Year Leader Title Institution
2018 Margherita Paola Poto Postdoctoral Fellow UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)



Every civilisation tells stories. We tell stories to entertain, to teach, to warn. Some stories become fixed as books, films, and other media. Other stories pass from teller to listener, living on as long as they are told to a new generation. This workshop focused on how stories can be used as resources to formalise legal processes in indigenous communities. For each story, researchers focus on the main human problem the story explores. From there, they break the story down into its facts, identify how the main problem was resolved, and examine the reasoning behind the resolution.

Moving beyond the events of the story, we can see examples of how it teaches how a conflict emerges, plays out, and is resolved. It explains how two communities responded to a crisis, and the consequences of their actions. Taking yet another step back, we can see some guiding legal obligations, rights, and principles. Among them are the benefits of helping one another in times of need, the respect for sacred agreements, and the importance of group consultation when working on a treaty.

Stories can therefore provide a framework that people in a specific community can build on.



Carol Cravero
PhD Candidate
University of Turin & University of Paris Nanterre
Lara Fornabaio
Legal Intern
Center for International Environmentat Law (CIEL)
Rebecca Johnson
University of Victoria
Jane Murungi
Univerity of Nairobi
Val Napoleon
Chair / Director
Aboriginal Justice and Governance & Indigenous Law Research Unit, University of Victoria
Giulia Parola
Universdade Federal Fluminense
Arianna Porrone
Early state researcher
University of Torino
Tahnee Prior
PhD Candidate
University of Waterloo
Logan Turner
Graduate Student
McMaster University



‘Training the Western legal systems to listen to other voices’