Indigenous Peoples in International Law


Author: S. James Anaya
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195173505
Category: Law
Page: 396
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In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of the first book-length treatment of the subject, S. James Anaya incorporates references to all the latest treaties and recent developments in the international law of indigenous peoples. Anaya demonstrates that, while historical trends in international law largely facilitated colonization of indigenous peoples and their lands, modern international law's human rights program has been modestly responsive to indigenous peoples' aspirations to survive as distinct communities in control of their own destinies. This book provides a theoretically grounded and practically oriented synthesis of the historical, contemporary and emerging international law related to indigenous peoples. It will be of great interest to scholars and lawyers in international law and human rights, as well as to those interested in the dynamics of indigenous and ethnic identity.

Indigenous Peoples in International Law


Author: S. James Anaya
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019517349X
Category: Law
Page: 396
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In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of the first book-length treatment of the subject, S. James Anaya incorporates references to all the latest treaties and recent developments in the international law of indigenous peoples. Anaya demonstrates that, while historical trends in international law largely facilitated colonization of indigenous peoples and their lands, modern international law's human rights program has been modestly responsive to indigenous peoples' aspirations to survive as distinct communities in control of their own destinies. This book provides a theoretically grounded and practically oriented synthesis of the historical, contemporary and emerging international law related to indigenous peoples. It will be of great interest to scholars and lawyers in international law and human rights, as well as to those interested in the dynamics of indigenous and ethnic identity.

Indigenous Peoples in International Law


Author: S. James Anaya
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195140451
Category: Law
Page: 267
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This book provides a theoretically grounded and practically oriented synthesis of the international law of indigenous peoples. Against a historical background, James Anaya discusses a new generation of international treaty and customary norms, within international law's human rights program, concerning groups that are descended from the original inhabitants of lands now dominated by others. Anaya further identifies and analyzes institutions and procedures, both at the domestic and international levels, for implementing international norms concerning indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Peoples' Status in the International Legal System


Author: Mattias Ahren
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198778198
Category:
Page: 288
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While many have explored the law governing the rights of indigenous peoples through an examination of relevant instruments and institutions, this book demonstrates that international indigenous rights can be best understood through the study of two questions: What is meant by 'peoples' and'equality' under international law?Indigenous Peoples' Status in the International Legal System offers a new and profound insight into the international indigenous rights discourse. This volume explains that the understanding of 'peoples' is paramount to the question of whether indigenous peoples are beneficiaries of the right toself-determination and sets out the content and scope of this right. The book additionally explores the contemporary meaning of 'equality', arguing that the understanding of equality fundamentally impacts what rights indigenous peoples possess over territories and natural resources. This bookoutlines the rights of greatest relevance to indigenous peoples, communities, and individuals, and explains the justification for indigenous rights.

Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law


Author: Irene Watson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317240669
Category: Law
Page: 226
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For more than 500 years, Indigenous laws have been disregarded. Many appeals for their recognition under international law have been made, but have thus far failed – mainly because international law was itself shaped by colonialism. How, this volume asks, might international law be reconstructed, so that it is liberated from its colonial origins? With contributions from critical legal theory, international law, politics, philosophy and Indigenous history, this volume pursues a cross-disciplinary analysis of the international legal exclusion of Indigenous Peoples, and of its relationship to global injustice. Beyond the issue of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, however, this analysis is set within the broader context of sustainability; arguing that Indigenous laws, philosophy and knowledge are not only legally valid, but offer an essential approach to questions of ecological justice and the co-existence of all life on earth.

