1st Edition

The Prior Consultation of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America Inside the Implementation Gap

Edited By Claire Wright, Alexandra Tomaselli Copyright 2020
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the reasons behind and the consequences of the implementation gap regarding the right to prior consultation and the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America.

    In recent years, the economic and political projects of Latin American States have become increasingly dependent on the extractive industries. This has resulted in conflicts when governments and international firms have made considerable investments in those lands that have been traditionally inhabited and used by Indigenous Peoples, who seek to defend their rights against exploitative practices. After decades of intense mobilisation, important gains have been made at international level regarding the opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to have a say on these matters. Notwithstanding this, the right to prior consultation and the FPIC of Indigenous Peoples on the ground are far from being fully applied and guaranteed. And, even when prior consultation processes are carried out, the outcomes remain uncertain.

    This volume rigorously investigates the causes of this implementation gap and its consequences for the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, lands, identities and ways of life in the Latin American region.

    List of Illustrations  List of Contributors  Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part I Defining Prior Consultation  1. Indigenous Peoples’ Contributions to Multilateral Negotiations on their Rights to Participation, Consultation, and Free, Prior and Informed Consent  2. Towards a Global Framework on Business and Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and their Right to Consultation and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent  3. Binding Consent of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia: An Example of Transformative Constitutionalism  4. Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences of Resistance, Participation, and Autonomy: Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Peru  Part II Administrating Prior Consultation  5. The Coupling of Prior Consultation and Environmental Impact Assessment in Bolivia: Corporate Appropriation and Knowledge Gaps  6. Prior Consultation as a Scenario for Political Dispute. A Case Study among the Sikuani Peoples from Orinoquía, Colombia  7. Prior Consultation as a Door Opener: Frontier Negotiations, Grassroots Contestation, and New Recognition Politics in Peru  8. Processes and Failures of Prior Consultations with Indigenous Peoples in Chile  9. Institutional Scope and Limitations of the Right to Consultation and the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico  Part III Institutionalising Prior Consultation  10. The Construction of a General Mechanism of Consultation with Indigenous Peoples in Costa Rica  11. The Construction of a National Mechanism of Prior Consultation in Honduras  12. Towards an Effective Prior Consultation Law in Paraguay  Part IV Avoiding Prior Consultation  13. The Failure to Consult Indigenous Peoples and Obtain their Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Ecuador: The Yasuní ITT Case  14. The Right to Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Argentina: The Case of Salinas Grandes-Laguna de Guayatayoc  15. Lack of Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent, and Threats to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Brazil  Part V Rethinking Prior Consultation  16. Implementation of the Right to Prior Consultation of Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala  17. From Consultation to Consent: The Politics of Indigenous Participatory Rights in Canada  Part VI Lessons Learned  18. From the Implementation Gap to Indigenous Empowerment: Prior Consultation in Latin America


    Claire Wright (PhD in Contemporary Political Processes) is a Research Professor at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico.

    Alexandra Tomaselli (PhD in Law) is a Senior Researcher at Eurac Research, Italy.