8TH ANNUAL ETHNIC AND PLURALISM STUDIES GRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE Keynote Lecture: Living Legal Traditions: Indigenous Law in Practice

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 201512:00PM - 2:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk Centre For International Studies - 1 Devonshire Place
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2014-2015 Harney Lecture Series in Ethnicity


This event serves as the keynote lecture for the 8th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference.

The practice and analysis of Indigenous peoples’ law takes many forms. Indigenous law seems to work best when it simultaneously
supports and challenges ‘taken for granted’ customs and rules. Indigenous law must be embrace and critique established patterns of
community regulation and decision-making to work in present contexts. This lecture will examine these themes by focusing on the recognition
and development of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) peoples’ laws in the Great Lakes watershed.

John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons.)(Dalhousie) F.R.S.C., is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. Formerly: Professor and Robina Chair in Law and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor; Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Law and Justice at the University of Victoria Law School; Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto; Associate Professor and First Nations Legal Studies Director, Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia; Associate Professor and Director of the Intensive Programme in Lands, Resources and First Nations Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School. Professor Borrows has served as a Visiting Professor and Acting Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State
University College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of New South Wales, Australia; New
Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visitor at Waikato University in New Zealand; Visiting Professor at J. Rueben Clark Law School at BYU;
Vine Deloria Distinguished Visitor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law; LG Pathy Professor in Canadian Studies at
Princeton University. He teaches in the area of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Law, and Environmental Law. His publications include,
Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002). Canada’s
Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide, all from the University of
Toronto Press. Professor Borrows is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a
Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honor, and a 2012 recipient of the
Indigenous Peoples Counsel (I.P.C.) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honor and integrity in service to Indigenous communities. John is
Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.


John Borrows
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School


Munk School of Global Affairs

Robert F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies

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