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Harmonization of International Human Rights Law Through Judicial Dialogue: the Indigenous Rights' Paradigm

Maria Papaioannou

This paper explores the increasing frequency with which regional human rights courts have made cross-references to the decisions of their counterparts in other regions. It asks whether this practice indicates that international human rights law is becoming more ‘universal’ and the possible impacts of this outcome. It focuses specifically on recent jurisprudence concerning indigenous rights. Analysing points of convergence and divergence between regional courts, the paper advocates an interregional judicial dialogue which would produce a harmonised and universal interpretation and implementation of human rights standards.

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