1st Edition

Reconciling Indigenous Peoples’ Individual and Collective Rights
Participation, Prior Consultation and Self-Determination in Latin America

ISBN 9780367203306
Published May 23, 2019 by Routledge
196 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book critically assesses categorical divisions between indigenous individual and collective rights regimes embedded in the foundations of international human rights law.

Both conceptual ambiguities and practice-related difficulties arising in vernacularisation processes point to the need of deeper reflection. Internal power struggles, vulnerabilities and intra-group inequalities go unnoticed in that context, leaving persisting forms of neo-colonialism, neo-liberalism and patriarchalism largely untouched. This is to the detriment of groups within indigenous communities such as women, the elderly or young people, alongside intergenerational rights representing considerable intersectional claims and agendas. Integrating legal theoretical, political, socio-legal and anthropological perspectives, this book disentangles indigenous rights frameworks in the particular case of peremptory norms whenever these reflect both individual and collective rights dimensions. Further-reaching conclusions are drawn for groups ‘in between’, different formations of minority groups demanding rights on their own terms. Particular absolute norms provide insights into such interplay transcending individual and collective frameworks. As one of the founding constitutive elements of indigenous collective frameworks, indigenous peoples’ right to prior consultation exemplifies what we could describe as exerting a cumulative, spill-over and transcending effect. Related debates concerning participation and self-determination thereby gain salience in a complex web of players and interests at stake. Self-determination thereby assumes yet another dimension, namely as an umbrella tool of resistance enabling indigenous cosmovisions to materialise in the light of persisting patterns of epistemological oppression.

Using a theoretical approach to close the supposed gap between indigenous rights frameworks informed by empirical insights from Bolivia, the Andes and Latin America, the book sheds light on developments in the African and European human rights systems.

Table of Contents

Table of Figures


Chapter I: Introduction

Chapter II: Setting up a Reconciliatory Framework: Reflections on Individual, Group-Based and Indigenous Collective Rights Encounters

2.1 Third Wayers and Terminologies: Bridging the Individual versus Collective Rights Divide or Third Categories as Distractions?

2.2 Dichotomies, Incommensurability or Constructed Demarcations?

2.3 Pre-conditionalism and its Impacts on Reconciling the Frameworks

2.4 Dual Standing and other Technicalities

2.5 Towards a Third Perspective within the Framework(s)

2.5.1 Absolute Individual Rights Claims in the Indigenous Collective Framework

2.5.2 Individual Entitlements in Absolute Indigenous Collective Regimes

2.5.3 Non-Derogation Claims in Non-Derogation Frameworks: Absoluteness in Individual and Collective Indigenous Claims

2.6 Conclusions: Third Perspective, Absoluteness and ‘Shared Spheres’

Chapter III: Indigenous Peoples’ Individual and Collective Rights to Participation in International Human Rights Law

3.1 Participatory Rights and their Codification in Indigenous Rights Regimes

3.1.1 The "Participation Model" of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

3.1.2 Indigenous Peoples’ Participatory Rights Regime as Shaped by the Special Rapporteur

3.1.3 The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and its Influence on Indigenous Rights Jurisprudence

3.2 Indigenous Participation in the Inter-American Human Rights System

3.2.1 The IACtHR and its Evolutionary Interpretation of Indigenous Participatory Rights

3.2.2 The IACHR and its View on Participation

3.3 Conflicting Intersectionalities? Individual Members’ Participatory Rights in Decision-Making

3.3.1 Third Perspective Applied: Absolute Claims in Individual and Collective Frameworks

3.3.2 Inter-American Jurisprudence and their Third Perspective

3.3.3 African Human Rights Developments and the Third Perspective

3.3.4 The European Human Rights System and the Third Perspective

3.3.5 3rd Perspective Inspirations from Regional Minority Rights Frameworks: from Individual Rights to Subgroups

3.4 Concluding Remarks *

Chapter IV: Associating Women’s and Indigenous Collective Decision-Making Processes: Frameworks of Exclusion?

4.1 Exploring Indigenous Concepts as to Women’s Rights vis-à-vis Indigenous Collectives

4.1.1 Buen Vivir and Complementarity: Indigenous Collective Rights in a Post-Colonial World

4.1.2 Bridging Indigenous Collectives and Women: Cosmovisions and Decolonisation

4.2 Tracing Absolute Rights Violations towards Women in Indigenous Collective Frameworks

4.2.1 Paving the Way for Women’s Rights Articulations: Indigenous Self-Determination, Sovereignty, Self-Governance in Power Politics

4.2.2 Absolute Rights in Context: Conceptually Approaching Indigenous Women’s Claims for Self-Determination

4.2.3 Approaching the Heart of Indigenous Women’s Self-Determination: Violence and Physical Integrity

4.3 Concluding Comments

Chapter V: Exploring Indigenous Rights from Within: Age Intergenerational Dimensions as Hidden Phenomena

5.1 Historical Trauma as a Conceptual Frame to Explore Individual, Group-Based and Collective Encounters

5.1.1 Identifying Absolute Rights Violations towards Elders in Indigenous Collective Regimes

5.1.2 Disentangling Youth’ Absolute Rights under the Collective Umbrella

5.3 Towards New Human Rights Regimes: Encounters of Intergenerational and Indigenous Collective Frameworks

5.4 Concluding Remarks

Chapter VI: Final Reflections



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Jessika Eichler is Research Fellow in the Law & Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and trAndeS programme, Institute for Latin American Studies, FU Berlin.