Journal Article

The judiciary and indigenous rights in Guatemala

Rachel Sieder

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 5, issue 2, pages 211-241
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI:
The judiciary and indigenous rights in Guatemala

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In Latin America, indigenous peoples constitute a marginalized group that is using the courts, increasingly, as one means by which to pursue and defend its rights. In part, this is a result of the juridification of its collective rights through processes of constitutional reform across the region during the 1980s and 1990s. It is also a consequence of the very limited advances that have been made to date in guaranteeing these rights in practice. The enlarged legal recognition of indigenous autonomy has occurred at the same time as the implementation of economic policies promoting free trade and accelerated natural resource exploitation—policies that affect indigenous communities negatively and disproportionately. This combination of factors has meant that indigenous movements more and more have called on the judiciary in defense of their collective rights, albeit often with limited tangible effects.

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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