Foundational sources and purposes of authority in Madayin

  • Danial Kelly Charles Darwin University
Keywords: Madayin, Ngarra, law, religion, authority, Christianity, Australian law


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 publically available information has enabled a broader audience to learn about the Madayin system. This article analyses the foundational sources of authority and purpose in the Madayin system.

Author Biography

Danial Kelly, Charles Darwin University
Senior Lecturer in Law
How to Cite
Kelly, D. (2015). Foundational sources and purposes of authority in Madayin. Victoria University Law and Justice Journal, 4(1), 33 - 45.