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Dr.  Jeremie Gilbert

Professor of International and Comparative Law

Law and Criminology , Law, Crimonology

    Jérémie has joined UEL in 2013 as a Reader in Law, and received his professorial chair in 2015. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, a Lecturer in Human Rights at the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and a teaching fellow at the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice). Beforehand he worked for different NGOs such as the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in New Delhi and Greenpeace both France and Canada. He holds a PhD in International Law (2004-Galway), an L.L.M. (Masters) in Human Rights (2001-Galway) and a Maîtrise en Droit International Public (2000-Montreal) and a Licence en droit (1999- Paris X).

    His main area of research is on international human rights law, and more particularly the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. He has extensively published on the rights of indigenous peoples, looking in particular at their right to land and natural resources. He is a member of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, and the convener of the Land and Human Rights research group at his university.

    Jérémie has served as a consultant for several international organisations. He was one of the invited independent experts for United Nations Expert Seminar on Treaties and other arrangements between States and Indigenous Peoples (2006), and has served as a consultant for the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2015). He regularly works with non-governmental organisations supporting indigenous peoples’ rights such as the Forest Peoples’ Programme, Minority Rights Group International and the Rainforest Foundation. He was the vice-chair of the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) international board (2009-2015).

    Jérémie has worked with several indigenous communities across the globe, he is currently involved in supporting litigations, providing expert witness statements, affidavits and supporting evidence gathering in several land claims for indigenous peoples. He is the lead researcher for the Open Society Foundations’ Strategic Litigation Impacts Project on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights. His current work focuses on the protection of nomadic peoples under international law, indigenous peoples’ rights, and the interaction between business and human rights law.



    My main area of research is on international human rights law, and more particularly the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. The right to land and natural resources constitutes an essential elements of survival, development and self-determination for many communities, including indigenous peoples, herders, and nomadic communities, who due to embedded forms of discrimination do not have access to secure control of these resources. My research is examining how human rights law could provide a source to claim back the right of these communities to manage, use, control and own their natural ressources.



    • Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights under International Law: From Victims to Actors (Transnational Publishers-Brill 2007). ISBN 1-57105-369-7 (2nd Revised Edition: forthcoming, September 2016).


    • Nomadic Peoples and Human Rights (Routledge, March 2014). ISBN 978-0-415-52696-8


    • Fighting the Resource Curse: Human Rights and Natural Resources Management (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, December 2017)




      Book Chapters


    • ‘Resources Grabbing and Human Rights: Building a Triangular Relationship Between States, Indigenous Peoples and Corporations’ (with Nadia Bernaz), in Angelica Bonfanti, Francesca Romanin Jacur, Francesco Seatzu (eds), Natural Resources Grabbing: Erosion or Legitimate Exercise of State Sovereignty?, (Brill, December 2015)


    • ‘Perspectives on Cultural Genocide: From Criminal Law to Cultural Diversity’, in Margaret de Guzman and Diane Amann (eds.), Arcs of Global Justice: Essays in Honor of William A. Schabas (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, September 2016).


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and Cultural Heritage: Towards a Right to Cultural Integrity”, in Alexandra Xanthaki (eds), Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Heritage (Forthcoming, Asghate, September 2016).


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage and Human Rights’, in Stefan Disko and Helen Tugendhat (eds.), Indigenous Peoples and the World Heritage Convention (IWGIA and Forest Peoples Programme, October 2015)


    • ‘La Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme dans la presse du Royaume Uni’; in E. Lambert, La Cour Européenne des Droits et la Presse, (Bruylant-Nemesis, May, 2015).


    • ‘Graphic Reporting: Human Rights through the lens of Graphic Novels” (with D. Keane), in T. Gidden (ed.) Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law (Routledge, March 2015).


