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Nomadic Peoples and Human Rights

1st Edition

By Jérémie Gilbert


272 pages

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Although nomadic peoples are scattered worldwide and have highly heterogeneous lifestyles, they face similar threats to their mobile livelihood and survival. Commonly, nomadic peoples are facing pressure from the predominant sedentary world over mobility, land rights, water resources, access to natural resources, and migration routes. Adding to these traditional problems, rapid growth in the extractive industry and the need for the exploitation of the natural resources are putting new strains on nomadic lifestyles.

This book provides an innovative rights-based approach to the issue of nomadism looking at issues including discrimination, persecution, freedom of movement, land rights, cultural and political rights, and effective management of natural resources. Jeremie Gilbert analyses the extent to which human rights law is able to provide protection for nomadic peoples to perpetuate their own way of life and culture. The book questions whether the current human rights regime is able to protect nomadic peoples, and highlights the lacuna that currently exists in international human rights law in relation to nomadic peoples. It goes on to propose avenues for the development of specific rights for nomadic peoples, offering a new reading on freedom of movement, land rights and development in the context of nomadism.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Elimination of the Nomads: Colonialism, Extinction and Persecution 2. Mobility: Sedentarisation, Statehood, and Freedom of Movement 3. Nomadic Territories: From terra nullius to collective Land Right 4. Mobile Services: Access to Education, Health, and Water 5. Nomadic Identity: Stigmatisation, Participation, and Cultural rights 6. Nomadic Development: Globalisation, Conservation and Consent Conclusion

About the Author

Jérémie Gilbert is Reader in Law and the School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / International
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights