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Settler Colonialism, Race, and the LawWhy Structural Racism Persists$
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Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723944

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723944.001.0001

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Decolonization and Self-Determination

Decolonization and Self-Determination

(p.186) 11 Decolonization and Self-Determination
Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

International law recognizes the unique status of Indigenous peoples and the right of all peoples to self-determination. However, it is also largely controlled by states whose primary interest is in maintaining their own power, wealth, and “territorial integrity.” Considering what the right to self-determination encompasses and how it differs from the law protecting “minorities” from discrimination, this chapter suggests that decolonization of settler states will not be implemented by international legal structures but must be undertaken by the peoples themselves.

Keywords:   international law, human rights, peoples, decolonization, neocolonialism, self-determination

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