Indigenous peoples' land rights under international law: from victims to actors

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Gilbert, J. 2006. Indigenous peoples' land rights under international law: from victims to actors. Ardsley, NY Transnational.
TitleIndigenous peoples' land rights under international law: from victims to actors
AuthorsGilbert, J.
Abstract

This book addresses the right of indigenous peoples to live, own and use their traditional territories. A profound relationship with land and territories characterizes indigenous groups, but indigenous peoples have been and are repeatedly deprived of their lands. This book analyzes whether the international legal regime provides indigenous peoples with the collective right to live on their traditional territories.
Through its meticulous and wide-ranging examination of the interaction between international law and indigenous peoples’ land rights, the work explores several burning issues such as collective rights, self-determination, autonomy, property rights, and restitution of land. In assessing the human rights approach to land rights the book delves into the notion of past violations and the role of human rights law in providing for remedies, reparation and restitution. It also argues that there is a new phase in the relationship between States and indigenous peoples in the making of territorial agreements.
Based on its analysis of indigenous peoples’ land rights under international law, this book proposes an original theory as regards the legal status of indigenous peoples. It explores how indigenous peoples have been the victims of the rules governing title to territory since the inception of international law, and how under the current human rights regime, indigenous peoples have now gained the status of actors of international law.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
ISBN
Hardcover9781571053695
PublisherTransnational
Place of publicationArdsley, NY
Publication dates
Print2006
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Jan 2010
Output statusPublished
LanguageEnglish
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