Seminar: “We don’t need it in Sweden”: Swedish mining industry attitudes concerning respect for indigenous rights by Rebecca Lawrence

Rescheduled for a later date – will update when finalised.

Please come along to Dr Rebecca Lawrence’s talk next Tuesday at Macquarie.

Abstract: There are growing societal expectations, as encompassed in international law and norms, that corporations must seek the consent of affected indigenous communities before undertaking resource extraction activities on indigenous territories. This presentation will discuss some preliminary research findings on the existing knowledge and attitudes within the Swedish mining industry concerning the question of indigenous rights, and specifically that of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Mining companies operating in Sweden do not currently respect or implement the principle of FPIC, and we (Rebecca Lawrence & Sara Moritz, Research Fellow, Political Science, Stockholm University) explore how mining representatives justify and reconcile this through various discourses, including the rationale that human rights protections are superfluous in Sweden.

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Bio: Dr Rebecca Lawrence is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Geography & Planning. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersection of Indigenous claims with governments and the private sector. Her current research projects concern relations between the mining industry and local/Indigenous communities in Sweden, Finland, Norway, South Africa and Australia.



When: 23rd May Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00pm
Where: building W6A room 107, Macquarie University.

No RSVP required. All welcome!




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