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Impacts of Strategic Litigation on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights

Impacts of Strategic Litigation on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights (April 27, 2017)

Please join the Open Society Foundations for a conversation with Jérémie Gilbert of the University of East London, who will present a new study on the impacts of strategic litigation on indigenous peoples’ land rights. This empirical study draws on scores of original interviews with community members, litigators, and activists from Kenya, Malaysia, and Paraguay, which have seen some of the world’s most important judicial decisions on indigenous peoples’ land rights.

Held in conjunction with the launch of the report at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the discussion aims to articulate insights into the use of strategic litigation as a social-change agent that might be relevant to all indigenous communities taking or considering legal action to assert their rights over their ancestral lands.

The study, commissioned by the Open Society Justice Initiative, is the third in a five-part inquiry exploring the impacts of strategic litigation in a variety of human rights areas around the world. Previous reports examine impacts on Roma and education desegregation in Europe and equal access to quality education in Brazil, India, and South Africa.


6:00–6:30 p.m.: Reception

6:30–7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A


  • James A. Goldston


    James A. Goldston is the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

  • Rodrigo Villagra


    Rodrigo Villagra is director of Tierraviva a los Pueblos Indígenas del Chaco.

  • Lucy Claridge


    Lucy Claridge is head of law for the Minority Rights Group.

  • Jérémie Gilbert


    Jérémie Gilbert is professor of cultural and political theory at the University of East London.

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