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Raw Law : Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International law

Alexander Reilly


Irene Watson’s Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law is a story of law from an Aboriginal ontology—a law that is lived, not imposed; a law that is “raw” and “naked”. Indeed, nakedness is the central metaphor in the book, highlighting how the muldarbi (an Australian Aboriginal word meaning “demon-spirit,” which Watson applies to all instances of colonization worldwide) covered the lands of Aboriginal peoples, civilizing and smothering those with different ways of being in the world, and doing so in complete ignorance of those ways of being.

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