Endangered species; environmental protection; human rights; indigenous peoples; vulnerability; sustainability; whaling; World Bank; economics.
Examines the view that protection of indigenous peoples’ human rights can make a valuable contribution to protecting environmental sustainability due to their traditional knowledge and cultural practices. Discusses how this notion has been incorporated into international human rights and environmental law instruments, and has influenced the policies of the World Bank. Considers how the regimes protecting whales and polar bears from hunting address a contradiction between the interests of indigenous peoples and vulnerable animal species. Assesses whether indigenous peoples’ environmental duties should be recognised alongside their rights.
(2009) 11(1) International Community Law Review, 3-68.