Paul Burke

Paul Burke

Before crossing over to anthropology, Dr. Paul Burke had a career as a legal aid and land council lawyer in central Australia in the 1980s. There he began to take a particular interest in Aboriginal languages and culture. His work on land claims brought him into close contact with anthropologists and perhaps planted the seed of his book, Law’s Anthropology. While in Canberra working in the administration of land rights and heritage protection legislation he commenced his formal study of anthropology at The Australian National University. He was awarded his PhD in anthropology in 2006. Since then he has worked as a consultant anthropologist on native title claims in southern Queensland and the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He is currently an AOC funded research fellow at the school of archaeology and anthropology at ANU where he is researching the Warlpiri diaspora. He is uniquely well-placed to provide this account of the formulation and legal reception of the expert testimony of anthropologists.

Law's Anthropology »

From ethnography to expert testimony in native title

Authored by: Paul Burke
ISBN (print): 9781921862427
ISBN (online): 9781921862434
Publication date: November 2011