An account of the author's life and his battles on behalf of Native rights and the rule of law.
As a newsmaker, Bruce Clark is infamous - not for his discussions of the finer points of the law in relation to Aboriginal rights but for being dragged away by the police at the Native standoff at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia. He has also challenged the United States' ownership of Liberty Island and the rest of the Hudson River drainage basin - the site of the world's most potent symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.
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 defence 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 of 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. In his extraordinary memoir, "Justice in Paradise," Bruce Clark - hero to some, extremist to others - details the battles of a renegade's life.