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Indigenous Recognition in International Law: Theoretical Observations


Patrick Macklem


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

October 16, 2008

Michigan International Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2008
U Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-21

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Drawing on a classic essay by Hans Kelsen, this Article addresses the status of indigenous peoples in international law. It argues that the criteria for determining the legal existence of indigenous peoples in international law are a function of the nature and purpose of international indigenous rights. The twentieth century legal history of international indigenous rights, from their origins in international protection of indigenous workers in colonies to their contemporary expression in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, demonstrates that their purpose is to mitigate injustices produced by how the international legal order treats sovereignty as a legal entitlement that it distributes among collectivities it recognizes as states. The criteria by which indigenous peoples can be said to exist in international law relate to their historic exclusion from the distribution of sovereignty initiated by colonization that lies at the heart of the international legal order.

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Keywords: indigenous rights, international law, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Labour Organization, sovereignty, international human rights

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Date posted: October 20, 2008 ; Last revised: November 10, 2008

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Macklem, Patrick, Indigenous Recognition in International Law: Theoretical Observations (October 16, 2008). Michigan International Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2008; U Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-21. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1285652

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