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

International and Regional Jurisprudence
Author: Ben Saul
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782252282
Category: Law
Page: 248
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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights explores how general human rights standards have enabled, empowered and constrained indigenous peoples in claiming and defending their essential economic, social, cultural, civil and political interests. The book examines the jurisprudence of United Nations treaty committees and regional human rights bodies (in Africa, the Americas and Europe) that have interpreted and applied human rights standards to the special circumstances and experiences of indigenous peoples. It focuses particularly on how human rights laws since the 1960s have been drawn upon by indigenous activists and victims to protect their interests in ancestral lands, natural resources, culture and language. It further explores the right to indigenous self-determination; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights (including labour rights); family and children's rights; violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples; and access to justice and remedies for violations. The book also discusses international and regional efforts to define who is 'indigenous' and who is a 'minority', and the legal relationship between indigenous individuals and their communities. The jurisprudence considered in this book significantly shaped the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, which particularises and adapts general human rights standards for indigenous peoples. The book concludes by exploring future normative and implementation challenges in the light of the standard setting and consolidation, and political momentum, surrounding the UN Declaration and associated UN human rights mechanisms.

Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Author: Stephen Allen,Alexandra Xanthaki
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847316239
Category: Law
Page: 620
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The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007 was acclaimed as a major success for the United Nations system given the extent to which it consolidates and develops the international corpus of indigenous rights. This is the first in-depth academic analysis of this far-reaching instrument. Indigenous representatives have argued that the rights contained in the Declaration, and the processes by which it was formulated, obligate affected States to accept the validity of its provisions and its interpretation of contested concepts (such as 'culture', 'land', 'ownership' and 'self-determination'). This edited collection contains essays written by the main protagonists in the development of the Declaration; indigenous representatives; and field-leading academics. It offers a comprehensive institutional, thematic and regional analysis of the Declaration. In particular, it explores the Declaration's normative resonance for international law and considers the ways in which this international instrument could catalyse institutional action and influence the development of national laws and policies on indigenous issues.

Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights under International Law

From Victims to Actors. Second Revised Edition
Author: Jérémie Gilbert
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004323252
Category: Political Science
Page: 350
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This book addresses the right of indigenous peoples to live, own and use their traditional territories, and analyses how international law addresses this. Through its meticulous examination of the interaction between international law and indigenous peoples’ land rights, the work explores several burning issues such as collective rights, self-determination, property rights, cultural rights and restitution of land. It delves into the notion of past violations and the role of international law in providing for remedies, reparation and restitution. It also argues that there is a new phase in the relationship between States, indigenous peoples and private actors, such as corporations, in the making of territorial agreements.

Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law

Raw Law
Author: Irene Watson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317938372
Category: History
Page: 188
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This work is the first to assess the legality and impact of colonisation from the viewpoint of Aboriginal law, rather than from that of the dominant Western legal tradition. It begins by outlining the Aboriginal legal system as it is embedded in Aboriginal people’s complex relationship with their ancestral lands. This is Raw Law: a natural system of obligations and benefits, flowing from an Aboriginal ontology. This book places Raw Law at the centre of an analysis of colonisation – thereby decentring the usual analytical tendency to privilege the dominant structures and concepts of Western law. From the perspective of Aboriginal law, colonisation was a violation of the code of political and social conduct embodied in Raw Law. Its effects were damaging. It forced Aboriginal peoples to violate their own principles of natural responsibility to self, community, country and future existence. But this book is not simply a work of mourning. Most profoundly, it is a celebration of the resilience of Aboriginal ways, and a call for these to be recognised as central in discussions of colonial and postcolonial legality. Written by an experienced legal practitioner, scholar and political activist, AboriginalPeoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law will be of interest to students and researchers of Indigenous Peoples Rights, International Law and Critical Legal Theory.

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights


Author: Patrick Thornberry
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 1847795145
Category: Law
Page: 288
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This book is a full-length study of the rights of indigenous peoples in international law, focusing in particular on instruments of human rights. The primary reference point is contemporary law, though the book also examines the history of indigenous peoples through the lens of historical legal discourses. The work critically assesses the politics of definition and analyses contested definitions and descriptions of indigenous groups. Most of the chapters are devoted to detailed examination of existing and emerging human rights texts at global and regional levels. Among the instruments considered in the book are the International Covenants on Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, and the ILO Conventions on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.

