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QLLM168 International Law and Indigenous Peoples (Sem 2)

Module Description:

Once peripheral to international law, indigenous peoples are increasingly at the centre of developments in international law. Competing claims for resources, land and the recognition of rights, coupled with the rapid development of international and regional standards and jurisprudence, place indigenous peoples at the cutting edge of international law, in both practice and in theory. 

This course will introduce students to the institutions, standards and jurisprudence which structure indigenous peoples' relationship to international law. Addressing questions of indigenous status under the law, self-determination, land rights, cultural rights, natural resources and state obligations of redress, the course will give students a concrete understanding of how indigenous peoples' rights claims have come to play a leading role in recent developments in international law. 

Module Aims:

The broad educational purpose for offering this module is to enable students to explore the institutions, standards, jurisprudence and theoretical issues which structure indigenous peoples' relationship to international law; and to provide students with a concrete knowledge of the major international developments and legal cases on indigenous peoples and rights. In addition to the leading cases at international, regional and domestic level, students will become acquainted with the major debates, authors, and issues in this area of the law.

Applicable Groupings:

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment:

2.15 hour written examination


22.5 Credits

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