December 2012

International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Issues
Christoph Beat Graber, Karolina Kuprecht, Jessica Christine Lai (eds)
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012 | ISBN: 978 0 85793 830 5

This book takes a multi-faceted approach to cultural heritage, incorporating discussion on tangible and intangible, moveable and immoveable elements of indigenous peoples’ culture. From the perspectives of several international legal fields, including trade law, intellectual property, cultural property, cultural heritage law and human rights, the book explores how indigenous peoples could be empowered to participate more actively in the trade of their cultural heritage without being compelled to renounce important traditional values. The national and local legal realities in four jurisdictions (New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada) lay the scene for a wide-ranging analysis of various possibilities and proposals on how this might be achieved. Part I addresses the methodology and social context; Part II presents international law perspectives; and Part III includes the country reports. Further information …

Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance
Michael Halewood, Isabel Lopez Noriega, Selim Louafi (eds)
Routledge, November 2012 | ISBN: 978-1-84407-893-6

The book addresses how the collective pooling and management of shared plant genetic resources for food and agriculture can be supported through laws regulating access to genetic resources and the sharing of benefits arising from their use. It provides an analysis of recent developments under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and its multilateral system. It analyzes tensions that are threatening to undermine the potential of access and benefit-sharing laws to support the collective pooling of plant genetic resources, and identifies opportunities to address those tensions in ways that could increase the scope, utility and sustainability of the global crop commons. Further information …

Climate Change Modeling for Local Adaptation in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region
Armando Lamadrid, Ilan Kelman (eds)
Volume 11, Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management series, Emerald Group Publishing, 2012 | ISBN: 978-1-78052-486-3

This publication presents a portrait of the social advantages and limitations of climate change related modeling in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. It addresses the implied but largely uncritiqued relationships between scientific modeling knowledge and local adaptation responses, as well as theoretical perspectives on modeling and adaptation. Chapters address, among others: technocratic approaches and community contexts: viewpoints of those most at risk from environmental disasters in mountain areas, Northern Pakistan; Does climate modeling help when studying adaptation to environmental changes? The case of Ladakh, India; Tibetan nomads facing an uncertain future: impacts of climate change on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau; and scientific and social uncertainties in climate change: the Hindu Kush-Himalaya in regional perspective. Further information …

Research Project Award Scheme: Comparative Statecraft and Constitutional Thought
University of Aberdeen, December 2012

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK, provides funding for innovative doctoral-level projects on Comparative Statecraft and Constitutional Thought. This research project initiative will support contemporary and historical research from across the humanities and social sciences on the comparative study of indigenous understandings of legitimate governance, including on: the development of indigenous constitutional documents and frameworks; the historical and ethnographic study of systematized modes of statecraft; and the intellectual genealogy and writings of non-western constitutional thinkers. The studentships are open to all nationalities and will cover home/EU or Overseas fees. The deadline for applications is 8 March 2013. Further information on the research project initiative … How to apply …

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships in American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012

Under the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the American Indian Studies Program seeks two Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year. One of the positions may be renewable for a second year. This fellowship program provides a stipend, a close working association with AIS faculty, and assistance in furthering the fellow’s development as a productive scholar. Applicants should have an ongoing research project that promises to make a notable contribution to American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

The Fellowship stipend for the 2013‐2014 academic year is $42,000, including health benefits. Candidates should submit a letter of application providing a thorough description of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship year, a curriculum vitae, two samples of their scholarly writing, and two letters of recommendation. A candidate profile should be created through the University of Illinois application login page at and application materials uploaded. Applications received by 18 January 2013 will receive full consideration. The review process will continue until the fellowships are filled. Download the call for applications [pdf] … Visit the program’s website …

Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Calls for Comments
UN Global Compact release, 10 December 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: The UN Global Compact has released for comment the exposure draft of the Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Development of the Guide was initiated by a taskforce of Global Compact LEAD companies that wanted to increase their and other companies’ understanding of the rights in the UNDRIP and what to do to respect and support them. The Guide illustrates how indigenous peoples’ rights may be impacted positively or negatively by businesses and provides practical suggestions for business action. Part I outlines key actions for businesses to take in relation to indigenous peoples’ rights, including making a policy commitment; due diligence; consultation and consent-seeking; and having an effective grievance mechanism. Part II illustrates each right in the UNDRIP, suggests practical actions that businesses should take to respect each right and could take voluntarily to support each right, and gives illustrative examples. The exposure draft will be open for public consultation and comment until 1 June 2013. Comments should be submitted to undrip(at) Read the release … Further information … Download the exposure draft [pdf] …

The Message Stick
UNPFII, December 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: The latest issue of the Message Stick, the newsletter that highlights the activities undertaken by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and its Secretariat, includes reports on PFII participation in the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Quebec City, Canada; a meeting on extractive industries, held in Panama; the international expert meeting on indigenous persons with disabilities; the joint UNDP-RIPP-PRO 169 national workshop on indigenous peoples’ issues in Indonesia; the annual meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples; and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. It also highlights the 18th commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and resolutions of relevance to indigenous peoples adopted by the UN General Assembly and its third committee. Download the issue [pdf] …

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