Book ReviewIndigenous Rights and BiodiversitySymposium

Incorporating indigenous rights in the CBD

A theoretical model that should inform implementation

Let me start by thanking the symposium’s editors and the three researchers that have accepted to review my work for their thoughtful comments and for sparking a lively discussion. In my book, I argue for the harmonisation of a too often fragmented international legal system: Indigenous peoples’ rights and biodiversity law. The main purpose though is not only to ensure theoretical consistency, but also to suggest avenues for a mutually …

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Book ReviewIndigenous Rights and BiodiversitySymposium

Two opposing commitments?

Towards a synchronised protection of biodiversity and indigenous peoples’ rights

Federica Cittadino’s book examines the tension that underpins the relationship between two key commitments undertaken by the international community, namely the commitment to protect indigenous people’s rights and the commitment to protect biodiversity. This book becomes especially relevant at a time when we are frequently reminded of the difficulty of reconciling the two ensuing legal regimes. What, then, can be done to prevent governments’ actions, taken in the pursuit of …

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Book ReviewIndigenous Rights and BiodiversitySymposium

Indigenous power beyond human rights

Indigenous power in international law has long been subsumed under the language of international human rights, and we have turned ourselves blind to other possibilities in international law that Indigenous peoples can rely upon. One such option is international environmental law, which has seldom received sustained scholarly attention. In her new book, Federica Cittadino “argues that a correct interpretation / implementation of the international framework on the protection of biodiversity …

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Book ReviewIndigenous Rights and BiodiversitySymposium

Traditional knowledge and customary law

Recognizing indigenous peoples for environmental conservation

While the world’s 370 million of persons belonging to an Indigenous people account for less than five percent of the total human population, they hold tenure over 25 percent of the world’s land surface. These lands represent about 80 percent of the global biodiversity. This blog post critically reflects on the role of Indigenous peoples in the conservation of the environment, considering the legal analysis of the biodiversity conservation regime …

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Book ReviewIndigenous Rights and BiodiversitySymposium

Incorporating indigenous rights in the international regime on biodiversity protection

Introducing the book symposium on Federica Cittadino’s book on access, benefit-sharing and conservation in indigenous lands

This post is the first of a series of four that will discuss Federica Cittadino’s book Incorporating Indigenous Rights in the International Regime on Biodiversity Protection. Access, Benefit-sharing and Conservation in Indigenous Lands (Brill, 2019). The book starts from the assumption that Indigenous peoples are not only considered as stewards of the environment in international law but may become victims of the international protection of biodiversity. Cittadino argues that this …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Securing pathways to environmental justice for indigenous women

Multilateral Development Banks and environmental violence in the Americas

Across the Americas, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or the World Bank (WB), finance public and private projects to support the development of the region. Although these projects often participate to the improvement of socio-economic conditions, they may also adversely impact the rights of local communities, cause severe damages to the environment, and fuel the climate crisis. In particular, Indigenous women have been disproportionately …

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Colonial railway tracks near Aus in southern Namibia ECCHR
Colonial Repercussions in Germany and NamibiaSymposium

Participation rights of indigenous peoples

Over the past three decades, indigenous peoples’rights have become an important component of international law and policy. This is a result of a movement driven by indigenous peoples, civil society and other stakeholders. One of its main achievements is the United Nations General Assembly’s 2007 adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. By 2010, the vast majority of UN member states supported the declaration, and none …

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Plurality of Law and DevelopmentSymposium

Burning issues in the “Land of the Future”

Conflicts over indigenous lands and the Amazon in Brazil

Since his first visit, Stefan Zweig had been fascinated by Brazil. Friendly people, good weather, and terrific landscapes. This fascination has led Zweig to publish a book called Brazil, Land of the Future (Brasilien – Ein Land der Zukunft). In this book, Zweig praised Brazil for its success in mixing individuals and groups, a true role model for multicultural societies. However, this supposed harmonious coexistence of multiple cultures in Brazil …

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Plurality of Law and DevelopmentSymposium

Alternatives to development in the Andes

Contesting cosmovisions and their path towards recognition

The concept of “development” has become a buzzword for social change, economic redistribution and ultimately socio-economic rights. This concerns both economic relations maintained in the international community built on the premise of State sovereignty and resulting intergovernmental agreements. Manifestations of such realities are manifold including a dominating WTO-steered legal order; new international trade deals such as current EU-Mercosur negotiations on the most extensive free trade zone on earth; the CETA …

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Current Developments

What’s next to preserve the linguistic richness of Indigenous Peoples?

Beyond the International Year of Indigenous Languages

This year, 2019, marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Based on the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution 71/178, it represents a massive effort to finally raise awareness on the invaluable richness of Indigenous languages. This initiative is primarily led by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), but it involves all the UN bodies directly dealing with Indigenous Peoples’ rights (e.g., the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous …

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