quarta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2012



 César Rodríguez-Garavito (Universidad de los Andes - Colômbia)

14 de dezembro  | 16h30m  |  Anf. 3.1

From Belo Monte to Sarayaku: Extractive Capitalism, Environmental Conflicts, and Indigenous Rights in Social Minefields


This paper explores the role of transnational law and politics in socio-environmental conflicts over development, natural resource extraction, and indigenous peoples’ rights. It focuses on the sociolegal site where these conflicts have been most visible and acute: consultations with indigenous peoples prior to the undertaking of economic projects that affect them. I argue that legal disputes over prior consultation are part of a broader process of juridification of ethnic claims. I examine the plurality of public and private regulations involved in this process, and trace their affinity with the procedural logic of neoliberal global governance. I further argue that this is a highly contested field, as shown by the legal strategies and regulatory frameworks on consultation which the global indigenous rights movement has advanced in opposition to neoliberalism.   Drawing on a comparative ethnography of three highly visible socio-environmental conflicts in Latin America that have been the object of decisions by the Inter-American Human Rights System -- oil exploration in the Sarayaku people's land in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the impact of the Urrá dam in northern Colombia, and the construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon, -- I study consultation in action and document its ambiguous effects on indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental justice.

Nota biográfica
Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito é diretor do Programa de Justiça Global e Direitos Humanos da Universidade dos Andes (Colômbia) e membro fundador do Centro de Direito, Justiça e Sociedade (Dejusticia).
Atualmente é professor visitante na Brown University (EUA) e foi professor visitante na Universidade de Pretória (África do Sul), na Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brasil), na Universidade de Nova York (NYU), no Centro de Direitos Humanos Åbo (Finlândia), no Centro irlandês de Direitos Humanos e na Universidade Andina de Quito.
É membro do Conselho Editorial da Revista Anual de Direito e Ciências Sociais e colunista do jornal “El Espectador”.

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