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Twilight Webinar - 'Can Akiba Recover the Promise of Mabo?'

Join us for a Faculty of Law Twilight Webinar, presented by USQ Professor Simon Young.


The Torres Strait regional sea claim, culminating in Akiba v Commonwealth, signalled a new respect for the holistic relationships and dominion that underlay First Peoples’ custodianship of land and waters. The ‘Akiba correction’ centred upon a distinction between ‘underlying rights’ and specific exercises of them – and produced in that case a resilient right to take resources for any purpose. The significance of this was soon evident in ‘content’ cases on the mainland, but there are new challenges coming in the wake of Akiba. What of the many determinations that have been settled or adjudicated on pre-Akiba thinking? And what does this renaissance offer to the communities that will fail (or have failed) the rigorous threshold tests of continuity – also crafted with the older mindset?  

 About the Speaker

Prof Simon Young is a Professor of Law and Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Heritage and Culture at USQ, an Adjunct Professor at UWA, and an External Fellow of the UQ Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law.  He specialises in Indigenous law and policy (particularly native title and Indigenous recognition) and government accountability.  He has published various books and articles in these fields, and has provided expert advice to governments (in Australia and Canada), various NGOs, the Australian Law Reform Commission, judges, law firms, barristers and journalists.

About the Webinar

  • This event will be available via Zoom:
  • Wednesday 21 October, 5-6pm
  • This event is freely available to everyone
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  • This seminar will not be recorded.