Indigenous Affairs 1-2/2010 – Development and Customary Law
Jens Dahl and Geneviève Rose (eds)
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, December 2010

This issue of Indigenous Affairs includes articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. In the editorial, Jens Dahl and Geneviève Rose note that the issue offers a general discussion on possible development models that respect indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and a specific focus on indigenous peoples’ customary law and how such customary law can be built upon in indigenous peoples’ pursuit of self-determined development, self-governance, control and management of their territories, and even help them in addressing their own internal challenges, such as resolution of conflicts and women’s rights.

The issue includes articles on: application of indigenous peoples’ customary law to protect their land rights in Africa, by George Mukundi Wachira; customary law and conflict resolution among Kenya’s pastoralist communities, by Abraham Korir Sing’oei; the emancipatory potential of customary law for the rights of women to access land, by Wilmien Wicomb; self-determined development of indigenous peoples, by John Bamba; indigenous peoples and customary law in Sabah, Malaysia, by Jannie Lasimbang; defining custom – colonial interpretation and manipulation of indigenous customs in India, by Asoka Kumar Sen; “Living Well” – the indigenous Latin American perspective, by Mirna Cunningham; Mother Earth and “Living Well” – new analytical and strategic paradigms for indigenous struggles, by Efrain Jaramillo; happiness as a quality of life indicator, by Alberto Chirif; indigenous justice in Bolivia in the context of the Plurinational State, by Elba Flores Gonzáles; the indigenous human right to development, by Dalee Sambo Dorough; and the Status of indigenous peoples of the Russian peoples in the context of legal pluralism, by Natalya Novikova. Download the issue [pdf] …