Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples (with Focus on the Arctic Region)

While business development plays a crucial role in the development of welfare and employment in the remote parts of the world, the interests of extractive industries and indigenous peoples may clash on many levels. This workshop thus seeks ways to analyze how the seemingly contrasting interests of the extractive industries and indigenous peoples could be harmonized.

19.05.2015 | Katerina Peterkova

Dato ons 03 jun
Tid 13:30 17:00
Sted Aarhus University, Building 1410, room 147

Workshop theme:

While business development plays a crucial role in the development of welfare and employment in the remote parts of the world, the interests of extractive industries and indigenous peoples may clash on many levels. Indigenous peoples’ rights and devolution processes have considerably improved the relation between public authorities, business and indigenous peoples representatives in some regions. Still, due to power misbalance, lack of economic basis in remote communities, and lack of access to information, indigenous people are in a considerably weaker position than extractive industries, which can lead to violations of indigenous peoples’ human rights as well as the rights to their land, resources and self-determination. Disagreements with indigenous communities can also be detrimental to a successful operation of the extractive industries.

Workshop purpose:

This workshop thus seeks ways to analyze how the seemingly contrasting interests of the extractive industries and indigenous peoples could be harmonized. Such solutions may include designing regulatory frameworks for effective respect of indigenous peoples’ rights, rules for due diligence of the extractive industries or processes for the involvement of indigenous peoples in the establishing of new industrial projects, and shared benefits.

Programme

13.30-14.00 Coffee, introduction

14.00-14.30 Tara Van Ho (10-15 minutes presentation, 15 minutes discussion): Business and Human Rights in the Indigenous Context

14.30-15.15 Edward Canuel (25 minutes presentation, 20 minutes discussion): Alaska and Off-shore Hydrocarbon Extraction: A Legal and Socio-Economic Review

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.00 Pelle Tejsner (10-15 minutes presentation, 15 minutes discussion): Local conceptions of ‘ownership’ and ‘territory’ in relation to extractive industries: the perspective from NW-Greenland

16.00-16.30 Maja Due Kadenic (10-15 minutes presentation, 15 minutes discussion): Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Approach to Sustainability Assessment of Mining in Greenland

16.30-17.00 Closing remarks

Registration

Register by e- mail to: katpe@law.au.dk.

Although not obligatory, your registration will help us to plan for the refreshment during the workshop.

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