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Rights of Indigenous Peoples Research Guides: Secondary Sources

Research Starters: Research Guides and Portals

Research guides and portals provide a general overview of a topic with resaerch strategies and suggest important resources with citations.  

  • EISIL, Ethnic Groups, Minorities & Indigenous Peoples (last visited August, 28, 2013).
    • The Electronic Information Systerm for International Law (EISIL) hosted by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a portal to both primary and secondary sources of international law. 


Please, use the following databases to find relevant articles: HeinOnline Law Journal Library, Westlaw or Lexis law review and journal databases, HeinOnline: Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, etc. I selected several articles you can begin with. 


  • Tiernan Mennen, From M'Intosh to Endorois: Creation of an International Indigenous Right to Land, 21 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 37 (2012-2013). 


  • Jeremie Gilbert, Historical Indigenous Peoples' Land Claims:A Comparative and International Approach to the Common Law Doctrine on Indigenous Title, 56 Int’l & Comp. L.Q. 583 (2007). 


  • Lillian Miranda, Role of International Law in Intrastate Natural Resource Allocation: Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Peoples-Based Development, 45 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 785 (2012). 







Use our online Law Library catalogue, CALICO, to find books (treatises) relevant to this topic. I selected several books relating to the rights of indigenous people:

  • International Law and Indigenous Peoples by Joshua Castellino and Niamh Walsh, 2005


  • Property Rights, Indigenous People and the Developing World Issues from Aboriginal Entitlement to Intellectual Ownership Rights by David Lea, 2008
    • It provides a great overview of indigenous people and their property rights. Chapters deal with aboriginal entitlement and conservative theory (Chapter 1), individual autonomy, group self-determination (Chapter 2), customary land tenure and communal holdings and custom as law (Chapters 5 and 6), etc.


  • Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by Steve Allen & Alexandra Xanthaki, 2011.


  • Reparations for Indigenous Peoples International and Comparative Perspectives by Federico Lenzerini, 2008
    • Chapters deal with international law, reparations for human rights violations and indigenous people’s rights, reparations for indigenous peoples, international, regional and domestic practice, operational strategies and best practices for ensuring reparation for indigenous peoples.


  • Transforming Law and Institution: Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations and Human Rights by Rhiannon Morgan, 2011.


  • Indigenous Peoples and Real Estate Valuation (Editors: Garrick Small, Rachel M. Malmgren, Robert A. Simons, Research Issues in Real Estate, Volume 10, Springer, 2008.


  • Indigenous Peoples and Sustainability: Cases and Actions by IUCN Inter-Commission Task Force on Indigenous Peoples, 1997.


  • Indigenous Peoples, the Environment and Law: An Anthology by Lawrence Watters,Durham, 2004


  • Indigenous Peoples and the Human Rights-based Approach to Development: Engaging in Dialogue, Bangkok, Thailand: United Nations Development Program Regional Centrein Bangkok, 2007.


  • In the way: Indigenous peoples, Life projects, and Development by Mario Blaser, Harvey A Feit & Glenn McRae, 2004.


  • The Right to Development: Obligations of States and the Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples by Margot E Salomon, Arjun Sengupta; Minority Rights Group, 2003.