Articles by Center Staff

Multilateral Development Banks and Human Rights Responsibility

This article analyzes whether international tribunals can find Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) liable for human rights violations that occur in developing countries as a result of projects financed by these MDBs. It seeks to address the gap under international law concerning direct responsibility of MDBs, as well as to provide legal approaches for the progressive development of an applicable international legal framework. 

Comments and Recommendations on the IFC’s proposed Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability and Performance Standards

The Indian Law Resource Center responds to the proposed International Finance Corporation policy that affects Indigenous peoples’ human rights.

U.S. State Department Consultations on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Briefing paper written by the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund, and the Indian Law Resource Center on the U.S. State Department Consultations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Issue 2, 2008

  • Native Land Law Project aims to reform unjust laws
  • The People's Summit gives voice to Indigenous rights
  • Presidential candidates pledge to honor Native rights
  • Scant Progress on the OAS Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • United Nations Permanent Forum
  • Innu Nation: No compensation, no hydroelectric project

Using International Human Rights Mechanisms to Promote and Protect Rights of Indian Nations and Tribes in the United States

By Robert T. Coulter, Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center. Revised and updated by Lucy R. Simpson Staff Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center.


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