James C.
Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Affiliated Professor of American Indian Studies & Latin American Studies
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Biographical Information

Professor Hopkins is Algonquin/Metis from Quebec. He is a former law clerk to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is a member of the Ontario Bar. Prior to joining the College of Law, he was an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law, at the University of Alberta. He graduated from Harvard Law School's joint Masters of Laws and International Tax Program (LLM/ITP) in June 2000. Professor Hopkins' area of interest is the intersection between trade, tax and aboriginal law. He is a recipient of the Harvard University International Tax Program's Award for Excellence in Research and Writing for his graduate thesis titled, "Democratization by Taxation:  Democratic Experimentalism in Aboriginal Canada."

Representative Publications

  • Tribal Sovereignty and Climate Change: Moving Toward Intergovernmental Cooperation, in Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism 48 (Edella Schlager, Kirsten Engel, & Sally Rider eds., 2011).
  • Rights for Indigenous Peoples: The Struggle for Uniformity: The UN Declaration and Beyond, 9 Geo. J. Int'l Aff. 75 (2008).
  • Therapeutic Lending in a Post-Colonial World, 14 Mich. St. J. Int'l L. 439 (2006).
  • Visions of Indigenous Prosperity: Economic Self-Determination and the Role of Federal Indian Law, in Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Developments 67 (Joseph E. Magnet & Dwight A. Dorey eds., 2005).
  • Betting on Self-Determination, 5 Indigenous L. Bull. 8 (July 2002).
  • Constitutional Aspects of Aboriginal Economic Development: Taxation and Aboriginal Governance in Canada, in Constitucion y Derechos Indigenas 29 (Jorge Galvan ed., 2002).
  • Complete List of Publications


Harvard Law School

Graduated with the Award of Excellence in Research and Writing for LL.M. Thesis; Graduated summa cum laude; Mass. Indian Association Scholar, 1999

University of Toronto

Wilson Moot National finalist in tax & family law, 1995; Department of Justice Aboriginal Scholarship Recipient, 1994 - 1996; Roger Carter Q.C. Scholar, 1994; Leslie G. Dollinger Memorial Prize, 1993

B.A. (Innis College)
University of Toronto

Intern Award: Population Research, Department of Sociology, 1991 - 1992; Erindale Merit & Leadership Award, 1991

Admitted to Practice

Ontario, Canada

Work Experience

Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
James E. Rogers College of Law
2000 - present
National Chair in Aboriginal Economic Development; Associate Visiting Professor
Faculty of Law and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2010 - 2011
Visiting Professor of Law
University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Indigenous Legal Studies Program
Summer 2005
Adjunct Professor
University of Arizona American Indian Studies Program
2002 - present
Director, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
James E. Rogers College of Law
2000 - 2005
Thomas G. Feeney Visiting Professor in Business Law
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
Winter 2004
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Alberta Faculty of Law
Judicial Clerk
Hon. Regional Senior Justice Bernstein & Hon. Regional Senior Justice Platana - North East & North West Regions - Ontario Superior Court of Justice & Divisional Court of Ontario, Canada
Articles of Law
Fraser, Milner, Casgrain, Toronto, Canada
1996 - 1997

Public & Institutional Service

Researcher (with 4 others), Substance Abuse Prevention - Diversion Programs in Tribal Courts: Case Studies
2005 - 2007 (Federal Department of Justice Grant & The Native American Research and Training Center, The University of Arizona).
Co-principal Investigator (with 2 others), Health Law and Policy Implications for Native American Foster Care in Arizona
2005 - 2006 (Inter-Agency Agreement with the State of Arizona and the College of Medicine).
Clinical Supervisor (with 2 research fellows), Agricultural Industries in the Southwest: Law and Policy Implications for Tribes
2005 - 2006 (Research Grant in partnerhsip with the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office
Member, Governor for the State of Arizona's Tribal Health Advisory Group
2004 - 2006 (Provides research and policy recommendations on a wide range of health law and policy issues that effect tribal governments in Arizona.)
Manuscript Reviewer, University of Arizona Press
2004 - 2006
Member, Executive Committee - Native American Cancer Research Partnership, University of Arizona
2003 - 2004. NACRP is a cooperative agreement sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's Minority Institute/Cancer Center Program dedicated to alleviating the unequal burden of cancer among underserved populations.
Committee Member, CEGA, University of Arizona
2003 - 2004 (This is an interdisciplinary body focusing on the research between Humanities and Social Sciences, supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship).
Clinical Supervisor, Land Use Ordinances, Zoning, By-Law Development
2002 - 2003 (Training and Research Grant funded by the Administration for Native Americans for The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, California.)
Counsel Pro Bono to the Traditional Authorities of the Rio Yaqui Pueblos, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Supreme Court of Mexico, and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD)
Chief Justice of the Pascua Yaqui Court of Appeals, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucso