Group Autonomy and Its Critics


Human Rights Perspectives

fredag 7. desember 2012, kl. 09:00

Sal: Wergeland

Arrangør: Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, UiO

Inngang: Gratis

Are group rights of indigenous peoples and faith communities threatening the rights of women and sexual minorities? This is a main question at the international, interdisciplinary conference taking place 7th and 8th December as a part of the 25th anniversary of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Conference is open to public. For registration, please send an email to


Day 1: Friday, 7 December 2012
09:00 – 09:30
Nils A. Butenschøn
Greetings from the Rector of the University of Oslo
Ole Petter Ottersen
Opening Statement
Gry Larsen
Introductory remarks
Maria Lundberg and Ingvill Thorson Plesner
09:30 – 10:15
Keynote Lecture
Ayelet Shachar
10:15 – 10:45
Plenary Discussion
10:45 – 11:00
Coffee Break
Nation-Building and Recognition of Peoples’ Rights: Core Dilemmas of Ethnic Autonomy Politics
Case Study 1:
Are Nation-Building Policies Thwarting Implementation of Peoples’ Rights?
Moderator: Else Grete Broderstad
11:00 – 12:00
Implementing “Regional National Autonomy Law” for Peoples’ Rights in China?
Nation-State Transition and Linguistic Practices: The Tibet-China Dispute
Robert Barnett
Case of Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina
John Packer
The Sami Parliament and Beyond: Options and Constraints for Sami Nation-Building
Laila Susanne Vars
12:00 – 13:00
Plenary Discussion
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
Case Study 2:
To What Extent Are Indigenous Peoples’ and Ethnic Minorities’ Rights to Effective Participation Respected in Decision-Making on the Use of Natural Resources?
Moderator: Kirsti Strøm Bull
14:00 – 14:45
Comments on the Expert Mechanism Advice on Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Participate in Decision-Making, with a Focus on Extractive Industries
Chief Wilton Littlechild
Recent Development in the Sámi People’s Rights to Natural Resources in Norway
Ole Henrik Magga
Are There Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia? Circumventing Established Human Rights Concepts for the Sake of National Unity?
Knut D. Asplund
14:45 – 15:45
Plenary Discussion
15:45 – 16:00
Coffee Break
Session 2 (Part I):
Are Group Autonomy Rights Bad for Women and Sexual Minorities? Dilemmas and Conflicts
Case Study 3:
Self-Determination of Faith Communities and Non-Discrimination in Employment
Moderator: Ingvill Thorson Plesner
16:00 – 16:45
Protection against Gender Discrimination when Dealing with Employment in Religious Communities: The Norwegian Approach
Vibeke Blaker Strand
Religious Autonomy in the United States and Beyond: Towards a General Theory of Religious Autonomy
Cole Durham
Theory of Religious Autonomy
Jocelyn MacIure
16:45 – 17:45
Plenary Discussion
19:00 – 22:00
Dinner (by invitation only)
Welcome by Jan Erik Helgesen