Professor Mick Dodson AM

Regional Pacific Member, United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Prof. Mick Dodson at the 5th UNPFII session (May 2006).

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.

Read the ANU media release for Professor Dodson's reappointment »

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:

Session Date Theme Reports
Ninth 19-30 April 2010 Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Report on provisional agenda item 3: Indigenous fishing rights in the seas with case studies from Australia and Norway.
(PDF 114KB)


Report of visit to Hawaii 27-30 October 2008.
(PDF 134KB)
Eighth 18-29 May 2009 (review year) Report on provisional agenda item 7: A draft guide on the relevant principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Labour Organisation Convention No. 169 and International Labour Organisation Convention No. 107 that relate to Indigenous land tenure and management arrangements.
(PDF 552KB)


Report on agenda item 9: Adoption du rapport de l'Instance sur les travaux de sa huitième session.
(PDF 41KB)
Seventh 21 April – 2 May 2008 Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges. Report on provisional agenda item 4: Implementation of the recommendations of the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum and on the Millennium Development Goals.
(PDF 288KB)
Sixth 14 – 25 May 2007 Territories, lands and natural resources. Report on provisional agenda item 4: Implementation of the recommendations of the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum and on the Millennium Development Goals.
(PDF 294KB)


Report on agenda item 9: Future work of the Forum, including emerging issues.
(PDF 772KB)


Draft report on agenda item 11: Adoption of the report of the Forum on its sixth session.
(PDF 559KB)

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.

Read Professor Dodson's statement regarding the Australian government announcement on the UNDRIP (PDF 102KB) »

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