Got Title; Will Sell: Indigenous Rights to Land in Chile and Argentina

Lila Barrera-Hernández

in Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579853
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722745 | DOI:
 							Got Title; Will Sell: Indigenous Rights to Land in Chile and Argentina

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This chapter analyses the issue of indigenous land rights in Chile and Argentina. Throughout South America, indigenous peoples are being pushed to extinction through government action (and inaction), which deprives them of their lands and seriously compromises their access to life-sustaining resources. To a considerable extent, the government's attitude towards indigenous land rights is a result of a desire to attract investment to the energy and energy-related sectors. Though investor companies may appear to benefit from these tactics in the short term, it is doubtful that they will be better off in the long run as sustainability is compromised.

Keywords: indigenous property rights; indigenous land rights; Chile; Argentina; natural resource development

Chapter.  8615 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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