THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY CIESIN Reproduced, with permission, from: Roy, B. K., and D. K. Miller. 1985. The rights of indigenous peoples in international law: An annotated bibliography. Saskatchewan: University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre.


This annotated bibliography is intended to serve as a resource for researchers, students, practitioners, and others who work in the area of indigenous rights under international law. Because the rights of indigenous peoples in international law is an evolving area, supplements to this publication will be compiled and published yearly to make available information on new research and developments.

The scope of the bibliography is, for practical reasons, loosely restricted to materials dealing with the application of international law to indigenous peoples in general, although specific attention has been given to the position in international law of the indigenous nations or peoples living in Canada, the United States and Australia. Of course, that does not preclude the applicability of much of this material to indigenous peoples in other parts of the world. Some information on issues affecting these indigenous nations and peoples can be found in the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities Study of the Problem of Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations by Special Rapporteur, José R. Martínez Cobo and in the sessional reports of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations. Both are annotated in this bibliography.

In choosing works for inclusion, we have concentrated on relatively recent materials; dissertations and unpublished papers in library collections have been annotated, as well as books, journal articles and United Nations documents. In many cases, the most useful (and, in some cases, the only) available material is in journals; we have therefore included a considerable number of journal articles. The present bibliography is by no means exhaustive and the authors welcome any suggestions or additions to be used in future supplements.

The bibliography is divided into two parts: subject index classification and annotations. The headings of the subject index are organized alphabetically. Entries are classified under eighteen main headings, with further sub-divisions where necessary. Under these headings the relevant entries are listed alphabetically by author. This classification is, we hope, sufficiently specific to permit the reader to find the appropriate section as quickly as possible. In the second part (coloured pages), all entries are listed alphabetically by author. Each entry has been annotated to assist readers in determining whether a particular document will be useful for their needs. Though an annotation can never do justice to the subtlety of an author's argument, it can perhaps encourage the reading of his/her work, in which case the present bibliography will have served its purpose.

We hope this bibliography will be a resource for those working in the area of indigenous rights under international law, but we also hope that it will encourage others to fill in the gaps on topical problems that have comparatively few entries.

We would like to thank those who assisted in the preparation of this publication. We would particularly like to express appreciation to Ruth Thompson, Research Associate at the Native Law Centre, for her useful comments on this bibliography and other matters of consequence. The research assistance of Ron Rivard of the Metis National Council, who contributed to the section on the Study of the Problem of Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations, merits special attention. To the staff of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law Library, we are particularly grateful. Finally, we are especially indebted to Lyla Sheppard, Margaret Brown and Ann Mears for patiently typing the bibliography and revisions.

Bernadette Kelly Roy

Dallas K. Miller