SOAS University of London

Indigenous Rights and Development

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Dr Alexandra Xanthaki (Brunel Law School)

Date: 26 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 26 November 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

How does development impact on indigenous peoples’ rights? Dr Xanthaki will argue that the current focus in the international arena and the literature on indigenous rights of participation and consultation and the special attention that the free, prior and informed consent attracts may minimise the importance that States and companies pay to the other rights that indigenous peoples have in these circumstances. After analysing the current standards relating to participation and consultation and looking closely to the free, prior and informed consent, she will use international human rights law, and especially ILO Convention No. 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as jurisprudence coming from the Inter-American and the African system of human rights as well as the interpretation of UN bodies, in order to identify the specific other obligations that States have vis-à-vis indigenous peoples when they initiate or permit developmental projects on or near the lands they live on.

Dr Alexandra Xanthaki is Reader in Law at the Brunel Law School and a leading scholar on indigenous rights in international law. Her monograph on Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards (CUP, 2007) is now considered a reference source. Her co-edited collection, Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is also widely used. Among others, Alexandra has recently published an article on indigenous rights and energy exploration in (2013) Yearbook of International Law and has recently completed the cultural rights section of the OUP Commentary on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her work has been cited twice in UN documents and she was nominated in 2013 for the position of the European member in the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She enjoys strong links with the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, Minority Rights Group International and has previously worked with the International Labour Organisation and the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues.

Organiser: LEDC

Contact email: ledc@soas.ac.uk