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James S. Anaya: Weissberg Chair in International Studies 2014-15

Residency:  April 6 - 11, 2015

James Anaya PhotoJames S. Anaya is Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

Prof. Anaya's bio from the University of Arizona's website:

Professor Anaya teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights, constitutional law, and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Among his numerous publications is his acclaimed book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press (1996); 2d ed. (2004)). He currently serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.


Professor Anaya has lectured in many countries in all continents of the globe. He has advised numerous indigenous and other organizations from several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before courts and international organizations. Among his noteworthy activities, he participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law.


As UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor Anaya monitors the human rights conditions of indigenous peoples worldwide, addresses situations in which their rights are being violated, and promotes practical measures to secure indigenous peoples' rights, all through direct contacts with governments, indigenous peoples, and others.


Prior to becoming a full time law professor, he practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, representing Native American peoples and other minority groups. For his work during that period, Barrister magazine, a national publication of the American Bar Association, named him as one of "20 young lawyers who make a difference."
Professor Anaya served on the law faculty at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1999, and he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tulsa.

Public Events:

 Thursday, February 12, Richardson Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

"Indigenous Cultural Heritage Preservation and Repatriation: International & U.S. Perspectives"

 A panel discussion including:

  • Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University
  • Dr. Larry Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Mr. Bill Quackenbush, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Jennifer Kolb '79, Native American Liaison, Wisconsin Historical Society
 

Tuesday, March 3 - April 5, Wright Museum of Art

“Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay”

Re-Riding History 

An exceptional collaboration with artwork by Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, and John Hitchcock, Re-Riding HIstory emphasizes the struggle of 33 Cheyenne, 27 Kiowa, 9 Comanche, 2 Arapaho, and 1 Caddo over 1875-1878.  Captured at Salt Fork, OK, the art also considers their experiences after being brought to St. Augustine, Florida.

 

Friday, April 10

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion:  Identity and the Law, Moore Lounge

  • Bonita Lawrence, Associate Professor, Equity Studies, York University  
  • Lisa Brunner Program Specialist, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
  • Jeff Corntassel, Associate Professor, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria

 

8:00 p.m. Keynote Address by James Anaya: "Lessons from Serving as U.N. Rapporteur for Indigenous People's Rights"  Eaton Chapel

 

Saturday, April 11,

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion:  Environment and Natural Resources  Moore Lounge

  • Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Assistant Professor, Community Health, Cape Breton University
  • James Anaya, James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy, University of Arizona
  • Juanita Cabrera-Lopez '01, Executive Director, International Mayan League
  • Al Gedicks, Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Stan Stevens, Senior Lecturer, Geosciences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst