Indigenous Peoples' Rights Under International Law

LAW 579A | 1 credit


1:30 to 5:50 p.m., Jan. 9 to 11, 2023

Seánna Howard

Indigenous peoples and tribal governments are increasingly turning to international law and the international human rights system as a means of protecting their lands and property. This course focuses on the critical role that international law—including international bodies such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States, etc.—play in protecting Indigenous peoples’ rights to property, self-determination, cultural integrity, life, etc. This course also examines how international law precedents can be used when arguing for Indigenous rights and tribal self-governance at the domestic level. 

  • How can the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples be used to advance Indigenous governance and rights at home? 
  • How can international law mechanisms be used to address Indigenous peoples’ desire to protect lands, property, and culture? 
  • How can the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights be utilized within contexts of disputes over lands and natural resources?


Seanna Howard