Indigenous Rights in International Politics: The Case of “Overcompliant” Liberal States

  title={Indigenous Rights in International Politics: The Case of “Overcompliant” Liberal States},
  author={Sheryl R. Lightfoot},
  journal={Alternatives: Global, Local, Political},
  pages={104 - 83}
  • Sheryl R. Lightfoot
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Political Science
  • Alternatives: Global, Local, Political
An overcompliant state is one that paradoxically takes actions that recognize specific rights or a category of rights that go beyond or even against that state's international human rights treaty obligations or its normative international commitments. Since there is no existing IR literature that would explain why a state might paradoxically comply or “overcomply” with its stated commitments, there is also no theory to explain what would propel a state to “overcomply” with an emergent norm… 

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