Survival, Dignity and Well-Being: Indigenous Human Rights and Transformative Approaches to Justice

Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and M. Marmo, (Eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, Routledge, Milton Park. (2017) ISBN 9781138931176, pp 429-439

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-20

27 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2016 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Juan Tauri

Independent

Date Written: December 20, 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to look at the normative framework of human rights provided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of Indigenous peoples’ assertions of their right to ‘justice’. It is argued that the evolving Indigenous justice movement provides a decolonizing moment in challenging the operation of settler colonial criminal justice systems. It can also be argued that Indigenous justice activism, in particular their claims for a measure of jurisdictional autonomy, problematizes the normative foundations of human rights frameworks established by nation-states and supra-national bodies like the UN, frameworks that are often utilized to deny Indigenous claims of exceptionalism afforded them as the ‘First Peoples’.

Keywords: Indigenous Peoples, human rights, criminal justice

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Tauri, Juan, Survival, Dignity and Well-Being: Indigenous Human Rights and Transformative Approaches to Justice (December 20, 2016). Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and M. Marmo, (Eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, Routledge, Milton Park. (2017) ISBN 9781138931176, pp 429-439; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888206

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

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University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

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James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

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Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Juan Tauri

Independent ( email )

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