Indigenous peoples and human rights

By Patrick Thornberry

Indigenous peoples and human rights

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9514-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Law / International human rights law, Society & social sciences / Indigenous peoples, Public international law: human rights, Indigenous peoples, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
  • Series: Melland Schill Studies in International Law


This book is a full-length study of the rights of indigenous peoples in international law, focusing in particular on instruments of human rights. The primary reference point is contemporary law, though the book also examines the history of indigenous peoples through the lens of historical legal discourses. The work critically assesses the politics of definition and analyses contested definitions and descriptions of indigenous groups. Most of the chapters are devoted to detailed examination of existing and emerging human rights texts at global and regional levels. Among the instruments considered in the book are the International Covenants on Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, and the ILO Conventions on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.


Part I Indigenous peoples in international law: basic notions
1 We are still here
2 Who is indigenous?: Concept, definition, process
3 Ambiguous discourses: indigenous peoples and the development of international law
4 The age of rights1
Part II Global instruments on human rights
5 The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights I
6 The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights II: Article 27 and other global standards on minority rights
7 The Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
8 Racial discrimination and indigenous peoples - in particular under the Racial Discrimination Convention
9 The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: in particular Article 30
Part III Regional human rights protection and indigenous groups
10 The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights; African perspectives on indigenous peoples
11 The Inter-American system and indigenous peoples
12 European instruments on human and minority rights
Part IV ILO treaties on indigenous peoples
13 ILO standards I
14 ILO standards II: Convention 169
Part V Emerging standards specific to indigenous peoples
15 The UN draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
16 The Proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Part VI Indigenous peoples and human rights
17 Indigenous peoples and the discourses of human rights: a reflective narrative


Patrick Thornberry is Professor of International Law in the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment, University of Keele, and a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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