The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia

Robert J Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt and Tracey Lindberg

in Discovering Indigenous Lands

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579815
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594465 | DOI:
The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia

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This chapter explores the ways in which the Doctrine of Discovery was used to justify the assertion of British sovereignty over Australia and its indigenous peoples, and is continued to be used to justify its colonization. It looks particularly at the development of the legal fiction of terra nullius.

Keywords: Aboriginal peoples; Doctrine of Discovery; British sovereignty; Australia; terra nullius

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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