Legal pluralism on Dyarubbin: Country-as-Lore/Law in Western Sydney, Australia

Darug Ngurra, Lexodious Dadd, Corina Norman-Dadd, Harriet Narwal, Paul Glass, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Emily O'Gorman, Donna Houston, Marnie Graham, Rebecca Scott, Jessica Lemire

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In Australia, urbanisation is synonymous with ecological and cultural fragmentation. In places that became cities through deeply colonising processes, this destruction is imbricated with the relegation of Indigenous Lore/Law below English-derived law. In this article we argue for appropriate recognition and respectful intercultural engagements with Country-as-Lore/Law as a counter to the conception of land as a passive subject of anthropocentric law. Weaving together autoethnography, historical research and more-than-human geographies we identify the colonial practices that perpetuate ecological and cultural fragmentation in Sydney, Australia, while providing a novel, situated engagement with the humans, animals, plants, lands and waters that co-become to co-create particular and overlapping more-than-human legal landscapes. We show how Indigenous-non-Indigenous collaboration grounded in Darug Country-as-Lore/Law refracts and disperses the colonial logics of the state on urban Country that is ostensibly held, yet certainly neglected, by the Crown.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-379
Number of pages25
Issue number2
Early online date12 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • decolonising
  • indigenous-led collaboration
  • legal geographies
  • more-than-human cities
  • ontological pluralism


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