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OSIPP Policy Forum #70: "Intellectual Property Issues in Indigeneous Cultural Heritage: Case Studies from Canada, the United States and Japan"

2015-2-27 (Fri) 16:00 - 18:00

Lecturer:Professor Catherine Bell (University of Alberta, Canada)
"Intellectual Property Issues in Indigeneous Cultural Heritage:
Case Studies from Canada, the United States and Japan"

Lecture Overview

Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH, provides research infrastructures, information, and resources to researchers, students, and citizens involved with the preservation and maintenance of indigenous cultural assets. This project was established by the international and interdisciplinary cooperation of over 50 individuals from 25 research, indigenous, governmental, and non-governmental organizations with the goal of facing the theoretical, ethical, legal, political, and practical challenges involved with the preservation of indigenous cultural assets. The three main components of this project are "Research Initiative of 17 Community Bases Focused on Cooperation with Indigenous People Around the World," "Themed Research (e.g. Culture Tourism, Understanding between Indigenous Peoples and the West,)" and "Searchable Online Database."

 Along with the description of this project and its major components, we would also like to introduce a few problems faced by indigenous people that became the impetus for establishing this project. Particularly, we'll talk about the collaborative research done between indigenous people and researchers, as well as the initiative of those community bases in Canada, America, and Japan.

Language: English (interpretation available)

Everyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free.

About the Lecturer

Catherine Bell, a professor at the School of Law at the University of Alberta in Canada, is an expert on Canadian indigenous law, property law, and law related to cultural assets, as well as community base interdisciplinary law. She has previously developed curriculum for law regarding indigenous people at the University of Saskatchewan and Akitsiraq Law School (Nunavut territory, Canada). She also served on the faculty of the Banff Center in Canada in the Indigenous Leadership, Management and Autonomous Government Program.

She also served as an adviser while working with indigenous groups, federations and state governments such as First Nation, Métis and Inuit. Some of her more prominent written works on the Métis settlement in Alberta is Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts (with David Kahane), First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law: Case Studies, Voices and Perspectives (with Val Napoleon), Protection of First Nations Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy, and Reform (with Robert Paterson).

Currently, the focus of her research covers a wide range of topics, including Yukon First Nation Cooperation Project regarding cultural asset law, legal and ethical obligations of museums regarding indigenous peoples, constitutional rights of the Métis, ethics regarding manufactured goods and the research process related to Inuit and First Nation scholarship, indigenous law, and cross region intellectual property. She also acquired funding from the federal government for the re-examination of the constitutional rights brought to light by the recent court ruling of a case involving the Manitoba Métis Federation. Professor Bell is a recipient of the 2012 Canadian Bar Association's Roman John Hnatyshyn Governor General's Gold Medal.

To Register

Please send an email with your name, organization, and contact information with the subject line "20150223 seminar" to the contact email noted below. 

Date: 2015-2-27 (Fri) 16:00 - 18:00
Organizer: OSIPP (Osaka University School of International Public Policy); OSIPP Inamori Foundation Endowed Chair
Venue: Conference Room, 6th floor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Toyonaka Campus
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Professor MURAKAMI Masanao

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