2016 World Indigenous Law Conference

Rights, Responsibilities & Resilience

October 19-22 • Beckman Center



WILCAbout the Conference

The UC Irvine community is invited to register and attend the World Indigenous Law Conference. The Conference will be held at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California, from October 19-22, 2016. The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is the lead convener and sponsor. The UCI Sustainability Initiative is pleased to support the conference as a co-sponsor and co-convener.
The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October 2016 in North America for the first time. This Conference is an international forum aimed at gathering Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. Key elements of this conference include an international discourse on Indigenous Peoples’ Jurisprudence: examining legal frameworks and strategies for self-determined futures. This third such international law convening will focus on Indigenous Peoples’ legal issues, rights and strategies:

  • Rights of Mother Earth
  • Violence Against Indigenous Women & Children
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Relationship to Lands & Territories
  • Doctrine of Discovery & Terra Nullius
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Treaties & Conventions
  • Tribal Jurisdictions and Territorial Integrity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Tongva & Acjachemen Peoples’ Traditional Territories


Keynotes and presentations from renowned legal scholars, lawyers, judges, wisdom keepers, community leaders, and philosophers, including:

  • Walter Echohawk, Sr. (Pawnee), attorney, author, legal expert and visionary for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and nations
  • Joshua Creamer (Wannyi / Kalkadoon), Barrister-in-law specilizing in Native title.
  • Naomi Lanoi (Masaai), human rights advocate
  • Deborah Sanchez (Chumash/O’odham), first elected Native American judge to the Superior Court in Los Angeles, California
  • Abby Abinanti (Yurok), tribal judge and attorney, previously a Superior Court Commissioner for over 17 years
  • Beverly Jacobs (Mohawk), legal scholar, lawyer, and community leader
  • Oren Lyons (Onondaga Nation), Faithkeeper

Speakers are subject to change. For an updated listing, visit The Seventh Generation Fund website.


Event Details

Dates: October 19-22, 2016
Location: The Beckman Center (directions)
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is the lead convener and sponsor. The UCI Sustainability Initiative is pleased to support the conference as a co-sponsor.
The event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.


watchliveLivestreaming of plenaries and certain sessions will be made available during the conference. Viewers may access livestreaming at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/PDTGkFLePhB


The UCI American Indian Resource Program is the host. For a list of convening partners, co-sponsors and host committee, please visit The Seventh Generation Fund website.

Logo artwork by the acclaimed Acjachemen/Tongva artist, L.Frank Manriquez.