Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk to speak at University of Colorado Law School conference on Free, Prior and Informed Consent


 
On November 1, NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk will speak at University of Colorado Law School conference on Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Pathways for a New Millennium. 

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, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and others.

The event is presented by the American Indian Law Program and Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment and is free and open to the public.  For information on how to register, click here.