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Dr Jen Hendry and Dr Amrita Mukherjee join international experts at Spaces of Indigenous Justice Conference

10 April 2015 |

Dr Jen Hendry and Dr Amrita Mukherjee will speak at the Spaces of Indigenous Justice conference at the University of Arizona on the 13 – 14 April.

This is an interdisciplinary and international conference that builds on the one of the same title held at the University of Leeds School of Law in 2013.

As Principal Investigator (PI) Dr Hendry initiated the project, gaining funding from the World Universities Network. In December 2013, a group of international experts on issues of Indigenous justice, representing a variety of disciplines, gathered for a scoping workshop with the potential of investigating issues from a spatial perspective. As ‘the most radical offspring of the spatial turn’ (Philippopoulous-Mihalopoulos, Spatial Justice), it was envisaged that spatial justice could provide a new lens through which to consider entrenched problems faced by Indigenous peoples and communities.

Discussions in Leeds were so fertile that this has led to the follow-up workshop held at the project’s partner institution, The University of Arizona.  Indigenous justice sits at the intersection of multiple planes, for example: legal pluralism, legal culture, individual and group rights, and social and economic policy. The Tucson workshop (April 13-14, 2015) brings together experts from four jurisdictions (USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand) and six disciplines (law, geography, anthropology, sociology, public policy, and American Indian studies) with a view to facilitating further useful dialogue across these divides. 

Dr Hendry is currently a visiting scholar at James E Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona focusing on Indigenous and Tribal law and justice, with a particular focus on spatial and legal-cultural issues.  She is working with Professor Melissa L. Tatum, renowned expert on tribal jurisdiction and cultural property. They currently have a monograph and edited collection proposal being considered by Routledge Glasshouse Books.

More details on Spaces of Indigenous Justice can be found here.


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