Indigenous knowledges in the criminal 'justice' context

Title: Indigenous knowledges in the criminal ‘justice’ context

Summary: Indigenous knowledge has been incorporated into settler-colonial criminal ‘justice’ systems in a range of ways including, in the Australian context, Indigenous Justice Agreements (IJAs). However, little has been published exploring the processes and rich histories of Indigenous knowledge informing IJAs.

This project will provide an overdue examination of IJAs, re-framing them in terms of nation-building, treaty readiness, and self-determination. This will be disseminated publicly via the ATNS website, as well as academic publication. It will also examine the contributions of Indigenous knowledge in the criminal ‘justice’ context across various settler-colonial jurisdictions.

This project will therefore make a significant contribution to the evidence base of IJAs, centring how Indigenous knowledges have driven these agreements, making them sites of self-determination, sovereignty, and nation-building. This project will also investigate the inclusion of Indigenous knowledges and governance systems in criminal justice institutions and mechanisms in other settler-colonial jurisdictions.




Professor Marcia Langton (CI)
Dr Amanda Porter (CI)
Dr Kristen Smith (CI)
Dr Meribah Rose (CI)


The University of Melbourne