CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) is a proud sponsor and plenary participant at this year’s Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal Law Conference. The conference will include plenary sessions and smaller concurrent sessions for group discussion on the topic of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which has been a research focus for CIGI. Themes which will be explored in depth by the panels include UNDRIP and Canada’s constitutional framework, a framework for reconciliation versus a public relations scheme, free, prior and informed consent, lands, resources and the rise of international human rights.
In addition to CIGI led presentations the ILRP’s latest book Braiding Legal Orders will be featured.
James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson is a research fellow at the Native Law Centre of Canada, University of Saskatchewan College of Law. He was born to the Bear Clan of the Chickasaw Nation and Cheyenne Tribe in Oklahoma in 1944 and is married to Marie Battiste, a Mi’kmaw educator. In 1974, he received a juris doctorate in law from Harvard Law School.
Joshua Nichols is a CIGI fellow, effective December 2016. In this role, Joshua will explore the potential implications of UNDRIP’s implementation for constitutional law.
As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.