In the process of adjudication and litigation, indigenous peoples are usually facing a very complex and demanding process to prove their rights to their lands and ancestral territories. Courts and tribunals usually impose a very complex and onerous burden of proof on the indigenous plaintiffs to prove their rights over their ancestral territories. To prove their rights indigenous peoples often have to develop map of their territories to prove their economic, cultural, and spiritual connections to their territories. This article reflects on the role played by the mapping of indigenous territories in supporting indigenous peoples’ land claims. It analyses the importance of mapping within the process of litigation, but also its the impact beyond the courtroom.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.5553/ELR.000092, hdl.handle.net/1765/112644
Series Erasmus Law Review
Journal Erasmus Law Review
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Gilbert, J., & Begbie-Clench, B. (2018). “Mapping for Rights”: Indigenous Peoples, Litigation and Legal Empowerment. Erasmus Law Review, 11(1), 6–13. doi:10.5553/ELR.000092