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Summer School: Indigenous Rights and Legal Pluralism

The course shall deal with the situation and rights of indigenous peoples in the region, from both theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary approach. The course shall enable students to visit an indigenous community of the Peruvian Amazon affected by gold mining, to know the issues and struggles of peoples directly to enforce its rights. This community won the first case before the Constitutional Court of Peru that recognizes the rights of self-determination, territory and autonomy.

The course shall address the following topics:

Cultural and legal pluralism.
Policies applied to indigenous peoples throughout the History of the Americas.
Globalization and contemporary issues of indigenous peoples in Latin America.
International Law on the rights of indigenous peoples and defense mechanisms.
Case study of the native community Tres Islas (Three Islands), formed by the Shipibo and Ese´eja, peoples and its struggle to defend its territory and autonomy from mining.
Field trip to the native community Tres Islas in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, in the Peruvian Amazon.
This course is organized by the PUCP and the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad-IIDS and comprises the International Exchange Program in multiculturalism, legal pluralism, and indigenous rights.

This course on indigenous rights will follow the work experience of the Strategic Litigation on Indigenous Rights Section of the Clinic of the Law Faculty at the PUCP. For over two years, the objective of the Strategic Litigation on indigenous rights Section of the Clinic has been to develop capacities of the students in order to provide legal defence in access to information and indigenous rights as part of a strategic litigation oriented to strengthen democracy and human rights.

Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples: Realisation of an Inclusive and Integrated Human Rights Approach

Call for Papers

Theme: Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples
Subtitle: Realisation of an Inclusive and Integrated Human Rights Approach
Type: International Conference
Institution: Centre of Malaysian Indigenous Studies
Location: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Date: 9.–11.4.2015
Deadline: 18.2.2015


Access to justice involves more than the administration of justice
through the courts. It includes informal mechanisms to provide people
with a sense of “justice” in various contexts and calls for respect
and treatment of peoples with equal dignity, including proper
consultation on matters pertaining to rights of affected peoples.

Many indigenous peoples have suffered various forms of historical
injustices and continue to face challenges to recognition of their
rights. Recognising this, the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples provide that respect for their rights
involves recognising their rights to maintain control and connection
to their lands, territories and forests, to strengthen indigenous
juridical systems, their social, economic and cultural institutions,
their rights to maintain their language, cultural heritage, customs,
traditional knowledge, and rights of women in the community. As they
cope with modern living, this involves giving them equal rights to
critical health care and education.

As indigenous peoples’ rights are both individual and collective in
nature, indigenous peoples remain committed to their struggles and
their culture continues to be vibrant while their traditional
knowledge is a source of invaluable ingenuity. This helps to better
understand their traditional knowledge is a source of invaluable
ingenuity. This helps to better understand their traditional values
which can help to inform formulation of national strategies, policies
and laws, as well as the moulding of equitable remedies.


- To provide a platform for academic forum by bringing together
researchers, individuals and persons whose scholarly work involves
indigenous peoples, to discuss issues concerning access to justice
for indigenous communities.

- To explore avenues for full and effective participation of
indigenous communities in various decision making institutions
related to their rights and furtherance of their self determination
in all spheres.

- To discuss an inclusive and integrated human rights based approach
which is critical to solving various issues between states and
indigenous communities.


Papers may be submitted under the following or other related headings:

- Indigenous peoples jurisprudential approach to justice and its
- Business, human rights and indigenous peoples
- Indigenous governance, institutions, conflict resolution and
restorative justice
- Environmental justice and sustainability of equitable
socio-economic development
- Forest laws, governance and trade and community rights
- Free Prior and Informed Consent
- ICT and indigenous communities
- Wellness, social welfare and health issues in indigenous communities
- Indigenous peoples and community management of forests
- Indigenous women's access to justice
- Language and education
- Protection of ancestral lands, territories and resources
- Self-determination and indigenous identity
- Traditional knowledge, cultural heritage and benefit sharing


Academics, lawyers, policy makers and government officers, NGO
representatives are invited to contribute papers at this conference.
Authors are invited to submit an abstract of not more than 250 words.
It should include the title, the author and contact details with
keywords. All abstracts must be submitted electronically as a Word
document, attachment to the organizers at:

Abstracts and full papers are to be Times New Roman 12’, at least 1.5
spacing. Please indicate your preferred panel. Paper presenters are
required to send in a full paper prior to the conference.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of
Malaysian and Comparative Law (a peer reviewed journal) or as a
chapter in a book published by UM Press.


