Professor Mick Dodson AM
Regional Pacific Member, United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Professor Mick Dodson was appointed to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for an initial three-year term commencing in 2004, and for a further three-year term in 2007.
Professor Dodson was appointed as Special Rapporteur at the sixth (May 2007) session (PDF 164KB) of the UNPFII, and charged with preparing a concept paper on the scope of a study on customary laws pertaining to indigenous traditional knowledge. The study would investigate to what extent such customary laws should be reflected in international and national standards addressing traditional knowledge, and would include an analysis of indigenous customary law as a potential sui generis system for protecting indigenous traditional knowledge. Professor Dodson reported under this mandate to the UNPFII in the eigth (May 2009) and ninth (April 2010) sessions of the Forum.
At its eigth (May 2009) session (PDF 117KB), the UNPFII appointed Carsten Smith and Professor Mick Dodson, members of the Permanent Forum, as special rapporteurs to undertake a study about indigenous fishing rights in the seas, and requested that the report be submitted to the Permanent Forum at its ninth (April 2010) session.
Professor Dodson's reports to the UNPFII, which met at the UN Headquarters in New York (United States of America), are provided below:
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, pre-sessional meeting
Karasjok (Norway), 12-21 March 2009
At the end of the seventh session, there was an announcement on behalf of the Norwegian government inviting Permanent Forum members to attend a pre-sessional meeting in Karasjok (Norway) before the eighth session. Professor Mick Dodson attended in his capacity as the Regional Pacific Representative member of the Permanent Forum. As well as closed meetings for Permanent Forum members, there were opportunities to meet Norwegian government representatives, attend public events, and meet with indigenous Saami people of the region including the Swedish Saami Parliament President Mr. Lars Anders-Baer and Norwegian Saami Chair of the Permanent Forum from 2002, Ole Henrik Magga.
United National Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Parliament House, Canberra (Australia) Friday 3 April 2009
The Australian government officially adopted the United National Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). NCIS Director, Professor Mick Dodson, responded to the Government statement in his capacity as Pacific Community Member and Forum Rapporteur – United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.