Arizona Professor James Anaya to Discuss Indigenous Rights

James AnayaJames Anaya, a Regents' professor at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, will give a special presentation from 6-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Room 2401 at the UNM School of Law. The title of his presentation will be International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples.

Anaya, who is also the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law & Policy at the U of A law school, will speak on his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. His topic will include his work promoting the implementation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A. 1980) and the Harvard Law School (J.D. 1983), Anaya is an expert in international human rights and indigenous peoples law and the author of the acclaimed book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law.

He has lectured in countries across the globe. He has advised many indigenous and other organizations from several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before courts and international organizations.

Among his noteworthy activities, Anaya participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law.

This presentation is sponsored by the Native American Law Students Association, the Tribal Law Journal and the International Law Students Association. Refreshments and light food will be provided.

November 16, 2011