Public lecture by Professor Timo Koivurova
"Indigenous International Law in the Arctic"
Date: Thursday, 24th March 2011
Time: 6.00pm. Light refreshments available from 5.30pm
Venue: S.1.02 S Block, University of Waikato
The lecture will first outline the general contours of evolvement of the rights of indigenous peoples in international law as part of the general historical development of international law and policy. Thereafter, it would be of interest to examine what are the current trends in the development of indigenous rights in international law, with particular emphasis on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and, in particular, how the nation-states and indigenous peoples were able to broker a compromise on how self-determination of indigenous peoples was articulated in the Declaration. The final part of the lecture will take us to the Arctic, to study whether and how much the national indigenous law and policy of the Arctic states (the five Nordic states, excluding Iceland, Russia, the United States and Canada) has been influenced by the evolving indigenous international law.
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