Indigenous Peoples in International Law

Indigenous Peoples in International Law

Professor Lorie Graham
Spring 2015 reading group
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5046
1 classroom credit

Drop Deadline: February 10, 2015 by 11:59pm EST

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 dates: Feb. 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, and April 6 & 20.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law, Human Rights