Melbourne Law School is committed to building and supporting just relations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the state and between their respective laws, legal traditions and jurisprudence. In particular, Melbourne Law School acknowledges the enduring sovereignty and authority of Indigenous law and legal systems. We acknowledge the violence of Australian law and its ongoing role in processes of colonisation with respect to Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge the role that law schools have played and continue to play in perpetuating these injustices but believe in and are committed to the transformative capacity of law.
Read MLS' Reconciliation and Recognition policy here.
Read the Council of Australian Law Deans' (CALD) Statement on Australian Law’s Systemic Discrimination and Structural Bias Against First Nations Peoples.
In 2019, MLS undertook a review of the Indigenous Studies Programs, which results in a report containing 58 recommendations for MLS to consider. MLS Indigenous Programs and Indigenous Law and Justice Hub activities are strategically directed by Review of Melbourne Law School's Indigenous Studies Programs report.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated.
Wominjeka Banner image: Map showing approximately some of the areas occupied by the Aboriginal tribes of Victoria cartographic material / compiled by R. Brough Smyth. Map 1. Source: State Library Victoria.