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Indigenous rights and international law (6 points)


Leader: Ms J Debeljak and Ms M Castan

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This subject will examine the existing international law that promotes/protects human rights and freedoms of indigenous peoples and locate this law within their culture and traditions. Historical and cultural perspectives. A study will be undertaken of the major international instruments that protect and promote the rights of indigenous peoples. Draft United Nations declaration will be discussed. Main focus of discussion will include definition of indigenous peoples, right of self-determination, collective as opposed to individual rights, anti-discrimination, land and resource rights, civil and political participation, rights to language and education

Assessment: Seminar assessment: 20% + Research paper (6000 words): 80%

Contact Hours: Intensive

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