200 Years of Discovery: The Doctrine of Discovery in the Law School Curriculum

Date: Wednesday, November 15th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT


Discussion Description:

Johnson v. M’Intosh was decided 200 years ago. While the case remains binding precedent, the premise underlying the decision has become increasingly suspect over time. The case relies on the Doctrine of Discovery, which assumes lands inhabited by non-Christians are vacant. The Doctrine has been formally renounced by the Vatican and condemned by others. Nevertheless, the Doctrine remains a foundation of American law. Join the AALS Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section’s webinar to learn how leading scholars address the Doctrine of Discovery in their classrooms.

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