Keynote by Rachel Sieder: Indigenous rights as political tools – struggles over land and identity

Date: 20 August 2019
Time: 09:00-10:30
Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

This event is part of the Bergen Exchanges 2019. For a full schedule of the week’s events, see here.

Keynote by Rachel Sieder (CIESAS/CMI)

Indigenous peoples ́ special rights to territory are grounded in their identity as well as their historical discrimination and dispossession. But can these rights provide effective protection? In all parts of the world, indigenous rights – often to large tracts of resource rich land – are under pressure from developmental policies and private and public mega-projects (mines, dams, agrobusiness, infrastructure) – and the very idea of indigenous peoples’ rights are increasingly challenged by populist politicians. To what extent does effective protection depend on the ways in which these rights are justified and legally embedded? 

Roundtable on Indigeneous lawfareChair: Namita Wahi (Centre for Policy Research, CPR) Rachel Sieder in conversation with Ana Braconnier (UT Austin); Angela Lind (University of Bern); Aakansha Jain (CPR) and Natalia Sandoval Rojas (UT Austin)