Can International Law Support Changes to Federal Indian Policy? 
Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
CLE Conference

Friday, April 19, 2013
8:30 a.m. –  5:30 p.m.
(Pacific Time /  Mountain Time Arizona)
(Check-In 8:00 a.m.)

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In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, formally recognizing the legal rights of indigenous peoples.  Three years later, the U.S. announced its support for the Declaration, reversing its prior opposition to this historic international document.  This interdisciplinary conference will reflect on the development of the Declaration and consider how international law and the Declaration can be used by indigenous people and others in the United States to develop a more just federal Indian policy for the future.

 Keynote Speaker:  

S. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Regents’ Professor and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights and Policy, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

 Featured Speaker: 

Dr. Julian Burger, visiting professor, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK.   He headed the programme on indigenous peoples at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva for twenty years.

Other Speakers include:  Andrea Carmen, Joshua Cooper, Kenneth Deer, Philip S. (Sam) Deloria, Leonard Gorman, Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee,  Dion Killsback, Chief J. Wilton Littlechild, Robert J. Miller,  Alan Parker,  G. William Rice,  Rebecca Tsosie,  Siegfried Wiessner, and more…

Registration Information:  (register for lunch and materials)
General Public, Tribal Communities, Students Click here for free registration
CLE Registration for Attorneys seeking CLE credits $150.00 by April 15

CLE Credits: The State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of California do not approve or accredit, however, this event may qualify for up to 5 general CLE credits.  5.5 CLE credits have been approved by the New Mexico MCLE Board.

Conference Planning Chairs:

  • Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program
  • G. William Rice, Associate Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Co-Director, Native American Law Center

Event Coordinator:  Darlene Lester at or 480-965-7715.

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University,
Armstrong Hall, Great Hall
1100 S. McAllister Avenue,  Tempe, AZ 85287-7906

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 Sponsored by the Indian Legal Program and the Center for Law and Global Affairs

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors!

Breakfast Speaker Sponsor                                    Lunch Sponsor

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe             Ak-Chin Indian Community

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