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Indigenous Peoples' Rights and International Law

The course "Indigenous Peoples' Rights and International Law" will be converted into distance learning due to the coronavirus.

Synopsis

In 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted. This was a historical moment in the development of international law. Yet, many states around the world fail to recognize or implement the rights of indigenous peoples at the domestic level.

Against this background, this lecture and seminar series explores the significance of the rights of indigenous peoples under international law from legal and anthropological perspective. It analyses the challenges and prospects raised by the recognition and implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights both from a theoretical and practical point of view. The relevant legal frameworks and institutions are examined including these pertaining to the United Nations and the human rights regional systems. Students assess the remedies that exist for violations of human rights law in the various human rights systems and examine practical case studies where relevant. The analysis also focuses on the study of the rights of the Sámi people and will include discussion on the right to self-determination, the right to land and natural resources and the challenges to implement these rights at the local level.

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11.2.2020 at 09:00 - 23.3.2020 at 23:59

Interaction

The course "Indigenous Peoples' Rights and International Law" will be converted into distance learning due to the coronavirus. The plans will be communicated and updated in the coming days to our moodle page.

Thank you for your understanding in this unfortunate and exceptional situation!

Timetable

Schedule:

1-Mo 23.3.2020. 14:15 - 15:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Reetta Toivanen: Introduction

2- Ke 25.3.2020. 10:15 - 11:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Dorothée Cambou: Introduction to the rights of indigenous peoples under international law

3- Ma 30.3.2020. 14:15 - 15:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Dorothee Cambou: The UN instruments and the rights of indigenous peoples

4- Ke 1.4.2020. 10:15 - 11:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Reetta Toivanen: Identity and Culture

5-Ma 6.4.2020. 14:15 - 15:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Reetta Toivanen: ILO 169 in Finland – The last joik in Sámi forest

6-Ke 8.4.2020. 10:15 - 11:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Dorothee Cambou: The right of indigenous peoples to self-determination

7-Ma 20.4.2020 . 14:15 - 15:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Dorothee Cambou & Guest lecture to be confirmed

8-Ke 22.4.2020 . 10:15 - 11:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Students Presentations

9-Ma 27.4.2020 . 14:15 -15:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Students Presentations

10-Ke 29.4.2020. 10:15 - 11:45- Päärakennus, sali 8, Fabianinkatu 33

Reetta Toivanen & Dorothee Cambou

Conclusion and discussion

DateTimeLocation
Mon 23.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 25.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 30.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 1.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 6.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 8.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 20.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 22.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 27.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 29.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45

Conduct of the course

The course "Indigenous Peoples' Rights and International Law" will be converted into distance learning due to the coronavirus. The plans will be communicated and updated in the coming days to our moodle page.

Thank you for your understanding in this unfortunate and exceptional situation!

Description

This study unit enables learners to recognize and analyze indigenous peoples' rights, altering relations of power, and develops a detailed knowledge of indigenous peoples’ legal status.

This study unit invites students to reflect critically on indigenous peoples’ history and the present in the context of developing international law. This study unit also investigates the meaning of self-determination as well as the utility of international human rights law.

Study material for an examination covering the content of this study unit:

1) Simpson, Audra & Andrea Smith 2014: Theorizing Native Studies. Durham: Duke.

2) Niezen, Ronald 2003: The Origins of Indigenism. Human Rights and the Politics of Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

3) Choose one of the following:

Andersson, Rani-Henrik 2018: A whirlwind passed through our country: Lakota voices of the ghost dance. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Ben, Saul 2016: Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights. International and Regional Jurisprudence. Oxford: Hart.

Dahl, Jens 2012: The Indigenous Space and Marginalized Peoples in the United Nations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Graham Laura R. & H. Glenn Penny 2014: Performing Indigeneity. Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Green, Joyce (ed.). 2007: Making Space for Indigenous Feminism. London: Fernwood/ Zed books.

Lakomäki, Sami 2014: Gathering together: the Shawnee people through diaspora and nationhood, 1600-1870. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Seurujärvi-Kari, Irja 2012: Ale jaskkot eatnigiella. Alkuperäiskansaliikkeen ja saamen kielen merkitys saamelaisten identiteetille. Helsingin yliopisto.

Virtanen, Pirjo Kristiina 2012: Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia: Changing Lived Worlds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

General scale 0–5.

Assessments in the course and exam.