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.
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