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240531 SE Conflicts and law related to extraction of natural resources in indigenous contexts (P4) (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will start digital. If the Covid regulations allow it, it will change to on-site or hybrid.
Information about the lecture rooms will then follow in time.

Friday 30.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 21.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 09:15 - 18:00 Digital
Friday 11.06. 09:15 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The students will develop skills in the fields of intercultural issues over resource conflicts, learn the basics in legal and contractual frameworks of extractive industry – community relation as well as they will gain insights into theories such as resource curse, extractivism, indigenous cosmologies and indigenous relations to the environment. The students will intensely work on their seminar papers with a strong feedback support by the teachers in order to gain research writing skills.

This seminar introduces to contexts of natural resource extraction projects with a focus on non-renewable resources. The course will, firstly, frame the interrelation of people and societies, with a special focus on indigenous peoples, with concepts of the environment and nature as well as indigenous methodologies. Secondly, it draws on aspects of community-industry relations and local participation in the extractive sector. Thirdly, a focus will be on relevant national and international legal frameworks such as land rights, the rights to prior consultation and benefits sharing. Corporate conduct and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as Corporate Sustainability (CS) concepts will be discussed, also from the perspective and legal understanding of indigenous peoples. Finally, critical, theoretical approaches to e.g., legal regulations, extractivism, human rights, environmental impacts as well as loss of the basis for subsistence economy or destruction of indigenous spiritual landscapes are relevant themes in this context.

The first block-session will introduce to the concepts and themes mentioned above and themes for presentations will be distributed among small groups of students. There should be a geographic focus on the Arctic region and the Andean countries, possibly also on case studies from the South Pacific.
The second block session will be devoted to discussion of the compulsory literature.
In the 2 days-block session students-groups will present their theme. In doing so, all students learn different case studies in more detail.
Students will work out individual seminar papers on topics that are related to their presentation.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular participation in class debates/discussion;
Oral presentation of the results of research on an agreed topic;
Drafting of a seminar paper with about 35.000 Characters.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

80 % attendance is required. If one session is missed an additional assignment must be completed
The grade is defined as follows:
Seminar paper 40%
Presentation 40%
Contribution to discussion in class 20%

Examination topics

Reading list

Cathal M. Doyle (Ed): Business and Human Rights. Indigenous Peoples ' Experience with Access to Remedy. Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. IWGIA 2015.

Cathal M. Doyle: Indigenous Peopes Title to Territory, Rights and Resources. Routledge 2015.

Aslaug Mikkelsen et al (Eds.): Arctic Oil and Gas. Sustainability at Risk? Routledge 2008.

Rachel Lorna Johnstone et al. (Eds.): Regulation of Extractive Industries. Community Engagement in the Arctic. Routledge 2020.

Isabel Feichter, Markus Krajewski et al. (Eds.): Human Rights in the Extractive Industries. Transparancy, Participation, Resistance. Springer 2019.

Felipe Guerra Schleef & José Aylwin: Marco Jurídico Obligaciones Estatales, Implicancias para la Actividad Empresarial y Acceso a la Justicia. Observatorio Ciudadano Chile, 2018.

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