Concept Of Modern Day International Law

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According to the Cornell University Law School’s ‘Legal Information Institute’, self-determination is defined as ‘denoting the legal right of people to decide their own destiny in the international order’. As a major concept of modern day international law, self-determination gives people the right to control their own fates and livelihoods under certain fundamental criteria. Such criteria suggests that self-determination can be claimed by a minority that bases its lifestyle on an ethnic identity that is distinguishable from regular society, with a strong desire for cultural preservation. It has been considered to be a framework with the ability to guide binding legislative reforms within Australia, with an underlying ‘rights- based’ approach to Indigenous Issues. Self-determination is considered to be an important aspect of the legal system in regards to Indigenous Peoples, as it provides them a process of choice, to guarantee the practice of Indigenous social, cultural, political and economic needs. As written by the United Nations, their 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) states that ‘Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they can freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social, political and cultural development’. The right to self-determination is born from the legal and cultural acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples as Australia’s official first settlers, and is

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