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Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis

Megan Davis re-elected to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Professor Megan Davis, who was once a PhD scholar at the CIGJ and is now Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Faculty of Law at UNSW, has been re-elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights. Professor Davis’ re-election received overwhelming support.

Professor Davis has extensive experience as an international lawyer at the United Nations and she participated in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In her doctoral thesis and subsequent research, Professor Davis argues that the right to self-determination as it is recognised in international law does not pay adequate attention to the situation of Aboriginal women. She uses Martha Nussbaum’s theory of capabilities to reframe the concept of self-determination, focusing in particular on the significance of a constitutional guarantee of equality. In December last year, Professor Davis delivered Melbourne University’s NAARM  Oration. The text of her speech, ‘An Alternative Framework for Re-Imagining Self-Determination’ was published in full on the blog, ‘Sheilas’.

Regarding Rights and all at the CIGJ warmly congratulate Professor Davis on her re-election to UNPFII.