Indigenous Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation During COVID

13 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2020 Last revised: 12 Feb 2021

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Sital Kalantry

Cornell University - Law School

Nicholas Koeppen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 27, 2020

Abstract

During the global pandemic, people around the world are at risk of serious illness and death from contact and proximity to other people. But Indigenous peoples, particularly those in voluntary isolation, have always faced that risk. International organizations have relied on the right to self-determination as the primary legal grounds to justify the principle of no-contact for Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. This Essay argues that the right to life and right to health when properly contextualized are stronger bases to push states to prevent outsiders from contacting people living in voluntary isolation.

Keywords: Pandemic, Global, COVID, Indigenous People, right to life, right to health, voluntary isolation

Suggested Citation

Kalantry, Sital and Koeppen, Nicholas, Indigenous Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation During COVID (October 27, 2020). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper 21-06, UCLA Law Review, Vol. 68, No. 268, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3720098

Sital Kalantry (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

Nicholas Koeppen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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