Mauro Barelli, Seeking Justice in International Law: The Significance and Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(Routledge, 2016, xxii + 184pp, £115.00) ISBN 9781138017962 (hb)
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More than a decade has passed since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),1 an exceptional instrument that has both consecrated the struggle of indigenous peoples as a legitimate international concern and provided valid responses to indigenous claims. Can the UNDRIP have an impact on the struggle of other groups? And why are indigenous rights high on the UN and the international agenda? In Seeking Justice in International Law: The Significance and Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Barelli provides a response to these important and underexplored questions, comparing the special status of indigenous peoples to that of other minorities that share some characteristics with indigenous groups. The main question addressed in the book is whether the UNDRIP has marked a consistent trend in international law as a legal system ‘that promises to provide valid responses to the demands for justice of disempowered and vulnerable groups’ (p 4).