The boundaries of a state may change when it takes over additional territory.
Colonisation that can result from invasion or takeover has been going on for centuries and 'terra nullius' has been used as one justification for it.
In the 1992 Mabo decision, the High Court of Australia had to consider the doctrine of terra nullius and how this aspect of international law related to Australian law.
However, terra nullius is only one of several bases in International Law for the takeover of territory by a State. Others include conquest and cession, where a treaty is used to transfer territory from one ruler to another.
Customary International Law And Treaties
International law, treaties
Anaya On International Law And States
Anaya, S. James, indigenous people, International law, terra nullius
The Spanish School
Europe, human rights, native title, New World, property law, terra nullius
doctrine of tenure, Europe, International law, property, property law, terra nullius
Mer, Waier & Dauar
Dauar, Dauar, HMS Pandora, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Meriam history, Murray Island, Waier
The Reshaping Of National Identity
backlash, decolonisation, indigenous people, national identity, native title, reconciliation
Australia, colonial warfare, colonialism, colonists, genocide, land rights, martial law, massacres, Tasmania, war, Warlpiri
Acquisition of sovereignty by settlement
native title, plaintiffs, settlements, sovereignty, Toohey, Justice
Murray Island Annexation
annexation, colonisation, conquest, International law, Mabo Case, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, terra nullius
Common Law Rules For New English Territories
Britain, Britain, British law, Common Law, conquest, International law
assimilation, Mer, Murray Island, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland, school
activism, land rights, land rights, resistance, strike, unionism
...we are becoming regarded as trespassers...
British Columbia, Canada, land ownership, trespass
Teton Sioux Mother & Child
Curtis, Edward S., indigenous people, Sioux, United States of America