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Indigenous peoples' rights and large scale development projects

Indigenous communities today face persistent problems in relation to conflicts over lands, territories, and natural resources.

Well-known examples are the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux and the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the US, Amazonian tribes and the Belo Monte Hydroelectric dam project in Brazil, and so-called sustainable forest management and the rights of the Orang Asli people in Malaysia.

In a new publication for the Stanford Journal of International Law, Bas Rombouts examines the rights indigenous peoples have in such cases under international law and illustrates that when the impact on these communities is severe, they should have a say in decision-making and have far reaching consultation and consent rights in relation to these sometimes devastating projects.

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