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Lisa Ford

Lisa Ford

Lisa Ford is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. Her work explores the interface of sovereignty, constitutional law, and jurisdiction with everyday legal practice in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Empire and United States. She is author of Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788–1836 (Harvard, 2010); and co-author with Lauren Benton of Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800–1840 (Harvard, 2016).

Lisa Ford reviews 'Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, property and Indigenous people' by Bain Attwood

May 2021, no. 431 26 April 2021
Bain Attwood’s Empire and the Making of Native Title is a welcome contribution to the field. Like many good historians of sovereignty and native title in Australia and New Zealand, Attwood stresses the importance of contingency and complexity in the first decades of British settlement on both sides of the Tasman Sea. His early chapters focus on the local and imperial contexts that shaped Crown a ... (read more)