Handbook of Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Edited by Damien Short, Corinne Lennox
Routledge – 2015 – 388 pages
This handbook is a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of indigenous peoples’ rights. Chapters by experts in the field will examine legal, philosophical, sociological and political issues, addressing a wide range of themes at the central to the debates on the rights of indigenous peoples. The book will address not only the major questions, such as ‘Who are indigenous peoples? What is distinctive about their rights? How are their rights constructed and protected? What is the relationship between national indigenous rights regimes and international norms?’ but also themes such as culture, identity, genocide, globalization and development, rights institutionalization and the environment.
The book will be split into nine sections, which will each discuss and analyse a number of themes at the heart of the debates on the rights of indigenous peoples.
This book will be essential reading for academics working in the field, students on courses in human rights, international relations, political science, philosophy, sociology and law. It will also be of interest to practitioners and activists working in the indigenous rights field and in the human rights field more generally.
Section 1: Definitions and Identity 1. Philosophical Justifications for Indigenous Rights Paul Patton 2. Beyond Black and White: Essentialism, Hybridity and Indigeneity Yin Paradis 3. Membership Kirsty Gover Section 2: Rights and Governance 4. Sustainable Self-Determination Jeff Corntassel 5. Exploring Indigenous Self-Government and Forms of Autonomy Alexandra Tomaselli 6. Essentialism and Indigenous Claims to Land Andrew Eruti 7. Tribal Self-Rule in India Abhay Xaxa 8. Indigenous Law, Property and Consent Alonso Barros 9. FPIC Mauro Barelli Section 3: Development and the Environment 10. Neo-Liberal Globalisation and Indigenous Peoples Makere Stewart-Harawira 11. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Paul Havemann 12. Ecological and Resource Rights Deborah McGregor 13. Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, Subsistence Living and the Environment Rebecca Fan Section 4: Mobilisation 14. Indigenous Mobilisation and Activism in the UN System Sheryl Lightfoot 15. Indigenous Mobilisation and Activism: A Case Study of First People of the Kalahari Maria Sapignoli Section 5: Justice and Reparations 16. Indian Specific Claims Commission - Canada Jane Dickson-Gilmore 17. Reconciliation and Reparations in Australia Andrew Gunstone Section 6: Law and Mechanisms 18. ILO related Lee Swepston 19. SR Rodolfo Stavenhagen 20. DRIPs and UN in general Julian Burger 21. Legal cases Cynthia Morel Section 7: Indigenous Women 22. Indigenous Feminism Cheryl Suzak 23. Indigenous Women and Self-Determination Rauna Kuokkanen Section 8: Culture and Survival 24. 'Extinguishment' and Rights Colin Samson 25. Cultural Genocide and Indigenous Peoples Damien Short Section 9: Regional Case Studies 26. Indigenous Peoples and the African Human Rights System Solomon Ayeledersso 27. Asia Raja Devasish Roy 28. Latin America Rachel Sieder
Corinne Lennox is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Associate Director of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights, and on human rights and development. She has worked for many years as a human rights practitioner and trainer with various NGOs, including at Minority Rights Group International (MRG). She has been a consultant on minority and indigenous rights for the UNDP, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and several governments. She is a regular contributor to the annual State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples Report (MRG) and has published on transnational dimensions of minority and indigenous rights in the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights and in several edited books.
Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and a Reader in Human Rights. He has spent much of his career researching and writing on indigenous peoples’ rights and reconciliation debates issues in Australia, a monograph on which, Reconciliation and Colonial Power: indigenous rights in Australia, was published by Ashgate in 2008. Since then he has researched memory and genocide in Australia, publishing his work in Memory Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Journal of Genocide Research. More recently, he has researched the impacts of Tar Sands production in Alberta, Canada on downstream indigenous communities. Damien Short is a frequent contributor to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights.