The objective of this article is to evaluate whether the distinctive nature of the international law on indigenous peoples reflected in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can be explained by reference to the service conception of authority developed by Joseph Raz. The article rejects arguments that the distinctive character of UNDRIP can be justified by ideas of ‘Indigenous Sovereignty’, not least because ‘sovereignty’ was developed in Western political thought in contradistinction to a constructed and imagined dystopian state of nature endured by the indigenous populations of the Americas. Instead, the work seeks to understand the UNDRIP regime in the light of Raz’s conceptualization of legitimate political authority, concluding that the inchoate and under-theorized international law on the rights of indigenous peoples becomes comprehensible within this framework.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Wheatley: Conceptualizing the Authority of the Sovereign State over Indigenous Peoples
Steven Wheatley (Lancaster Univ. - Law) has posted Conceptualizing the Authority of the Sovereign State over Indigenous Peoples (Leiden Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: