Join Professor Claire Charters for the 2024 AMI Humanities Lecture

Does the incorporation of tikanga Māori into New Zealand state law facilitate greater self-determination for Māori? A Global and Theoretical Perspective

TUE 20 AUG, 6PM
TE MATA TAIRONGO AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2
AMI MEMBERS ONLY, PAY WHAT YOU CAN

In recent years New Zealand courts and Parliament have incorporated more tikanga Māori into New Zealand’s legal system. The question this lecture will consider is whether this amounts to recognition and realisation of Māori self-determination and tino rangatiratanga under te Tiriti o Waitangi from both a global and theoretical perspective.

By setting the scene with some of the known challenges in establishing just pluralist jurisdictions in post-colonial states, this lecture will take a deeper dive into developing New Zealand law on tikanga Māori, to assess how it might realise Māori aspirations to self-determination. It will consider how New Zealand’s “incorporation model” compares with other models of Indigenous peoples’ self-determination globally and, especially examples where Indigenous peoples govern and regulate – to varying degrees – their own territories. Ultimately, this lecture will ask how well, if at all, the incorporation of tikanga Māori into New Zealand law meets calls for greater recognition of tino rangatiratanga.

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About Professor Claire Charters 

Professor Claire Charters is from Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi and Tainui, and is a Professor of Law at the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Her research focuses on Indigenous peoples’ rights in international and constitutional law, often with a comparative focus, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, tikanga Māori and the state legal system, the relationship between human rights and Indigenous peoples' rights and on the legitimacy of Indigenous peoples' rights under international law.

Claire regularly speaks around the globe on international and constitutional law and Indigenous peoples. She has had visiting academic fellowships at the London School of Economics, Kansai University, the European University Institute, Yale, Osgoode Hall (York University, Toronto) and the University of Arizona. Claire is also the co-director of the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law, a leading university centre in Aotearoa focused on research, advocacy and leadership in Indigenous peoples' rights.

Ticket Price: Pay What You Can

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