Abstract submission:
18 February 2015

Acceptance notification by email:
25 February 2015

Paper submission:
25 March 2015


Local Students:
RM 150.00

Local participants:
Early Bird: RM400.00
Normal rate: RM 500.00

International participants:
Early bird: USD 150
Normal rate: USD 200

(This fee covers conference materials, lunches, tea and coffee breaks)
Early bird deadline: 15 March 2015


Centre of Malaysian Indigenous Studies
Level 4, Wisma R & D
University of Malaya
Jalan Pantai Baharu
59990 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3 2246-3244
Fax: +60 3 2245-3245

Evidence and Practice in an age of inequality 5th ACFID Universities Network Conference

The UNDP noted at the end of 2013, ‘The world is more unequal today than at any point
since World War II’. As we celebrate the achievements of the BRICs and as debates unfold
on the new Sustainable Development Goals, inequality in multiple manifestations has
persisted and in some cases worsened. Inequality relates to income or material inequality,
but also extends to interrelated issues of access to vital resources including health,
education, and justice. Moreover, issues such as gender and sexuality, disabilities, health,
age, religion and ethnic minorities, and intersecting forms of discrimination are all part of a
wider net of the experience of inequality.
Such issues are forcing actors from NGOs, academia, multilaterals and donors to rethink
their role and purpose, while continuing to grapple with absolute poverty. As the
development community continue to respond to the evolving face of poverty and inequality,
questions around the increasing importance of evidence in this response have never been
more important.
The 5th ACFID University Network Conference is interdisciplinary, and will provide a
unique opportunity to bring together researchers, practitioners, students and policy makers
to shed light on emerging evidence around inequality, and discuss what this means for
development policy and practice.
ACFID University Network Conferences have become anticipated events in the Australian
development community, bringing together participants from across Australia, the Pacific
and Asia who are working in aid and international development. The purpose of the
conference is to share insights and promote collaboration and partnerships among NGOs
and Universities within the development research community.
The conference is being hosted at Monash University in collaboration with the Australian
Council for International Development (ACFID).
In order to encourage critical debate and new ideas around the theme of Evidence and
practice in an age of inequality, we are inviting abstracts that respond to the following
questions and areas for discussion:1. What do we know about inequality, and how do we know it?
This question relates to enhancing participant understanding of, and sharing emerging
research related to multiple forms of inequality.
This means exploring questions such as: when we talk about ‘inequality’ what are we
talking about? What are the causes of inequality and why has it been increasing in
many places? What are the varied ways in which inequality is defined and discussed?
What are the consequences of inequality and what are its effects on sustainable
development and poverty alleviation? Is there a relationship between inequality,
fragility and insecurity? Do we need new ways of thinking about and addressing
inequality and its causes? How can we measure and track changes in
multidimensional poverty and inequality? What new sources of data have been
opened through technological advances? Are there inequalities in access to these
new data sets?
Case studies and examples about how inequality affects and or relates to particular areas of
policy and practice are welcome for this area of discussion. Such areas might include human
rights, health, disability, education, humanitarianism, gender and sexuality, and indigenous
people in Australia and elsewhere.
2. Evidence based policy and practice – what is it and how does it work?
This question relates to encouraging critical thinking and forming new ideas about the use of
evidence to inform responses to various forms of inequality.
This means exploring questions such as: What are the elements of power and politics
behind which evidence ‘counts’ and is ultimately used? What are some of the ‘uses
and abuses’ of evidence? How can development actors adapt to change, learn and
innovate to respond to a changing development landscape? What is the role of
evidence in monitoring, evaluation and learning? What are the factors that shape our
ability to influence policy and decisions using evidence? Does rising inequality open
new or different challenges for research ethics?
Development is often discussed and approached as both a discipline, but also a ‘catch all’
for many disciplines requiring different technical skills sets and expertise. This question
seeks to highlight and discuss the forms of cross-sector and, or inter-disciplinary
collaborations that may be needed in order to respond to inequality. What is the role of the
private sector, universities, NGOs and other stakeholders in responding to multiple forms of
inequality? How can locally generated evidence be ensured and prioritised?
Case studies in evidence based policy and practice, collaboration and examples of good
practice or lessons learned, are welcome contributions to this area of discussion.
Abstracts must be submitted by COB Monday 26 January 2015.
All abstracts must be submitted online using the form located on the conference website
Please do not email your submissions to individual organising committee members. Abstracts are encouraged in the following formats:
1. Full Discussion Panels
Full panels or debate formats are encouraged to bring forward critical discussion related to a
specific topic. An ideal panel will consist of a moderator, and no more than three presenters
and a discussant (optional).
Panel organizers should present a brief summary of the session with the following
Panel title
Name and contact information of the panel organiser/moderator
Names and organisational affiliation of speakers
The name of the discussant and their affiliation (optional)
Brief description of the overall topic for the panel as it relates to the conference
theme(s) (no more than 100 words)
Titles of the papers and brief abstracts for the individual presentations (no more than
250 words each)
2. Individual Papers
Individual papers are encouraged presenting formal research results, theoretical
discussions, or analysis, case studies, practical applications, evaluations, policies, programs
or analysis of emergent issues and trends that contribute to our understanding of the core
conference theme and guiding questions.
Authors should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with the following information:
Paper title
Name and organisational affiliation of presenter/author
Contact details of author/presenter
Brief description of the paper in line with the conference theme and guiding questions
3. Workshops
Proposals are welcome for workshops to be held during the conference. Workshops are
intended to be an open ended option with a participatory format to explore new ideas and
emerging areas of interest from within the sector. Workshops can be proposed for 1.5 or 3
hour time slots and should contain ample time for general discussion and engagement by all
participants, including observers. Workshops that foster collaboration, cross-sector
engagement, and/or interdisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged.
Workshop organisers should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words with the
following information:
Workshop title
Workshop purpose and how it relates to the conference theme
Clear description of format, time required, methodology and planned activities
Overview of participants and audience
Organiser details (brief biographical sketch and/or description of organisation)
Contact details for workshop organiser4. Soap-box presentations
Abstracts are encouraged from individuals looking to raise a research or program idea and
identify partners with similar or mutual interests.
Presentations in this category are quick – 1 slide (or consider formats such as like
PechaKucha) or 5 minutes of discussion. All soapbox presentations will be brought together
in one session focused on participant networking and quick presentations for ‘new ideas and
big proposals’. Ideas or proposals from new and emerging researchers or practitioners are
particularly encouraged in this format.
Authors should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words with the following information:
Soap box presentation title
Name and organisational affiliation of presenter/author
Contact details of author/presenter
Brief description of your ‘idea’ and how it connects to the conference theme
Brief biography about the presenter(s)

