Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples'
Rights: Public seminar on 19 July 2010

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The Maori Business Programme, Victoria Management School and the NZ Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, in partnership with Peace Movement Aotearoa, invite you to:

A public seminar with the
UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Professor James Anaya
the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, where he teaches and writes on international human rights, indigenous peoples' rights, and constitutional law.

Professor Anaya is considered one of the world's most influential legal scholars and practitioners in indigenous peoples' rights under international law. He participated in the negotiations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and has acted for indigenous peoples in cases resulting in landmark decisions, such as Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. His publications include the widely acclaimed books Indigenous Peoples in International Law (1996, 2004) and International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (2009).

Since his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People in 2008, Professor Anaya's work has included putting the UN Declaration into practice. He is in Aotearoa at the invitation of the government to follow up on the visit of the previous Special Rapporteur, Dr Rodolfo Stavenhagen, who came in 2005 to assess the human rights situation of Maori following the enactment of the Foreshore and Seabed Act. Dr Stavenhagen's report is available here.

Monday, 19 July 2010, 5.30pm to 7pm
Lecture Theatre Two, Rutherford House

(Corner Bunny Street and Lambton Quay, Pipitea campus,
Victoria University, Wellington)

No door charge ~ RSVPs are not required ~ Copies of Making the Declaration Work, edited by Claire Charters and Rodolfo Stavenhagen, will be available for purchase.

For more information contact Aroha Te Pareake Mead, email or tel 04 463 6911, or Peace Movement Aotearoa, email

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