An Anthropological Perspective on Writing for the Court

An Anthropological Perspective on Writing for the Court Report

AIATSIS Issues Paper

  • Author(s): Katie Glaskin
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Native Title Research Unit
  • Volume: Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title

Abstract: Native title is a relatively recent, complex legal process that raises particular issues for anthropologists working within it. Katie Glaskin provides an anthropological perspective on writing for the court, discussing recent decisions of the Federal Court requiring anthropologists to write expert reports that adhere to the Evidence Act (Cth) 1995 and the importance of anthropologists to properly understand native title law. The paper focuses on the exercise of anthropological expertise within the legal context of native title, examining the tension between ‘improper influence’ and ‘permissible guidance’ when working within a larger framework of positivist legal culture.

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Katie Glaskin, 2004, An Anthropological Perspective on Writing for the Court, Volume:Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, Report, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3258.

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