    • ‘The New Scramble for Africa: Towards a Human Rights-based Approach to Large Scale Land Acquisition in the SADC Region’ (with David Keane), Ben Chiagara (ed.), Land Rights in Southern Africa (Routledge,  June 2011)


    • ‘Land Rights and the Forest Peoples of Africa: An International Legal Perspective (with Valerie Couillard), in Robert Home (ed.), Land Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa (Pretoria University Law Press, 2011)


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples and Peace-Agreements: Transforming Relationships or Empty Rhetoric?’ in Felipe Gomez and Gaby Ore Aguilar (eds) Transforming Societies Emerging From Conflicts: An Agenda For Equality And Social Justice (Intersentia – 2011)


    • ‘A new dawn over the Land: Shedding Light on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights’ (with Cathal Doyle), in Stephen Allen & Alexandra Xanthaki (eds.), Reflections on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and International Law (Hart Publishing, 2011).


    • ‘Custodians of the land: Indigenous peoples, human rights and cultural integrity’, in William Logan, Mairead NicCraith, Michele Langfield(eds.), Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights Intersections in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2010)


    • ‘Les Tribunaux Militaires et Tribunaux d’exceptions en République d’Irlande’ (with Clémentine Olivier), in Elisabeth Lambert-Abdelgawad (ed.), Tribunaux militaires, Juridictions d'exception: perspectives comparées et internationales, (AUF, Coll. "Actualités francophones", 2007).


    • ‘The Treatment of Territory of Indigenous Peoples in International law’, in J. Castellino & S. Allen, Title to Territory in International Law (Ashgate, 2003), pp.199 - 228.


    • ‘The Blur of a Distinction: Adivasis Experience with Land Rights, Self-Rule and Autonomy’. In N. Walsh and J. Castellino, International Law and Indigenous Peoples (Martinus Nijhof Publishers, 2005)


      Peer-Reviewed Articles


    • ‘Equality versus Fraternity? Rethinking France and its Minorities’ (with David Keane) – International Journal of Constitutional Law – Forthcoming 2017


    • ‘Land Grabbing, Investors, and Indigenous Peoples: new legal strategies for an old practice?’  Community Development Journal, doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsv025 (Oct. 2015)


    • ‘Land Rights as Human Rights: The Case for a Specific Right to Land’, SUR Journal on Human Rights, Vol. 18 (February 2014) 


    • ‘The Right to Freely Dispose of Natural Resources: Utopia or Forgotten Right?’, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights Vol. 31/3, 295-322 (September, 2013)


    • ‘Constitutionalism, Ethnicity and Minority Rights in Africa: A Legal Appraisal from the Great Lakes Region’, International Journal of Constitutional Law 11: 414-437 (April, 2013).


    • ‘Land Rights and Nomadic Peoples: Using International Law at the Local Level’, Nomadic peoples, Volume 16, Issue 2 (Winter 2012)


    • ‘Corporate Accountability & Indigenous Peoples: Prospects and Limitations of the US Alien Tort Claims Act’, 19 (1) International Journal of Minority and Groups Rights, (2012) pp. 25-52.


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights in Africa: the Pragmatic Revolution of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,’ International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol 60, January 2011 pp 37–62


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples and Globalization: From ‘Development Aggression’ to ‘Self-Determined Development’(with Cathal Doyle), European Yearbook on Minority Issues Vol. 8 (January 2011)


    • ‘Historical Indigenous Peoples' Land Claims: A Comparative and International Approach to the Common Law Doctrine on Indigenous Title’ 56 (3) International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2007) 538-611


    • ‘Nomadic Territories: A Human Rights Approach to Nomadic Peoples' Land Rights’ 7:4 Human Rights Law Review (2007): 681-716


    • ‘Indigenous Rights in the Making: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ 14 (2) International Journal on Minority and Groups Rights (2007)


    • ‘Still no Place to Go: Nomadic Peoples’ Territorial Rights in Europe’, 4 European Yearbook on Minority Issues 141-159 (July 2006).


    • ‘Justice not Revenge: The International Criminal Court and the ‘grounds to exclude criminal responsibility’: defences or negation of criminality?’ 10 (2) The International Journal of Human Rights 143-160 (June 2006).


