The rights of nature, Indigenous peoples and international human rights law: from dichotomies to synergies
Jérémie Gilbert University of Roehampton, UK

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This article explores some of the challenges associated with the development of the rights of nature (RoN) and the recognition of Indigenous legal and cultural traditions. It considers whether the rights of Indigenous peoples under international human rights law can provide a relevant legal framework to ensure that Indigenous rights are respected and realized through the development of RoN. Focusing on self-determination, land rights, cultural rights and participatory rights, the article analyses how international human rights law could serve as a benchmark to guide the development of RoN, ensuring the integration of, respect for and promotion of Indigenous peoples’ rights. The article argues that an Indigenous human rights framework could ensure that RoN and the rights of Indigenous peoples could become much more self-supportive and complementary.

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Email: The author would like to thank Elizabeth Macpherson for her comments on an earlier draft of this article, as well as Marie-Catherine Petersmann and Benjamin Ralston for their comments on a later version.

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