Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date

11-1-2013

Description

Presented by the University of Colorado's American Indian Law Program and the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), along with treaties, instruments, and decisions of international law, recognizes that indigenous peoples have the right to give "free, prior, and informed consent" to legislation and development affecting their lands, natural resources, and other interests, and to receive remedies for losses of property taken without such consent. With approximately 150 nations, including the United States, endorsing the UNDRIP, this requirement gives rise to emerging standards, obligations, and opportunities – and creates considerable uncertainty -- for governments, industries, and investors who work with indigenous peoples.

In this conference, the very first to address "FPIC" on a global and national scale, Colorado Law convenes leading experts to discuss legal standards, best practices, and new partnerships with respect to FPIC implementation in natural resource development, climate change, and cultural heritage matters. Join us for a cutting-edge, high-level discussion of interest to attorneys, indigenous nations, governmental agencies, NGO’s, environmental advocates, institutional investors, and industry leaders in energy, natural resources, and others.

Highlights include an opening keynote address by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (invited) and an evening book lecture and signing by human rights advocate and author Walter Echo-Hawk.

Moderator

Phil Weiser, Richard Collins, Carla Fredericks, Charles Wilkinson, Kristen Carpenter, Brad Udall