Treaties and Indigenous Peoples is an edited version of Professor Ian Brownlie's 1990 Robb Lectures, delivered at the University of Auckland in the sesquicentennial year of the establishment of New Zealand as a British colony. Whereas most sesquicentennial writing necessarily deals with Treaty and related problems in the immediate context of New Zealand law and politics, Professor Brownlie, bringing the external perspective and the expertise of an eminent academic and practising international lawyer, deals with those problems in the international context of the rights of indigenous peoples. The New Zealand constitutional background to the work is provided by Professor Brookfield's annotations.
`The book applies acute observation and analysis to a specific problem in the light of growth and divergence in legal standards. The treatment of issues is fair and balanced but sufficiently assertive to engage our Socratic impulses. The text informs the reader, distils the particular wisdom of the thinker-practitioner and provides in its short compass a great deal of material for further reflection. It is not necessary to share all the author's
conclusions in order to appreciate the consistently high standard of argument.'
British Yearbook of International Law
`Brownlie's lectures have been supplemented by extensive footnoting by Professor F.M. Brookfield of the University of Auckland. These valuable and meticulous footnotes give fulsome references to the New Zealand material which necessarily the lectures proper can usually only touch in passing.'
International and Comparative Law Quaterly
'his comments on the New Zealand situation are interspersed with judicious and penetrating remarks" European Journal of International Law, Vol 4 No.1, 1993