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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Indigenous Peoples, Treaties with

Gudmundur Alfredsson

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2024

Indigenous peoples — Peace treaties — State succession, international agreements

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 In the process of expanding metropolitan territories, a number of colonizing States as well as their colonial territories and subsequent successor States frequently entered into treaties with indigenous peoples. The practice is perhaps most widely known in what are now the United States of America (‘US’), Canada, and New Zealand. Today, the expression ‘treaties with indigenous peoples’ refers to situations where the indigenous people concerned live within the home or metropolitan territory of a State. Indigenous treaties were also often employed to establish...
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