Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc -

The Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc ("ILAQ") was founded in 2007. Our current membership consists of members of the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and law students from across Queensland. 

ILAQ assists indigenous lawyers and law students by providing ongoing support and advice through their career. 

Our primary objective is to increase the number of indigenous Australians practising in the legal profession in Queensland. 

World Indigenous Legal Conference

The World Indigenous Legal Conference 2014 examines legal issues affecting Indigenous Peoples worldwide.

Conference Program and Registration

For the full conference program and registration use the following link:

Hosted by the Indigenous Law Association of Queensland at QUT, WILC 2014 will address:
  • Indigenous Knowlegdes: Practice & Research
  • Relationships to Land
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights 
  • Indigenous Women & Children 
  • Economic Independence 

Includes welcome and opening ceremony hosted by the Chief Justice of Queensland, the Hon Paul de Jersey AC at the QEII Law Courts Complex and a conference dinner in the Grand Chelsea Room, Mercure Hotel, Brisbane on Thrusday 26 June 2014 at 6.30pm with keynote speaker Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Senator for the Northern Territoy (Australia). At the conference dinner The Federal Attorney General will present the National Indigenous Legal Professional Award and the National Indigenous Law Student Prize. 

Beverly Jacobs (Canada)
Current president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Beverly was born into the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation on the Territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Southern Ontario and will speak on respecting Indigenous legal traditions and knowledge, specifically Haudenosaunee laws that respect and honour Indigenous women.

Peggy Bird (New Mexico)
Peggy L. Bird is of the Sun Clan from Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico.   Peggy was the Chief Judge at the Laguna Pueblo Court, Laguna Pueblo, NM for nearly 5 ½ years.  Peggy is an advocate/attorney/consultant/human rights activist and works to enhance the sovereignty of Native women by ending violence against Native women, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska)
 Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska) holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2002) and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University (1991).  Dr. Dorough is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Alaska Anchorage; Alaska Member of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Advisory Committee on UN Issues; Member of the Board of Trustees of UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations; and Member of the International Law Association Committee on Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Deborah Sanchez (North Amercia)
Deborah Sanchez is Chumash and O’odham and Native traditionalist. She is the Co-Chair of the Barbareño Chumash Council and sits on the Board of Directors for the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc., and the Wishtoyo Foundation, a cultural and environmental nonprofit that teaches others about land and ocean stewardship through Chumash values and traditions. Deborah is a member of the NAGPRA committee (Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act) for California State University, Long Beach; the Elder Women’s Council for Wishtoyo; and she studies and teaches the Šmuwič language (Barbareño Chumash).

A judge with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Deborah was appointed by the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to serve as a member of the California Tribal and State Court Forum. She also teaches for the American Indian Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach.

Other speakers Include:
  • Hazel Law (Nicaragua)
  • Otilia Lux de Coti (Guatemala)
  • Dr Mark McMillan, Law School, Melbourne University (Australia)
  • Raelene Webb QC, National Native Title Tribunal
  • Tony Denholder, Ashurst Lawyers
  • Jonathon Fulcher, Hopgood Ganim
  • Robert Willmett, State Manager Department of Education and Employment
  • Palm Island Company
  • Francis Waleanisia (Solomon Is)
  • Yogeswaran Subramaniam (Malaysia)
  • Horiana Irwin-Easthope (NZ)
  • Michael Sharpe (NZ)
  • Dr Janet Hammill, Coordinator Collaboration for Alcohol Related Developmental Disorders (CARDD)(Australia)

For more information on the conference or to register visit the WILC 2014 tab

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