting to be applied to American Indians, including the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007. Some American Indians and tribal governments are also beginning to look to the Organization of American States as an alternate venue to pursue claims against the United States. We will address these issues and more in this class.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: To be determined
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no