Land Rights

Alberto Castilla c/ Estado de Colombia

Sentence C-035/16 of the Constitutional Court of Colombia (Alberto Castilla et al v. Colombia)

Citizens presented constitutional claims against several provisions of the laws that approved the 2010-2014 National Development Plan (Law 1450 of 2011) and the 2014-2018 National Development Plan (Law 1753 of 2015).  

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The Maya Leaders Alliance v. The Attorney General of Belize

The Maya Leaders Alliance v. The Attorney General of Belize [2015] CCJ 15 (October 30, 2015)
Caribbean Court of Justice

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Advocates for Natural Resource Governance & Development v. Attorney General

Advocates for Natural Resource Governance & Development v. Attorney General, Const. Petition No. 40 of 2013 (November 8, 2013)
Constitutional Court of Uganda

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Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia [2014] SCC 44 
Supreme Court of Canada

The Tsilhqot’in Nation challenged a provincial decision to grant a commercial logging license on land considered by the Tsilhqot’in to be part of their traditional territory.  The Tsilhqot’in filed a claim to their territory. 

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Kansol S.A. y Roswell Company S.A. c/ La Ley No. 5194

Kansol S.A. y Roswell Company S.A. c/ La Ley No. 5194 Que Declara de Interest Social y Expropria a Favor del Institute Paraguayo del Indigena (INDI), Año 2014 No, 797
Paraguay Supreme Court 

Law 5194/14 (promulgated June 11, 2014) expropriated land from two ranching companies and restored ownership to an indigenous community (Comunidad Indigena Sawhoyamaxa del Pueblo Enxet). The ranching companies (Kansol S.A. and Roswell Company S.A.) brought legal action to challenge the constitutionality of Law 5194/14.

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Caso de los Pueblos Indígenas Kuna de Madungandí y Emberá de Bayano v. Panamá

The case note is being prepared (January 2015)  

The official summary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights may be accessed at this link (Spanish only): http://www.corteidh.or.cr/docs/casos/articulos/resumen_284_esp.pdf

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