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A Domestic Right of Return? Race, Rights, and Residency in New Orleans in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina


Lolita Buckner Inniss


Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law


Boston College Third World Law Journal, Vol. 27, p. 1, 2007
Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 07-143

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This article begins with a critical account of what occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This critique serves as the backdrop for a discussion of whether there are international laws or norms that give poor, black Katrina victims the right to return to and resettle in New Orleans. In framing this discussion, this article first briefly explores some of the housing deprivations suffered by Katrina survivors that have led to widespread displacement and dispossession. The article then discusses two of the chief barriers to the return of poor blacks to New Orleans: the broad perception of a race-crime nexus and the general effect of the imposition of outsider status on poor, black people by dominant groups. Finally, the article explores the international law concept of the right of return and its expression as a domestic, internal norm via standards addressing internally displaced persons, and considers how such a domestic right of return might be applicable to the Katrina victims.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: international law, right of return, internally displaced persons, insurance law, public housing, disaster law, eviction, Hurricane Katrina, tenants' rights, race

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Date posted: April 25, 2007  

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Buckner Inniss, Lolita, A Domestic Right of Return? Race, Rights, and Residency in New Orleans in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Boston College Third World Law Journal, Vol. 27, p. 1, 2007; Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 07-143. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=982224

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Lolita Buckner Inniss (Contact Author)
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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