Indigenous peoples, self-determination and international law

Pitty, Roderic 2001, Indigenous peoples, self-determination and international law, The international journal of human rights, vol. 5, no. 4, Winter, pp. 44-71.

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Title Indigenous peoples, self-determination and international law
Author(s) Pitty, Roderic
Journal name The international journal of human rights
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 44
End page 71
Total pages 28 p.
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1364-2987
Summary The article examines the re-emergence of indigenous rights in contemporary international law in the context of worldwide agitation by indigenous peoples for the adoption by the United Nations of a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Two approaches to the protection of indigenous rights are considered: a minimal one that relies on existing human rights conventions, and an inspirational one that seeks a Declaration negotiated in partnership with states willing to recognise indigenous autonomy. Attention is given to judicial recognition of the right to self-determination as a right of free choice, and to the distinction between minority rights and indigenous autonomy. The importance of defining indigenous self-determination in a positive way is emphasised, and prospects for a new UN permanent indigenous forum overcoming the stalemate about indigenous rights are reviewed in terms of the need for greater dialogue.
Notes School of Australian & International Studies
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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