Between sovereignty and government
- Date: Thursday, 15 June, 2017
5.30pm to 6.45pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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The Treaty and the Declaration through foreign lenses
The concepts of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘government’ are at the heart of many contemporary debates about the political relationship between Māori and the Crown. What could it mean for an indigenous people to be sovereign in a territory that is governed by others? Moreover, what is the place for more recent immigrant newcomers in shaping political and constitutional decisions into the future? This presentation attempts to answer these questions by considering the meaning of the concepts of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘government’ in modern constitutional theory and reflecting on the impact that the changing composition of ‘the people’ could have on this.
About the speakers
Joel Colon Rios is Associate Professor, School of Law Victoria University of Wellington. Fiona Barker is Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at VUW. Mark Hickford is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law at VUW.