Dr. Mark Harris is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. His research focuses on Indigenous rights in relation to cultural heritage, land claims, the stolen generations, intellectual property and criminal justice issues. He has worked as a lawyer giving advice on native title claims for the Wurundjeri, Gunai Kurnai, Manatunga and Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous communities in Australia and continues to provide advice to Indigenous groups on a range of issues. He has presented at international conferences around the world and has developed extensive collaborative links with other academics working with and for Indigenous communities in the USA, New Zealand, India, Africa and Brazil. As a representative of LatCrit, an NGO comprising legal academics working in the field of critical race theory and racism, he has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. His recent research projects have included reviews of the operation of Koori (Aboriginal) courts in Victoria (a program that is not dissimilar to Toronto’s First Nations Gladue Courts), and the experience of Koori youth in the justice system. He also works in the field of postcolonial legal theory, which informed his manuscript titled Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Exploitation in the Postcolony: Blood Minerals that will be published by Routledge later this year. He is currently an editor, along with Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva (Institute of GRSSJ, UBC) and Dr Brenna Bhandar (SOAS, London) of the Routledge series, Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics and Economy.

Selected Publications

Journal articles and editorials

(2019) Katrak, Meaghan, and Mark Harris. “Native Title and Community: A Social and Environmental Justice Perspective.” Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory 2, no. 1

(2017) Aboriginal labour, forced removal and government regulation in 1950s Darwin – the case of Waters v Commonwealth Law and History Vol.4 No.1

(2012) “Cluster Introduction: Indigenous Populations and Injustice’s Global Borders” California West International Law Journal Vol.42: 101-115

(2012) “Linguistic rights for Indigenous Australians: human rights or political rights?” Australian Journal of Human Rights Vol 18(1): 89-114

(2006) “Koori Courts: Possibilities for Therapeutic Jurisprudence?” in E-Law Journal Special Issue Number 1 at


Book Chapters

(2014) “Extraction of resources and the cultural heritage in Western Australia” (ed.) Irene Bellier, Paris, SOGIP/Le Harmattan, 184-205

(2012) “Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice in Brazil” in Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice in
the Americas (ed.) Anita Kalunta-Crumpton, London, Palgrave-Macmillan, 112-132

(2007) ‘A “Diminished Nation- Australia’s response to claims for reparations by the “Stolen Generations” In Max du Plessis & Stephen Pete (eds.) International Perspectives on Reparations for Gross Human Rights Abuses. Antwerp: Intersentia, 391-412.

(2005) ‘‘…another box of tjuringas under the bed’. The Appropriation of Aboriginal Cultural Property to Benefit Non-Indigenous Interests’ in Castellino, J. & Walsh, N. (eds.), International law and minorities rights, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff,


Government Reports and Reports Prepared From Grants

(2012) Experiences of Koori (Aboriginal) youth in the justice system in northwestern Victoria, Victoria Law Foundation (37 pages)

(2013) Current Offender Programs and Funding Mechanisms in the Victorian Criminal Justice System, Victorian Department of Justice (82 pages)

(2008) Expanding the role of Koorie Courts: Community responses: Victorian Department of Justice (45 pages)

(2007) Koorie Courts Option Paper: expanding or developing the role of the Courts Victorian Department of
Justice (35 pages)

(2006) A Sentencing Conversation: Evaluation of Pilot Program for Koorie Court in Shepparton and Broadmeadows Magistrate Courts –Department of Justice, Victoria (159 pages)