The Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism

The Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism By Professor Robert J. Miller, The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University and Chief Justice, Grand Ronde Tribe Court of Appeals.

Here are the 10 elements that I think constitute the Doctrine and are useful in analyzing and comparing how settler/colonizer societies have used this international law against Indigenous peoples around the globe.

Download the 10 elements as a PDF. from: Robert J. Miller, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny 3-5 (Praeger Publishers, 2006; paperback University of Nebraska Press, 2008).

The International Law of Colonialism a Comparative Analysis by Robert J. Miller (76 page PDF) via: law.clark.edu