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This report explores ways and means in a selection of comparative legal systems to ensure adequate protection of the rights of indigenous peoples within the territorial confines of national jurisdictions. In most contemporary legal systems, attention has been drawn to the problems of how best to protect and safeguard the various fundamental rights of indigenous peoples of different tribes and denominations, co-existing in a single or multiple legal system. To ensure their survival and continued co-existence, not only their rights, but also their cultures, traditions, ways of life and civilizations, must be preserved intact as distinct but unique social, cultural, political and economic grouping within the same national community.


Report submitted to the International Academy of Comparative Law, 16th International Congress of Comparative Law, 14 - 20 July 2002, Brisbane, Australia.