In 2007, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This ushered in a new era in Indigenous/State relations, with the international community overwhelming adopting a human rights-based approach to Indigenous Peoples’ issues. How did we reach this point in Indigenous/State relations and what does the Declaration signify for Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the future? This reading group will explore these and other related topics, such as the meaning of self-determination under international law and how indigenous rights are redefining this important human rights norm. The primary readings will be from Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Press) and International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Aspen Elective Series). We will also consider cases filed with regional and international human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) and explore how this advocacy is shaping the normative expression of rights under the Declaration and international law generally.
The class will meet on the following Tuesday evenings: February 11th and 25th, March 11th and 25th, April 8th and 22nd.