Reparations for Neglect of Indigenous Land Rights at the Intersection of Domestic and International Law-The Maya Cases in the Supreme Court of Belize

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Abstract

This chapter presents an example of how a claim for reparations is to be submitted before a court. It is based on two separate claims, which were actually filed by representatives and members of the indigenous Maya villages of Conejo and Santa Cruz to the Supreme Court of Belize on 3 April 2007. It presents the skeleton argument prepared for the claimants, who alleged that the government of Belize violated their constitutionally recognized customary land rights. It is a 'living' example of how historical evidence, cultural arguments, international law, and domestic law may be combined in order to build a solid argument which may prove strong enough to convince a court that the communities concerned are to be granted actual redress for the torts suffered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReparations for Indigenous Peoples
Subtitle of host publicationInternational and Comparative Perspectives
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191696664
ISBN (Print)9780199235605
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

Keywords

  • Claims
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Land rights
  • Maya communities
  • Reparations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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