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Conference on Indigenous Human Rights in Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Cultural Heritage Matters

November 1, 2013


Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Pathways for a New Millennium

Emerging standards from the field of human rights, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, have profound impacts on matters concerning indigenous peoples in the United States and around the globe. Accordingly, the University of Colorado Law School’s upcoming conference examines the implementation of international human rights law, and in particular, the requirement for indigenous peoples to give "free, prior, and informed consent" (FPIC) to legislation and development affecting them.

Addressing "FPIC" on a global and national scale, this conference convenes leading experts to discuss FPIC implementation in natural resource development, climate change, and cultural heritage matters. Highlights include an opening keynote address by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (invited), an evening book lecture and signing by attorney and author Walter Echo-hawk, and presentations by tribal officials, industry leaders, scientists, NGOs, and academic experts.

We invite you to join us for a high-level discussion, covering emerging standards, best practices, and new partnerships, of interest to our constituents working in tribal natural resource development, environmental regulation, cultural resources, climate change, and beyond.

The conference is free and open to the public. CLE credit available.