Brokering justice: Global indigenous rights and struggles over hydropower in Nepal

Thomas Sikor, Poshendra Satyal, Hari Dhungana, Gyanu Maskey

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This article explores the dynamics of brokerage at the intersection between the justice conceptions enshrined in global norms and the notions of justice asserted in specific socio-environmental struggles. Using the case of a small hydropower project in Nepal, we trace the attempts of an indigenous activist to enrol villagers in his campaign against the background of villagers’ everyday negotiations with the hydropower company. The study shows how global norms, such as indigenous peoples’ rights, may fail to gain traction on the ground or even become sources of injustice in particular contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-329
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Issue number3
Early online date13 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • global norms
  • justice conceptions
  • brokerage
  • indigenous rights
  • hydropower

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