Foundational Sources and Purposes of Authority in Madayin

  • Dr Danial Kelly Charles Darwin University


The Madayin system that continues to be maintained by the Aboriginal Yolngu people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is a holistic system of legal, religious and political authority. A recent increase in publicly-available information has enabled a broader audience to learn about the Madayin system. This article examines Madayin primarily on its own terms by analysing the foundational sources of authority and purpose in that normative system.

How to Cite
KellyD. (2014) “Foundational Sources and Purposes of Authority in Madayin”, Victoria University Law and Justice Journal. Melbourne, Australia, 4(1), pp. 35–48. doi: 10.15209/vulj.v4i1.40.