2016 World Indigenous Law Conference

Rights, Responsibilities, and Resilience: An International Discourse on Indigenous Peoples’ Jurisprudence
2016 World Indigenous Law Conference
The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October 2016 in North America for the first time. This Conference is an international forum aimed at gathering Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. Key elements of this conference include an international discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence: examining legal frameworks and strategies for self-determined futures. This third such international law convening will focus on Indigenous Peoples' legal issues, rights and strategies: 
  • Rights of Mother Earth
  • Violence Against Indigenous Women & Children
  • Traditional Knowledge 
  • Relationship to Lands & Territories
  • Doctrine of Discovery & Terra Nullius
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Treaties & Conventions
  • Tribal Jurisdictions and Territorial Integrity
  • Intellectual Property
The Conference report is available here.

Tongva & Acjachemen Peoples' Traditional Territories

The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, California USA

October 19-22, 2016

The Maori Law Society hosted the inaugural conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, Aotearoa (New Zealand) in 2012, and the second was coordinated in 2014 by the Indigenous Law Association of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia at the Queensland University of Technology.

University of California, Irvine
University of California, Irvine School of Law

University of California, Irvine Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy Department of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine School of Law Center on Globalization, Law & Society
University of California, Office of Inclusive Excellence, ADVANCE Program for Equity & Diversity
Semillas Sociedad Civil
Aurora Projekt
Humboldt State University College of Professional Studies
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
American Indian Airwaves
Coast Central Credit Union
Native Cultures Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP
Sherwood Valley Rancheria
University of California Los Angeles American Indian Studies Center
Table Bluff Reservation, Wiyot Tribe

Convening Partners
American Indian Law Alliance
Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory
Indigenous Law Association of Queensland Australia
Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade
Northern California Tribal Court Coalition

Ollin Law
Red Deer Consulting
Rock House Project
Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa – The Māori Law Society 
Thompson Rivers University ne Secwepemc'ulecw Faculty of Law
Tonatierra Community Development Institute
UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative

Host Committee
American Indian Resource Center, University of California at Irvine
Conference Agenda

The 2016 World Indigenous Law Conference agenda may be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.

Keynotes and presentations from renowned legal scholars, lawyers, judges, wisdom keepers, community leaders, and philosophers, including:

  • Walter Echohawk, Sr. (Pawnee), attorney, author, legal expert and visionary for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and nations
  • Joshua Creamer (Wannyi / Kalkadoon), Barrister-in-law specilizing in Native title.
  • Naomi Lanoi (Masaai), human rights advocate
  • Deborah Sanchez (Chumash/O'odham), first elected Native American judge to the Superior Court in Los Angeles, California
  • Abby Abinanti (Yurok), tribal judge and attorney, previously a Superior Court Commissioner for over 17 years
  • Beverly Jacobs (Mohawk), legal scholar, lawyer, and community leader
  • Oren Lyons (Onondaga Nation), Faithkeeper
Livestreaming of plenaries and certain sessions will be made available during the conference. Viewers may access livestreaming at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/PDTGkFLePhB.
Banquet Evening & Silent Auction

On Friday, October 21 from 6:30pm-9:30pm, the 2016 World Indigenous Law Conference will be complemented by our banquet evening and silent auction.

Guests will enjoy a cultural performance by Anahuacalmecac dancers, and savor in an elegant plated dinner, hors d'oeurves, and other delectables. Our banquet will be accompanied by special guests, including keynote presenters, and showcase an intimate silent auction of distinct items from throughout the Indigenous World. This evening is hosted in the Hilton's Monarch Ballroom with limited seating. Semiformal attire.

Hilton Irvine ~ Monarch Ballroom
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, California 92612

Continuing Legal Education Credits
This conference qualifies for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits in the State of California.
Office country code: (+1)   Office phone number: (707) 825-7640
Logo Artwork by the acclaimed Acjachemen/Tongva artist, L.Frank Manriquez.

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