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.

Fall 2021 Speaker Series

Law Cats Live: Collaborating to build the policy infrastructure for Indian Country

August 27, 12:15PM (Arizona time)

Join us on August 27 at 12:15 PM (Arizona time) for LawCats Live, "Collaborating to build the policy infrastructure for Indian Country."

Arizona Law Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie and Lohse Fellow Darrah Blackwater ('20) will discuss the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's policy initiative and ways in which grassroots leadership and advocacy at the community level can inform federal policy. During this lively conversation they will focus on spectrum sovereignty, broadband infrastructure in Indian Country, digital inclusion, environmental and climate resilience, as well as the comparative research being done across borders on Indigenous health, education, and sustainable economies.

Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Uo_vDNCUSlSJOeB6igTHzg

Indigenous Governance Program Info Session

Sep 28, 2PM (Arizona time)

Join Professor Robert Williams, Miriam Jorgensen, and Torivio Fodder to learn about the graduate and professional degrees and certificates offered by the Indigenous Governance Program (IGP). A partnership between University of Arizona Law’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute (NNI), IGP provides professional development, leadership training, and graduate education for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights.

We offer a Master of Professional Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance, and a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance.

Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcofuGurzIvGtCn6hVbijbcV86KGSa...

20 Years of Indigenous Advocacy: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

October 6-7

The 20 Years of Indigenous Advocacy: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples conference will be held October 6-7, fully online.

The conference will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mandate. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and there will be a special event as part of the conference acknowledging the work of the IPLP Program and its graduates in promoting and protecting Indigenous peoples’ human rights around the world.

The conference will be co-convened by UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and University of Arizona Law Lecturer in Law and Associate Director, IPLP Human Rights Clinical Programs, José Francisco Calí Tzay, and IPLP Faculty Co-Chair, Regents Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr.

The two-day conference will focus on the work and lessons learned over the course of 20 years of UN Indigenous human rights advocacy by the UN Special Rapporteur. Invited speakers include the Indigenous human rights advocates and movement leaders who were directly involved in the creation of the mandate, UN appointed officials involved in the initial launch of the mandate, Indigenous human rights defenders on the front lines of Indigenous human rights advocacy today, and surprise guests.

View a recording of the conference.

Recognizing Ourselves: Indigenous Recognition in North America

October 29, 12-2PM PST
Register: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctf-murDMjE9AcWAYlbi_IYb-c317...

University of Arizona Law's Arizona  Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (AJELP), Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program are excited to bring you a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Professor Rob Williams, Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Dr. Danielle Hiraldo, and Mr. Gabriel Galanda, titled "Recognizing Ourselves: Indigenous Recognition in North America."

Registration is required to attend the event: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctf-murDMjE9AcWAYlbi_IYb-c317...

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.  

View the recording in English

View the recording in Spanish


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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