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International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

  • S. James Anaya
Series / Aspen Elective Series
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This exciting book is the only one of its kind. International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Aspen Elective Series) will be the first published compilation of materials and commentary intended for use in courses focusing on the subject of indigenous peoples within the international human rights system. S. James Anaya, co-author of the well-known casebook, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Practice, uses carefully edited material from varied sources to illustrate the major issues facing indigenous peoples today.

This unique addition to the Elective Series features:

  • complete or edited versions of all the major contemporary international documents concerning indigenous peoples--declarations, treaties, decisions, and interpretive statements by international human rights and other institutions on the topic--placed in the context of relevant historical antecedents.
  • materials highlighting the major issues concerning indigenous peoples, including issues of self-determination, culture, lands and resources, collective rights, state responsibility for historical wrongs, and the meaning of the "indigenous" rubric. The issues are then linked to actual cases concerning or situations faced by indigenous groups.
  • edited materials from a range of authors along with insightful commentary providing in-depth discussion of the issues and developments
  • discussion of the international and domestic mechanisms by which human rights norms concerning indigenous peoples are implemented. This provides students with an understanding of the practical implications of the norms and their potential strategic value.
  • background material on the authority and workings of the various international institutions that are addressing indigenous issues, enabling students to understand the legal or political significance of the relevant developments and place those developments within the broader context of the international human rights system

An invaluable resource for any course dealing with international human rights, International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Aspen Elective Series) has just the right mix of institutional and case material, historical background and recent developments, and perceptive commentary.

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S. James Anaya

S. James Anaya is the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law (USA). He teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights, constitutional law, and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Among his numerous publications is his book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1996, 2d. ed. 2004). Professor Anaya received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico (1980) and his J.D. from Harvard (1983). He was on the law faculty at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1999, and he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tulsa. Prior to becoming a full time law professor, he practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, representing Native American peoples and other minority groups. Professor Anaya has lectured in many countries in all continents of the globe. He has been a consultant for numerous organizations and government agencies in several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America before courts and international organizations. He was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the landmark case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law.

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