Participation and Decision-making in Non-dominant Communities. A Perspective from Civic Republicanism

Hans Morten Haugen
  • International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, July 2016, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/15718115-02303005

What is it about?

The article investigates the civic republicanism non-domination approach to freedom, which encompasses power asymmetries. This freedom approach differs from the neo-liberal freedom approach which is essentially about non-interference. Recent jurisprudence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights is analysed. It is found that the non-domination approach is a relevant approach in order to bridge the many gaps (participation/representation, accountability and protection) vulnerable communities depending upon harvesting of natural resources are struggling with. It is found that the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) requirement is not formally recognized in only one state's legislation, the Philippines, specification of the less demanding free, prior and informed consultation is interpreted by the IACtHR in a manner which is essentially corresponding to the FPIC requirement.

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