The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), present a talk by Carlos Andrés Baquero-Díaz (NYU LAW) titled "Recognition with Redistribution. Rights and ethnoracial justice in Latin America," as part of the Racisms in Comparative Perspective Working Group, moderated by Professor Pamela Calla.
This text documents trends in the regulation of diversity in the continent, as well as the recognition claims of Afro and indigenous communities that have taken place since the 1990s when “multicultural constitutionalism” emerged.
This “multicultural constitutionalism” has translated into very diverse – even contradictory – norms and practices within and between different countries. In many national contexts, the recognition of diversity has not gone hand in hand with the redistribution of resources and political power.
This book presents an analytical framework and an empirical panorama of the reality of indigenous and afro-descendant rights throughout the region. To this end, it traces trends, advances, and tensions in the regulation of cultural diversity and ethnic-racial justice through the analysis of four themes: the right to prior consultation, criminal laws against racism, recognition of territorial rights and the implementation of affirmative action programs in higher education.
A pdf version of the text can be found here.
Carlos Andrés Baquero-Díaz is a JSD student from Colombia at NYU Law. His research interests include environmental law, human rights, multiculturalism, and governance.
Carlos Andrés holds an LLM on International Legal Studies from NYU Law, where he was a Hauser Global Scholar. He also has a J.D. from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), where he graduated as cum laude, and a B.A. in Political Science from the same university.
He worked as a researcher in the Global Justice and Human Rights Program at Universidad de los Andes on issues about race, access to law, and discrimination. After that, he was a researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society—Dejusticia working with indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, environmental issues, and anti-discrimination cases in different countries in Latin America. He also works as legal advisor at the Racial Discrimination Watch, dealing with issues about racial inequality and law. His interests on multiculturalism and human rights are reflected as well on the Centro de Información de la Consulta Previa, where he worked as coordinator collecting and organizing legal and political strategies to protect indigenous rights. More recently he worked on a joint project of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment about participation and extractivism in Latin America. Before joining NYU Law, he was Lecturer on Environmental Law at Universidad de los Andes.
Pamela Calla is an anthropologist and is the Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and director of the Observatory on Racism of the Universidad de la Cordillera in La Paz, Bolivia. Currently she also co-coordinates the "Network of Observatories on Racism in the Americas", an initiative launched by the Universidad de la Cordillera and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas. She is the author of works on race, racism, gender, sexism, ethnicity, interculturality and state formation in Bolivia and coeditor of Antropología del Estado: Dominación y prácticas contestatarias en America Latina. She was an Associate Researcher of the "The State of the State in Bolivia", a project ofthe Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano, 2007, United Nations Development Project and coeditor and author of Observando el Racismo: Racismo y Regionalismo en el Proceso Constituyente Boliviano, Agenda Defensorial No. 11 and 13, Defensor del Pueblo and Universidad de la Cordillera.