Lords of the Land


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1: Preliminaries: Overture - Forging Native Title in an Empire of Variations, 1837-1862 2: An Empire of Variations: Problems of Settlement and the Property Rights of Indigenous Populations 3: Incredulity from a Distance: Disputing the Content of Indigenous Proprietary Entitlements, 1840-1844 4: 'Vague Native Rights to Land': Constitutionalism, Native Title, and Pursuing Settling Spaces, 1844-1853 5: Extricating 'Native Title from its Present Entanglement' - Recognising Diversity and the Problem of a Liberal Constitution 6: Exploring the Dynamics and Consequences of 'Occasional Association' 7: 'Tribunals Independent of a Prince': 1859-1862 Exploring the Dynamics and Consequences of 'Occasional Association' part II 8: Conclusions: Constitutional Design and the Treaty of Waitangi: Balanced Constitutions, Native Title, and the Normativity of Political Constitutionalism Bibliography

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Mark Hickford is currently in the Prime Minister's Advisory Group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. He is 2008 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow and a Crown Counsel. Dr Hickford holds a doctorate from Oxford and is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. From 2002-2010 he was a Crown Counsel specializing in public law, the Treaty of Waitangi, Crown-Maori relations, and Natural Resources Law and he also served as a senior consultant to the New Zealand Law Commission from 2007 to 2008. Specializing in the history of law and empire, he has authored chapters and articles on the questions of indigenous property rights and the history of law and political thought, including contributions to the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History and the History of Political Thought.


`There is no doubt that this will be a major and very important work on mid-century imperial legal history and political thought...This is an impressively rich history by an author deeply familiar with the primary and secondary material. It is a vivid and sophisticated evocation of the early-Victorian intellectual milieu. It covers a period of British imperial history where there has been a shortfall of scholarship on the role of law and the nature of legal thought in that period. It will establish Hickford authoritatively as an important legal and imperial historian. ' P.G. McHugh, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

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