European Conquest and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Moral Backwardness of International Society
Author: Paul Keal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521531795
Category: History
Page: 258
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An examination of the rights and representation of indigenous peoples in the expansion of international society.

Towards International Personality

The Position of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law
Author: Anna Meijknecht
Publisher: Intersentia nv
ISBN: 905095166X
Category: Law
Page: 271
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2.3. Dualism and Monism

International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples


Author: S. James Anaya
Publisher: Aspen Law & Business
ISBN: 9780735562486
Category: Law
Page: 374
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This exciting book is the only one of its kind. International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Aspen Elective Series) will be the first published compilation of materials and commentary intended for use in courses focusing on the subject of indigenous peoples within the international human rights system. S. James Anaya, co-author of the well-known casebook, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Practice, uses carefully edited material from varied sources to illustrate the major issues facing indigenous peoples today. This unique addition to the Elective Series features: complete or edited versions of all the major contemporary international documents concerning indigenous peoples--declarations, treaties, decisions, and interpretive statements by international human rights and other institutions on the topic--placed in the context of relevant historical antecedents. materials highlighting the major issues concerning indigenous peoples, including issues of self-determination, culture, lands and resources, collective rights, state responsibility for historical wrongs, and the meaning of the "indigenous" rubric. The issues are then linked to actual cases concerning or situations faced by indigenous groups. edited materials from a range of authors along with insightful commentary providing in-depth discussion of the issues and developments discussion of the international and domestic mechanisms by which human rights norms concerning indigenous peoples are implemented. This provides students with an understanding of the practical implications of the norms and their potential strategic value. background material on the authority and workings of the various international institutions that are addressing indigenous issues, enabling students to understand the legal or political significance of the relevant developments and place those developments within the broader context of the international human rights system An invaluable resource for any course dealing with international human rights, International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Aspen Elective Series) has just the right mix of institutional and case material, historical background and recent developments, and perceptive commentary.

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in International Law

Selected Essays on Self-determination
Author: Ruth Thompson
Publisher: [Saskatoon] : University of Saskatchewan, Native Law Centre
ISBN: N.A
Category: Autochtones
Page: 68
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Six essays in which specialists in international law examine indigenous peoples' right to self-determination from different perspectives, most of which were first presented at the International Conference on Aboriginal Rights and World Public Order organized by Carleton University and held in Ottawa in 1983. Where possible, updating information has been provided in editor's notes.

Transforming Law and Institution

Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations and Human Rights
Author: Rhiannon Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317007565
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
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In the past thirty or so years, discussions of the status and rights of indigenous peoples have come to the forefront of the United Nations human rights agenda. During this period, indigenous peoples have emerged as legitimate subjects of international law with rights to exist as distinct peoples. At the same time, we have witnessed the establishment of a number of UN fora and mechanisms on indigenous issues, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, all pointing to the importance that the UN has come to place on the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples' rights. Morgan describes, analyses, and evaluates the efforts of the global indigenous movement to engender changes in UN discourse and international law on indigenous peoples' rights and to bring about certain institutional developments reflective of a heightened international concern. By the same token, focusing on the interaction of the global indigenous movement with the UN system, this book examines the reverse influence, that is, the ways in which interacting with the UN system has influenced the claims, tactical repertoires, and organizational structures of the movement.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A Commentary
Author: Marc Weller,Jessie Hohmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199673225
Category: Law
Page: 460
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The rights of indigenous peoples under international law have seen significant change in recent years, as various international bodies have attempted to address the question of how best to protect and enforce their rights. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the strongest statement thus far by the international community on this issue. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations on 13 September 2007, and sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education, and other issues. While it is not a legally binding instrument under international law, it represents the development of international legal norms designed to eliminate human rights violations against indigenous peoples, and to help them in combating discrimination and marginalisation. This comprehensive commentary on the Declaration analyses in detail both the substantive content of the Declaration and the position of the Declaration within existing international law. It considers the background to the text of every Article of the Declaration, including the travaux preparatoire, the relevant drafting history, and the context in which the provision came to be included in the Declaration. It sets out each provision's content, interpretation, its relationship with other principles of international law, and its legal status. It also discusses the significance and outlook for each of the rights analysed. The book assesses the practice of relevant regional and international bodies in enforcing the rights of indigenous peoples, providing an understanding of the practical application of the Declaration's principles. It is an indispensible resource for scholars, students, international organisations, and NGOs working on the rights of indigenous peoples