    • ‘Self-Determination, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities’, 3 Macquarie Law Journal, 2003, pp.155-178 (With Joshua Castellino)


    • ‘Environmental Degradation as A Threat to Life: A Question of Justice?’, 6 Trinity College Law Review, 2003, pp.81-97


    • ‘Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Degradation: Human Rights Protection in a Time of Globalisation?’ Nottingham Human Rights Law Review, Student Supplement, June 2001, pp.21-30




    • “Moving towards a Right to Land: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ Treatment of Land Rights as Human Rights”, Centre on Human Rights in Conflict and Minority Rights Group (2015)


    • “Guidance on Business and Human Rights: a Review”, (with Nadia Bernaz) British Equality & Human Rights Commission (2012)


    • “Étude de la législation de la République Centrafricaine au vu de la Convention 169 de l’Organisation internationale du travail relative aux peuples indigènes et tribaux”, Rainforest Foundation UK (2012)


    • ‘Business, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples: The Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent’, submitted to the United Kingdom Joint Committee on Human Rights (2009).


    • ‘Land Rights and the Forest Peoples of Africa: Historical, Legal and Anthropological Perspectives’, Forest Peoples Programme (2009)


    • “Mainstreaming Human Rights in Treaties and Agreements between States and Indigenous Peoples”, Working Paper, United Nations Expert Seminar on Treaties and other arrangements between States and Indigenous Peoples, UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.4/2004/7 (2004)


    • ‘Galway Anti-Racism Strategy, A Legal Appraisal’ (with Anthony Cullen, Shane Darcy and David Keane) Galway City Partnership, National Campaign Against Racism (2004)


    • ‘Accountability and Impunity: Chasing a Mirage in Jammu and Kashmir - An assessment of the ground situation from 1999 to July 2002’, (with Paul Green and Steve Kostas), South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (2003).




    References entries/Book Reviews


    • “Indigenous Peoples”, in Oxford Bibliographies in International Law. Ed. Tony Carty. New York: Oxford University Press, December 2014.


    • “Roma, Gypsies and Travellers”/ ‘Roms et gens du voyage’, in Dictionary of European Actors, Larcier pub, March 2015, Dictionaire des Acteurs Europeens


    • “Minority-Related Activities in the United Nations System in 2013” (with Sally Holt and Rajiv Jebodh), European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online, Volume 12, Issue 1 (2015)


    • ‘Minority Policy of the African Union’, and ‘Nomadic Territories’, in Lexicon of non-national groups and communities in the Mediterranean; Dec. 2014.


    • Entries (The Right to Self-determination; Cultural Rights: The Right to Enjoy a Distinct Culture; Indigenous Peoples’ Rights) in Christien Van den Anker and Rhona Smith (eds.) The Essential Guide to Human Rights (Hodder, March 2005)


    • Book Review: Federico Lenzerini (ed.), Reparations for Indigenous Peoples: International and Comparative Perspectives (OUP, 2009), in Human Rights Law Review, 2010(3): 586-589


    • Book Review: A. Wimmer, R.Goldstone, and all (eds.), Facing Ethnic Conflicts: Towards a New Realism, Paperback: 384 pages, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 1, 2004), in Ethnic Conflict Research Digest, 2005, Volume 5, Number 1


    • Book Review: Jochen A. Frowein and RüdigerWolfrum (eds.), Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, Vol. 5, 2001 (The Hague, Kluwer Law International), in Ethnic Conflict Research Digest, 2005, Volume 5, Number 1


    Non-Academic Publications/ Newspapers articles


    • ‘Nomadism, Land Disputes and Security’, Sustainable Security, June 2016 ( )


    • ‘The Closure of RAIPON: Indigenous Peoples of Russia are losing their Voice’, EHRAC Newsletter, March 2013


    • “La France et ses banlieues : entre ‘racailles’ et droit des minorités”, France-Soir, 12 January 2006.


    • “Wake up! France has Minorities”, Opinion – Metro Eireann, December 2005, p.8.


    • ‘Judgement Reserved: The Case of the National Human Rights Commission of India’ Seminar, Vol.512, States of Insecurity, April 2002


    • ‘No to Slavery: Mauritania won’t speak of it’, Human Rights Features, 18-24 March 2002


    • ‘Le Protocole de Montréal, le droit de dire non aux OGM’ in La Lettre, Fédération Internationale des Droits de l’Homme, March 2000.


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