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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Recognising Aboriginal Peoples in the Australian Constitution

7th December 2015, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor George Williams (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Australia is in the midst of a national debate on whether to change its Constitution to recognise Aboriginal peoples. At present, that document makes no such mention, and indeed permits discrimination against them and others on the basis of race. The debate raises important questions of human rights law as well as broader issues around national identity and the place of first peoples in a modern democratic state.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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