Conference “Unaccompanied Minors. Reception,Training, Integration”

The Conference aims to deepen knowledge of a migratory phenomenon of unaccompanied minors. We will try together with political authorities, academics, representatives of national and international institution, in addition to operators, who daily work with these children, to analyze this reality. Furthermore we will try to find possible training answers, that are able to reconcile the reception with the integration, in a increasingly cosmopolitan society. Attended by prominent leaders of the institutional and academic (Veneto Region, UNHCR, UNICEF)
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Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics: Mini-Conference CfP

The overall subject of next year's SASE conference is "Inequality in the 21st Century". The German Socioeconomic Reporting Network ( has successfully submitted a proposal for a Mini-Conference on the topic "Inequality of what? Social monitoring and the difficult choice of analytical concepts and an implementable metric" and welcomes submissions on the Capabiltiy Approach as a possible concept for socio-economic monitoring. Please see the details of the CfP for this mini-conference on the SASE-website.

Conference: Meta-capability measurement. Measure of Social and Individual Agency

The Conference aims to review and refine the measurements of agency within the framework of the capability approach. It will especially investigate how the notion of responsibility can help map agency in a country and may improve social policies that address agency. Responsibility has indeed appeared as one of the most interesting proxy for agency as it precisely address the question the valuable transformation of opportunities (Bonvin & Farvaque 2005; Alkire 2005; Comim, Quizilbash, Alkire 2008; Crocker, 2009, Ballet, Bazin, Dubois, Mahieu 2014).
The conference will look at the challenges of responsibility definition and measurement from the perspective of the capability framework. It will also built upon the results of a large field-work of more than 2800 questionnaires applied to the whole Mexican Republic in June 2014. The questions have tried to capture individual and collective responsibility in the context of work. Finally, the conference will investigate how social policies could be aimed at enhancing agency / responsibility.
The Conference will be held on November 6 and 7 2014. Spoken languages : English and Spanish. It will take place at the Institut Catholique de Paris, 21 Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris. The Conference’s fee is set at 20 Euro for students, 40 Euros for professionals and covers the basic cost of the Conference and Friday’s lunch. Upon demand, accommodation facilities in the centre of Paris are available. Please register at before October 31. Question about the conference can be addressed to Dr. Maria Teresa Herrera R. Nebel

9th Doctorate Winter School on Inequality and Social Welfare Theory (IT9): “Public policy and inter/intra-generational distribution

The Department of Economics of the University of Verona; CEPS-INSTEAD Research Institute, Luxembourg; ECINEQ - Society for the Study of Economic Inequality; LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg, STATISTICS Norway, THEMA-University of Cergy-Pontoise, and ZEW Centre for European Economic Research organize the Ninth Doctorate Winter School on Inequality and Social Welfare Theory (IT9) on: “Public policy and inter/intra-generational distribution”

What Works for Africa’s Poorest: Practice and Policy

The Brooks World Poverty Institute and the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester are pleased to announce a call for papers for an International Workshop entitled What Works for Africa’s Poorest: Practice and Policy, to be held in London on 13 January 2014. Contact: Deadline 19 December 2013.

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