Schouten-Korwa is a sole trader. Lawyer Fadjar Schouten-Korwa has a special focus on international law, human rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and the right of self-determination.

The principal (and secondary) legal practice area(s) in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister) is “General Practice (Administrative Law and Civil Law)”. Based on this registration ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area is required in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.


Human rights protect the dignity of all human beings. Everyone has human rights, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion or political affiliation. These rights apply always and everywhere, for everyone.

The basis for all international treaties and agreements on human rights is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This statement was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Subsequently, many treaties were concluded, in which human rights are described more precisely and which states the restrictions, e.g. the prohibition of discrimination.


The right of self-determination was included in the Charter of the United Nations 1945.  Subsequently, self-determination evolved into a right of peoples as a result of various authoritative resolutions of the UN General Assembly, and incorporation into various international conventions (such as International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 1, and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 1). Every nation can determine its political, social, economic and cultural future on the basis of the right to self-determination. The definition of the right of self-determination:

‘’All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.’’


There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 percent of the poorest. They speak more than 6,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

The inheritors and practitioners of these unique cultures represent a continuum of intellect and creativity throughout history. These are distinct from dominant societies and they have a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. This is often manifested through ceremony and storytelling with an emphasis on community, cooperation and responsibility to protect the environment.

Indigenous peoples have continuously sought  recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources. Yet throughout history their rights have been repeatedly violated.

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