The ‘Then’ and the ‘Now’ of Forced Relocation of Indigenous Peoples: Repercussions in International Law, Torts and Beyond

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Forced relocations of tribal and indigenous peoples may seem a thing of the past, as few still defend colonialism. It is therefore seen as a historical trait that has reached its conclusion. Nevertheless, forced relocations of peoples still happens to this day, and may happen again; in the Arctic, for instance, several superpowers of this world express much interest in a strategic presence in this specific area. Today, a number of European countries have indigenous peoples on their territories. This article discusses this topic, taking its starting point in a case on forced relocation, which lasted for six decades. This article also discusses how forced relocation is regulated and possibly could be better handled today.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Public Law
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)203-220
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Indigenous people
  • Tort law
  • Human rights
  • Forced relocation
  • Expropriation
  • The Thule Tribe
  • Greenland
  • Public Liability
  • Leniency
  • Compensation Schemes

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