Kristen Carpenter

'Self-Determination and Resilience': Insights on Human Rights in Practice

June 28, 2021

University of Colorado Law School Professor Kristen A. Carpenter reflects on her two terms as the North American member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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New Toolkit Helps Indigenous Peoples Realize Their Rights at Home

March 31, 2021

An educational toolkit drafted by students and attorneys at the University of Colorado Law School, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and UCLA Law School seeks to help American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in their own laws and programs.

Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter Named to Shawnee Tribe’s Inaugural Supreme Court

Jan. 15, 2021

University of Colorado Law School Professor Kristen Carpenter, an American Indian law scholar with expertise in property, cultural property, human rights, and Indigenous peoples, has been appointed as a justice of the inaugural Supreme Court of the Shawnee Tribe.

Kristen Carpenter: Shawnee Tribe Appoints First Justices to Its New Supreme Court | Native News Online

Dec. 24, 2020

Kristen Carpenter: UBC Ushers in Historic Indigenous Strategic Plan with Virtual Celebration | The Ubyssey

Sept. 16, 2020

Kristen Carpenter: Outside/In: How DAPL Is Connected to a Long History of Native American Treaty Violations | New Hampshire Public Radio

July 11, 2020

Kristen Carpenter: High Court No Longer A No-Go As Tribal Reservation OK'd | Law360

July 9, 2020

Kristen Carpenter: Indigenous Women Seek U.N. Help with Human Rights | Daily Yonder

Oct. 29, 2019

On tribal lands in America, four of every five Native American women are victims of violence, and one in two are victims of sexual violence. . . Attorneys Kristen Carpenter and Edyael Casaperalta, both with the American Indian Law Program at the University of Colorado Law School, told audience members...

Kristen Carpenter and Carla Fredericks: WA's Top Lawyer Took a Rare Step to Affirm Tribal Sovereignty — Here's Why That's a Big Deal (Crosscut)

June 5, 2019

Under the new policy, the attorney general must get written consent from tribes before taking certain actions that affect them. That's something few have put into practice, experts say. . . Yet federal agencies, as well as countries around the world, have been slow to implement policies to obtain tribes’ consent, even after endorsing the broad language of the U.N.’s 2007 declaration, said Carla Fredericks, director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School. In a 2017 paper, Fredericks wrote that free, prior and informed consent is “currently an emerging norm and seen as an aspirational goal, rather than binding international law.” . . . Kristen Carpenter, a University of Colorado law professor who is a member of the United Nations’ Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, agreed that the policy announced by Washington’s attorney general last month “is much more specific than anything else I’ve seen around the world.” It may very well be the first time a state attorney general has adopted such a policy.

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Carpenter Speaks at U.N. General Assembly’s Global Kickoff of 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Feb. 14, 2019

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), of which she serves as the North American member and vice chair, Council Tree Professor of Law Kristen Carpenter delivered a statement about indigenous languages to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Feb. 1.