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Indigenous peoples' rights in the aftermath of the Declaration: (Intellectual) Property and Self-Determination

Date: 23 September 2008 Time: 9.45am-4.30pm

Recordings of the Speakers from this conference now available.

Lancaster Human Rights Forum presents a one-day conference exploring indigenous peoples' rights in the aftermath of the adoption in September 2007 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This event will focus on two contested and complex aspects of indigenous rights: the right to self-determination, and intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples' right to self-determination was a fundamental area of debate in the negotiations leading up to the acceptance of the Declaration, and continues to generate considerable controversy. The intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples is an evolving area of human rights requiring consideration of the ownership of knowledge, informed consent and appropriate sharing of the economic benefits deriving from the commercialisation of traditional knowledge.

This event will feature speakers from Brunel, Liverpool, and Leeds Universities, from the departments of Law, Geography and CESAGen at Lancaster, and from Minority Rights Group International.


Staff - £20

Students - Free

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 20

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Law School.

Sponsored by the IAS


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Israel Butler, Emilie Secker, Sigrun Skogly

Organising departments and research centres: Human Rights Forum, Institute for Advanced Studies, International Human Rights Obligations Network (IntHRON), Law

Keywords: Human rights, Indigenous peoples' knowledge, Intellectual property rights, Self-determination


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