IPLP Speaker Series

Each semester the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program hosts leading Indigenous rights scholars and legal advocates as part of IPLP’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

All IPLP speaker series events are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to law-iplp@email.arizona.edu. For the spring 2021 semester all events will be held online via Zoom.

Spring 2021 Speaker Series

Virtual Consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

March 17, 9 A.M. (MST)

The University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invite you to participate in a virtual consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Francisco Calí Tzay, on Wednesday March 17, 2021, 9-10:30am MST/ 11-12:30pm EST/17-18:30pm CET.  The consultation will inform the Special Rapporteur’s annual report to the General Assembly on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples living in Urban Areas to be presented at the 76th session in October 2021.  

Participants are invited to share information, updates, views and opinions on the issue in the form of 3-minute interventions to the Special Rapporteur. We will do our best to hear from all participants. In the event that some participants are unable to speak, they will be invited to submit written interventions.  

The discussion will be organized around the following themes: specific causes and consequences of urbanization, the effects of racism and racial discrimination on Indigenous peoples living in urban areas, and the development of resilience, best practices, and strategies employed by Indigenous movements or organizations to improve the living conditions of urban indigenous peoples. The Special Rapporteur welcomes information on intersectionality, including in relation to gender, children and disability, as this pertains to the above areas.  

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Conversations With Haury: UN Rapporteur Jose Francisco Cali Tzay

February 15, 1 P.M. (MST)
Online, Via Zoom

The Haury Program invites you to join a conversation with U.N. Special Rapporteur José Francisco (Pancho) Calí Tzay, Regents Professor and Arizona Law IPLP faculty co-chair Robert A. Williams, and Haury Program Interim Director Toni Massaro.

You will have the opportunity to listen to Mr. Calí Tzay's vision regarding best practices and the implementation of international standards concerning Indigenous peoples' rights. We will open a Q&A session after the conversation. 

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IPLP Info Session

February 19, 12:15 –1:15 P.M. (MST)
Online, Via Zoom

Presenter: Robert A. Williams, Jr., Regents Professor, E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by University of Arizona Law and the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program.

Professor Robert Williams will discuss the wide range of degree programs offered by IPLP and answer common questions about the application process, tips on a successful application, and career opportunities in tribal law and policy.

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Reparations - Theories and Possible Models

February 22, 12 P.M. (MST)
Online, Via Zoom

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) invites you to attend a special edition of their Coffee Conversation Series. To recognize Black History Month, BLSA is partnering with the Native American Law Students Association and the Arizona Law Review to host a panel to discuss the theory behind reparations, as well as the feasibility and possible forms thereof. 

BLSA is excited to host USC Gould School of Law Professor Jody David Armour, Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke, and Arizona Law's own Professor Rebecca Tsosie on the panel, and looks forward to a serious, critical evaluation of reparations for slavery and Native land theft.

Lawyering for Change: What Lies on the Horizon for Tribes and the Federal Trustee

March 3, 12:15 P.M. (MST)
Online, Via Zoom

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and Environmental Law, Science & Policy Program for a conversation with former Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins. Hilary will discuss her thoughts on the Biden Administration's agenda as it relates to environmental justice, U.S. affirmative litigation in support of tribal rights, renewable energy development, and conservation/co-management in Indian Country. 

Hilary Tompkins serves as partner at Hogan Lovells. Her legal experience includes the areas of natural resources, environmental, energy, and Native American law. Hilary's current practice ranges from environmental, energy, and natural resources matters to litigation, product compliance, and corporate due diligence.

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Fall 2020 Speaker Series

Federalism and Development of Constitutional Order in Iraq

October 7, 12:15 –1:15 P.M. (MST)
Online, Via Zoom

IPLP alumnus Hamdy Singary (SJD, ’09) will discuss the history and development of the status of Kurds as a nation within the Iraqi state, from the post World War 1 constitutional order to present day. Singary will also explore the role federalism plays in conflict resolution between Kurds and the Iraqi government under the current constitution, ratified by the Iraq Parliament in 2005.