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Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards

Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards
Self-Determination, Culture and Land


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521835749

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  • The debate on indigenous rights has revealed some serious difficulties for current international law, posed mainly by different understandings of important concepts. This book explores the extent to which indigenous claims, as recorded in the United Nations forums, can be accommodated by international law. By doing so, it also highlights how the indigenous debate has stretched the contours and ultimately evolved international human rights standards. The book first reflects on the international law responses to the theoretical arguments on cultural membership. After a comprehensive analysis of the existing instruments on indigenous rights, the discussion turns to self-determination. Different views are assessed and a fresh perspective on the right to self-determination is outlined. Ultimately, the author refuses to shy away from difficult questions and challenging issues and offers a comprehensive discussion of indigenous rights and their contribution to international law.

    • Offers a comprehensive analysis of a very interesting issue from the international law
    • Uses United National statements and materials that are not widely circulated
    • Offers a rare use of state practice from all over the world, rather than a few countries, to back up indigenous land claims
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… this book provides a useful introduction to indigenous rights. … It offers a helpful overview of a difficult subject, and may well whet the appetite of the interested student.' Gordon Bennett

    Review of the hardback: '… a real contribution to the on-going debate regarding the rights of indigenous peoples. It is written clearly, in an interesting and easy-for-reading style and is supported by a substantial bibliography. It can be recommended to all who are interested in an in-depth analysis regarding the international rights or indigenous peoples.' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights

    Review of the hardback: 'The book succeeds in capturing the substantial dimension of indigenous claims and related challenges to traditional international law, offering an important contribution to the growing international literature on indigenous rights. It suits both a reader without specialist knowledge of the subject, who can benefit from the general analysis of the current, and emerging, indigenous rights regime, and a more expert reader who can delve into interesting discussions on some of the most controversial issues arising within the indigenous debate in the international arena.' International and Comparative Quarterly

    Review of the hardback: 'This book is nowhere more successful than when it is dealing with the 'thorny topic' of self-determination. The author has a deep knowledge of this area and she writes about it with a sure touch. … In this impressive book, Xanthaki explores a rich variety of international standards that support the evolution of indigenous rights. She marshals these often fragmentary sources, organising them into a coherent account of current international law. She condenses the voluminous literature on each of the book's themes into accessible chapters without diminishing the quality of her scholarship, which is a considerable achievement given the explosion in the discourse on indigenous rights during the last two decades. For the most part, she adopts a pragmatic approach to identifying the lex lata on indigenous rights and she sharpens the existing set of tools so that they can be applied with maximum effect. In this respect, her book is a worthy successor to Thornberry's Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights.' Wiley InterScience

    Review of the hardback: '… an impressively researched, well written textbook-like book on indigenous peoples' rights and United Nations' standards that is also an immensely valuable teaching tool.' Human Rights Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521835749
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 163 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Recognition of cultural membership
    2. United Nations instruments on indigenous peoples
    3. Emerging law: the United Nations draft declaration on indigenous peoples
    4. Do indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination?
    5. Indigenous cultural rights
    6. Indigenous land rights

  • Author

    Alexandra Xanthaki, Brunel University

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