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27 Int'l J. on Minority & Group Rts. 1 (2020)

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 BRILL                   RIGHTS 27 (2020) 1-33
N IJ H O F F                                                  brill.com/ijgr

Human Rights and the Commons: Exploring

Approaches to the Governance of Land

and   Natural Resources beyond Indigenous

Peoples' Rights. The Case of Peasants

        Stefania Errico
        Honorary Research Fellow, Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology,
        Water and Resilience (cAWR), Coventry, United Kingdom

        Priscilla Claeys
        Associate Professor, Coventry University, CAWR, Coventry, United Kingdom


Worldwide, 2.5 billion people today depend on lands managed through customary,
community-based tenure systems. Although land and natural resources are recognised
as essential elements for the realisation of many human rights, international human
rights law does not recognise a human right to land, except for indigenous peoples.
With the recent adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other
people working in rural areas (UNDROP), the right to land is now recognised for new
categories of rural workers. This article explores the governance of land and natural
resources beyond the case of indigenous peoples' rights. It argues that UNDROP con-
tains key and mutually reinforcing elements of the human rights and collective action
approaches to the governance of land and natural resources, and therefore has the
potential to ensure the social and environmental 'viability' of the commons.


human rights - indigenous peoples - peasant - commons - land and natural resources

© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2019 1 DOI:10.1163/15718115-02604123

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