Indigenous Peoples, Customary Law and Human Rights – Why Living Law Matters


Author: Brendan Tobin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317697545
Category: Law
Page: 304
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This highly original work demonstrates the fundamental role of customary law for the realization of Indigenous peoples’ human rights and for sound national and international legal governance. The book reviews the legal status of customary law and its relationship with positive and natural law from the time of Plato up to the present. It examines its growing recognition in constitutional and international law and its dependence on and at times strained relationship with human rights law. The author analyzes the role of customary law in tribal, national and international governance of Indigenous peoples’ lands, resources and cultural heritage. He explores the challenges and opportunities for its recognition by courts and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including issues of proof of law and conflicts between customary practices and human rights. He throws light on the richness inherent in legal diversity and key principles of customary law and their influence in legal practice and on emerging notions of intercultural equity and justice. He concludes that Indigenous peoples’ rights to their customary legal regimes and states’ obligations to respect and recognize customary law, in order to secure their human rights, are principles of international customary law, and as such binding on all states. At a time when the self-determination, land, resources and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples are increasingly under threat, this accessible book presents the key issues for both legal and non-legal scholars, practitioners, students of human rights and environmental justice, and Indigenous peoples themselves.

Having a Say

Indigenous Peoples, International Law and Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Author: S. J. Rombouts,Sebastiaan Johannes Rombouts
Publisher: Wolf Legal Publications
ISBN: 9789462401341
Category: Law
Page: 442
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In 2007, the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reinvigorated discussions about the participation by indigenous peoples in the decision-making processes that affect them. In particular, the debate revolved around interpretations of the concept of "free, prior, and informed consent" (FPIC), which is becoming one of the central mechanisms in international law and policy for resolving conflicts about lands and natural resources. In this study, the legal status of FPIC and conditions for its successful implementation are examined. The principle is contextualized by examining the underlying concept of self-determination and derivative rights to lands and resources. FPIC is explored within the framework of the right to effective participation, while the existing international platforms and institutions, in which FPIC norms are present, are surveyed. Additionally, a detailed analysis of recent regional case law clarifies the legal application of FPIC in the context of land and resource rights. Finally, a number of recent guidelines for the implementation of FPIC processes in the framework of specific voluntary sustainability initiatives are compared and analyzed. The book provides both a theoretical and a practical starting point for scholars, lawyers, policy makers, or others interested in FPIC processes and indigenous peoples. [Subject: Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Property Law]

Critical Indigenous Rights Studies


Author: Giselle Corradi,Koen de Feyter,Ellen Desmet,Katrijn Vanhees
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135174755X
Category: Law
Page: 230
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The field of ‘critical indigenous rights studies’ is a complex one that benefits from an interdisciplinary perspective and a realist (as opposed to an idealised) approach to indigenous peoples. This book draws on sociology of law, anthropology, political sciences and legal sciences in order to address emerging issues in the study of indigenous rights and identify directions for future research. The first part of the volume investigates how changing identities and cultures impact rights protection, analysing how policies on development and land, and processes such as migration, interrelate with the mobilisation of identities and the realisation of rights. In the second part, how new approaches related to indigenous peoples’ rights are scrutinised as to their potential and relevance. They include addressing legal tensions from an indigenous peoples’ rights perspective, creating space for counter-narratives on international law, and designing new instruments. Throughout the text, case studies with wide geographical scope are presented, ranging from Latin America (the book’s focus) to Egypt, Rwanda and Scandinavia.