Justice in Paradise

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Oct 19, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 382 pages
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A jurisprudential adventure story, Justice in Paradise recounts how a commitment to Native rights and an extraordinary passion for the rule of law have determined the course of Clark's life. From a childhood in an Indian residential school, to the defense of aboriginal rights before the World Court, to being disbarred, Bruce Clark's struggle has led him to a fight against the justice system itself. Justice in Paradise explains the legal and philosophical position behind Clark's opposition to the Indian rights industry. He argues that the North American legal system causes the genocide of those indigenous peoples who embrace traditional religion and identity and accuses those who administer it with chicanery and abandoning the rule of law. Smeared in the media for his beliefs and attacked from the bench - he has been called "a disgrace to the bar" by the Chief Justice of Canada's Supreme Court - his book Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty has been hailed as "the most important and meticulous recent study of native rights in common law" (Canadian Journal of Political Science). Clark turned his back on a comfortable lawyer's life to defend the rule of law and Native rights. He moved with his family to Indian reservations and then to squats while he argued his case before the World Court in Europe. Now, no longer able to practice law, he has been adopted by the Mohicans and together they are fighting for Liberty Island and the Hudson River drainage basin. In his extraordinary memoir, Justice in Paradise, Bruce Clark - hero to some, extremist to others - details the battles of a renegade's life.
 

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Contents

Indian Places and Formative Faces
3
My Introduction to Indian Law and Culture
19
Moving Deeper into Indian Culture
35
My Capture by Indian Law and Culture
48
The Bear Island Trial
65
Getting Fired and Going Back to School
82
Crises at Oka and the LilWat Country
95
The Western Shoshone in Nevada
114
Europe Again and More Petitions
173
The Migmaq the Supreme Court and Other Matters
180
Mohegans of New York and Vermont
195
Law Society of Upper Canada v Bruce Clark
210
Epitaph for a Dead Lawyer Walking
226
INTRODUCTION
265
Complaint to the Court
284
PLAINS CASE
291

Our First Trip to Europe
123
Our Trip to Bulgaria
133
Petitions to the Queen and Meetings in Central America
144
The Bear Island Incident and My First Criminal Conviction
155
The Gustafsen Lake Story
161
Reply to Saskatchewan s Motion
301
Court Decision Refusing to Listen
309
Indian Appeal from the Dismissal
315
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BRUCE CLARK lives with his wife, son and daughter in Johannesburg. He is a stay-at-home dad.