Creating an International Indigenous Right to Land

Vestiges of colonial land regimes still plague both developing and industrialized societies and further marginalize vulnerable, indigenous populations worldwide. Recent progressive jurisprudence – in particular the Endorois case out of Kenya – has begun to change this landscape. In it’s latest report Hakí and authors Tiernan Mennen and Cynthia Morel further advance the movement for greater indigenous and native rights to land by synthesizing historical and modern developments in common law and international legal systems that definitively establish native title rights. It contextualizes the history of dispossession experienced by indigenous peoples and the constitutional and legal reforms needed to change both law and practice. Despite developments over the last decades native title recognition is far from universal. Many countries lag behind in recognition and in the process condone exploitative colonial legacies. This new report argues for an immediate increased emphasis on implementing reforms that respond to modern jurisprudence and the growing international jus cogens on indigenous rights to land.