Handbook of Indigenous Peoples' Rights: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Handbook of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

1st Edition

Edited by Corinne Lennox, Damien Short


476 pages

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781857439762
pub: 2018-09-18
SAVE ~$11.39
Hardback: 9781857436419
pub: 2016-02-17
SAVE ~$66.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203119235
pub: 2016-02-05
from $28.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This handbook is a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of indigenous peoples’ rights. Chapters by experts in the field examine legal, philosophical, sociological and political issues, addressing a wide range of themes at the centre of debates on the rights of indigenous peoples. The book addresses not only the major questions, such as ‘Who are indigenous peoples? What is distinctive about their rights? How are their rights constructed and protected? What is the relationship between national indigenous rights regimes and international norms?’ but also themes such as culture, identity, genocide, globalization and development, and the environment.

The book is divided into eight sections, which will each discuss and analyse a number of themes at the heart of the debates on the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Part 1: Indigeneity
  • Part 2: Rights and Governance
  • Part 3: Indigenous Women's Rights
  • Part 4: Development and the Environment
  • Part 5: Mobilization for Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Part 6: Justice and Reparations
  • Part 7: International Monitoring and Mechanisms for Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Part 8: Regional Case Studies

This book will be essential reading for academics working in the field, students on courses in human rights, international relations, political science, philosophy, sociology and law. It will also be of interest to practitioners and activists working in the indigenous rights field and in the human rights field more generally.


"In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Though not legally binding, the declaration provides the basis for the existing and emerging human rights claims associated with indigenous peoples. This large handbook includes an introductory overview of the field of indigenous rights and is followed by 27 chapters focusing on a variety of issues related to the topic. These include the philosophical basis of indigenous rights, governance, the rights of women, development, the environment, political mobilization, and reparations. The last four chapters address specific case studies on advancing and protecting indigenous rights. Though many of the scholars and activists contributing to this handbook acknowledge the contested nature of these rights, the writers are generally sympathetic to the political, economic, social, and cultural claims of indigenous peoples. Given the new and emerging nature of this type of group rights, this comprehensive handbook provides an excellent introduction to the subject. This handbook is recommended for international organization scholars, human rights specialists, international relations students, and general readers.

Summing Up: Recommended. General readers through professionals."

M. Amstutz, Wheaton College - CHOICE

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Corinne Lennox and Damien Short Part 1: Indigeneity 2. Philosophical Justifications for Indigenous Rights Paul Patton 3. Beyond Black and White: Essentialism, Hybridity and Indigeneity Yin Paradis 4. Indigenous Membership and Human Rights Kirsty Gover Part 2: Rights and Governance 5. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Marco Odello 6. Development Projects and Indigenous Peoples' Lands Mauro Barelli 7. Exploring Indigenous Self-Government and Forms of Autonomy Alexandra Tomaselli 8. Reparations for Indigenous Peoples in Canada, New Zealand and Australia Andrew Erueti 9. The Long Reach of Frontier Justice Liz Cassell and Colin Samson Part 3: Indigenous Women's Rights 10. Indigenous Women's Rights and International Law Rauna Kuokkanen 11. Human Rights and Indigenous Feminisms Cheryl Suzack Part 4: Development and the Environment 12. Living Well with the Earth Deborah McGregor 13. Mother Earth, Indigenous Peoples and Neo-liberal Climate Change Governance Paul Havemann 14. Indigenous Peoples and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights Corinne Lewis 15. The Fetish Mechanism: a post dogmatic case study of the Atacama Desert Peoples Alonso Barros 16. Evolution of Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Indigenous Knowledge Debate Rebecca C. Fan Part 5: Mobilization for Indigenous Peoples' Rights 17. Indigenous Mobilization and Activism in the UN System Sheryl Lightfoot 18. Indigenous Mobilisation and Activism: The San, the Botswana State, and the International Community Maria Sapignoli Part 6: Justice and Reparations 19. The Indian Specific Claims Commission as a Mechanism of Transitional Justice in Canada Jane Dickson 20. Reconciliation, Reparations and Rights: Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations Andrew Gunstone Part 7: International Monitoring and Mechanisms for Indigenous Peoples' Rights 21. From Outsiders to Centre Stage: Three decades of Indigenous Peoples' Presence at the United Nations Julian Burger 22. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Rodolfo Stavenhagen 23. Indigenous and Tribal Peoples' Culture and Work under the ILO Lee Swepston24. From Theory to Practice: Holistic Strategies for Effective Advocacy Cynthia Morel Part 8: Regional Case Studies 25. International Human rights Standards and Indigenous Peoples' Land and Human Rights in Asia Raja Devashish Roy 26. The Struggle for Protection of Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Africa George Mukundi Wachira and Tuuli Karjala 27. Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Law in Latin America Rachel Sieder 28. Indigenous Self-determination in the Nordic Countries: The Sami, and the Inuit of Greenland Peter Johansson

About the Editors

Corinne Lennox is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Associate Director of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights, and on human rights and development. She has worked for many years as a human rights practitioner and trainer with various NGOs, including at Minority Rights Group International (MRG). She has been a consultant on minority and indigenous rights for the UNDP, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and several governments. She is a regular contributor to the annual State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples Report (MRG) and has published on transnational dimensions of minority and indigenous rights in the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights and in several edited books.

Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and a Reader in Human Rights. He has spent much of his career researching and writing on indigenous peoples’ rights and reconciliation debates issues in Australia, a monograph on which, Reconciliation and Colonial Power: indigenous rights in Australia, was published by Ashgate in 2008. Since then he has researched memory and genocide in Australia, publishing his work in Memory Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Journal of Genocide Research. More recently, he has researched the impacts of Tar Sands production in Alberta, Canada on downstream indigenous communities. Damien Short is a frequent contributor to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights.

About the Series

Routledge International Handbooks

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General