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. Joshua will also consult with Indigenous peoples in workshops and other forums as part of his research.

Prior to becoming a fellow, Joshua was contributing to CIGI’s research on international Indigenous law. He has researched wise practices in Indigenous community-based economies at the University of Victoria, and is the author of The End(s) of Community: History, Sovereignty, and the Question of Law, a Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2013 publication. He is also the author of a forthcoming University of Toronto Press publication investigating the foundations of Aboriginal law.

Joshua has a bachelor of political science and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Alberta; a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto; a J.D. in law from the University of British Columbia; and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Victoria. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Indigenous Bar Association, as well as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.


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