Florida International University College of Law Professor Lillian Aponte Miranda was invited to present her scholarship at the University of Georgia School of Law symposium on “International Law in a Time of Scarcity,” which took place on Feb. 4-5. The symposium, sponsored by the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Politics, addressed global policy in relation to the scarcity of resources.
The symposium brought together leading policy makers and legal scholars from across the country to address the concept and definition of scarcity, the regulation of scarcity, and potential solutions to the consequences of scarcity. Policy-makers and scholars engaged in various roundtable discussions throughout the day with the aim of crafting a foundation for future policy and scholarship on the role of international law in scarcity issues.
As part of a roundtable discussion on the regulation of scarcity, Professor Miranda addressed issues of land and natural resource scarcity in the context of state development projects. “State development projects have become sites of intense political, social, and cultural contestation among a diversity of actors. Natural resource extraction and large-scale infrastructure projects, which are often tied to a state’s pursuit of economic development, raise issues of entitlement by local communities to own, occupy, use, or access the land or natural resources at issue. Local communities typically bear the brunt of the detrimental externalities produced by the project, whether loss of land or loss of access to natural resources tied to cultural practices and economic subsistence. Often, such communities have suffered from marginalization and discrimination,” she said.
“It is significant to note that while international law may have only been originally concerned with the distribution of territory and natural resources at an inter-state level, international law plays a distributive role today over land and natural resources at an intra-state level. This evolution in international law deserves attention, particularly with respect to its potential for alleviating conditions of continued subordination faced by historically marginalized communities at the sites of these projects.” Professor Miranda adds, “I was delighted to be part of this important conversation.”
Professor Miranda teaches civil procedure, property, international human rights, and a seminar on indigenous rights in international law. Her scholarship engages the intersection of indigenous peoples’ rights, minority rights, international law, and human rights law.