Terra Nullius Defined
'Terra Nullius'! Translate it into English and you have a 'Land that belongs to no-one'.
In International Law 'terra nullius' describes territory that nobody owns so that the first nation to discover it is entitled to take it over, as "finders keepers". But how did this latin phrase, and the right of takeover, make such an impact on places that weren't deserted; particularly across large land masses like Australia?
To search for an answer to this question we must go back in time, long before Eddie Mabo and others began their land rights action in the High Court of Australia.
And to begin the search, we start a long way from the Australian legal system and even the laws of the Torres Strait's 'Meriam' people. We must go back to the beginnings of International Law itself.
...land belonging to no-one...
colonial warfare, colonisation, crown land, doctrine of tenure, extinguishment, Land Bilong Islanders, land rights, settlements, sovereignty, terra nullius
...The Women's Camp...
Image and Text
aborigines, anthropology, custom
Curtis, Edward S., Marshall Cases, native American, treaties, United States of America
...I am proud...
Canada, First Nations Canada, property, sacred
colonisation, doctrine of tenure, indigenous Australians, International law, native title, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Defining native title: the Mabo decision
crown land, cultural preservation, doctrine of tenure, High Court judgement, Mabo judgement, terra nullius
Yirrkala & Gove
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Belonging To Country
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
bicentennial, colonisation, land rights, resistance
A Humanitarian Tradition
Australia, colonialism, Cook, Captain James, First Fleet, humanitarians, land rights, terra nullius
A Challenge To The Established Law
Apr, 3, 1987
Canberra, High Court of Australia, native title, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985 , sovereignty, terra nullius
Extinguishment Of Native Title
Brennan, Chief Justice Gerard, claim, crown land, extinguishment, native title, plaintiffs, Radical Title, Supreme Court USA
colonisation, crown land, doctrine of tenure, First Fleet, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Murray Island Annexation
annexation, colonisation, conquest, International law, Mabo Case, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, terra nullius
Defining Native Title
aboriginal law, land ownership, native title
Pre-Existing Land Rights
land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Government
Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
barbarism, colonisation, International law, terra nullius
Terra Nullius & Australia
crown land, dispossession, doctrine of tenure, First Fleet, land rights, resistance, terra nullius
The Doctrine Of Tenures Reconsidered
crown land, doctrine of tenure, land rights, Mabo judgement
The Status Of Australian Colonies
crown land, land ownership, sovereignty, terra nullius
colonisation, High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, terra nullius