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Professor Alexandra Xanthaki

Professor Alexandra Xanthaki
Research Director

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A minority and indigenous rights expert, Alexandra’s 2007 monograph Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-determination, Culture and Land (Cambridge University Press) is considered a reference book on indigenous rights and international law. In addition to indigenous rights, Alexandra also publishes on multiculturalism and cultural rights in international law. Among her numerous publications, the 2011 co-edited collection on \'Reflections on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples\' and her article on \'Multiculturalism and International Law Standards\' (HRQ, 2010) are widely used. Her work has been cited repeatedly in United Nations documents. She has given keynote speeches around the world, including recently in the Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi and the KL Bar, Malaysia. She has worked closely with the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, the ILO and several international NGOs, including Minority Rights Group International. She has taught in Keele, Liverpool and Oxford universities. In 2014, she was nominated for the European position of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Alexandra has been as the Deputy Head of Brunel Law School (2008-2011) and is now the Director of Research at Brunel Law School (2012- ). She teaches human rights and has been awarded a Brunel STAR award for her teaching and student support.


LLB (Athens) LLM (QUB) PhD (Keele) Barrister (Athens)

Newest selected publications

Xanthaki, A., Valkonen, S., Heinamaki, L. and Nuogram, P. (2017) 'Indigenous peoples' Cultural Heritage: Rights, Debates, Challenges'. Brill/Nijhoff. ISSN 13: 9789004342187


Xanthaki, A. (2016) 'Cultural rights and their implications for minority and indigenous communities', in Minority Rights International. and Grant, P. (eds.) State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016. Minority Rights Group International. pp. 14 - 25.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Heinämäki, L. and Xanthaki, A. (2017) 'Indigenous peoples' Customary Laws, Sámi People and Sacred Sites', in Heinämäki, L. and Herrmann, T. (eds.) Experiencing and Protecting Sacred Natural Sites of Sámi and other Indigenous Peoples The Sacred Arctic. Springer. pp. 65 - 82. ISBN 10: 3319480693.

Book chapter

Xanthaki, A. (2017) 'International Instruments on Cultural Heritage: Tales of Fragmentation', in Xanthaki, A., Valkonen, S., Heinämäki, L. and Nuorgam, P. (eds.) Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Heritage, Rights, Debates, Challenges. Brill/ NIjhoff.

Book chapter

Xanthaki, A. (2016) 'Against Integration, In favour of Human Rights'. The International Journal of Human Rights. ISSN: 1744-053X Open Access Link

Journal article
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