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Faculty Profile

James C. Hopkins

Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Affiliated Professor of American Indian Studies & Latin American Studies


E-mail:  James C. Hopkins
Office Number: RH 209
Office Phone: (520) 621-7669

Courses Taught:
American Indian Law + Policy (with Luna) - Law AIS596h
Native Economic Development - Law AIS 596h
Jessup Moot Court (Substantial Paper) - Law 696n
International Environmental Law (co-meets w/696N 011) - Law 696i
Indigenous Peoples' Clinic - Law 696c
Colloquium Speakers Series - Law 695a
International Law Journal - Law 686
Jessup Moot Court - Law 678
NAFTA + Regional Trade Agreements - Law 666
Comparative Law on Indigenous Peoples - Law 656g
Native American Natural Resources - Law 643D
Federal Public Land and Natural Resources - Law 634C
Taxation in Indian Country - Law 631C
Development Federal Indian Policy - Law 584
Native Economic Development - Law 525

Biographical Information

Professor Hopkins is Algonquin/Metis from Quebec. He is a former law clerk to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is a member of the Ontario Bar. Prior to joining the College of Law, he was an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law, at the University of Alberta. He graduated from Harvard Law School's joint Masters of Laws and International Tax Program (LLM/ITP) in June 2000. Professor Hopkins' area of interest is the intersection between trade, tax and aboriginal law. He is a recipient of the Harvard University International Tax Program's Award for Excellence in Research and Writing for his graduate thesis titled, " Democratization by Taxation: Democratic Experimentalism in Aboriginal Canada."


Harvard Law School, LL.M./ITP (2000) Graduated with the Award of Excellence in Research and Writing for LL.M. Thesis; Graduated Summa cum Laude; Mass. Indian Association Scholar, 1999
University of Toronto, LL.B. (1996) Wilson Moot National finalist in tax & family law, 1995; Department of Justice Aboriginal Scholarship Recipient, 1994 - 1996; Roger Carter Q.C. Scholar, 1994; Leslie G. Dollinger Memorial Prize, 1993
University of Toronto, B.A. (Innis College) (1993) Intern Award: Population Research, Department of Sociology, 1991 - 1992; Erindale Merit & Leadership Award, 1991

Admitted to Practice

Ontario, Canada

Professional Work Experience

Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2000 - present
National Chair in Aboriginal Economic Development; Associate Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, 2010 - 2011
Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona American Indian Studies Program, 2002 - present
Director, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2000 - 2005
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Indigenous Legal Studies Program, Summer 2005
Thomas G. Feeney Visiting Professor in Business Law, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, Winter 2004
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Alberta Faculty of Law, 2000
Judicial Clerk, Hon. Regional Senior Justice Bernstein & Hon. Regional Senior Justice Platana - North East & North West Regions - Ontario Superior Court of Justice & Divisional Court of Ontario, Canada, 1998
Articles of Law, Fraser, Milner, Casgrain, Toronto, Canada, 1996 - 1997

Representative Publications

Tribal Sovereignty and Climate Change: Moving Toward Intergovernmental Cooperation, in Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism 48 (Edella Schlager, Kirsten Engel, & Sally Rider eds., 2011).
Rights for Indigenous Peoples: The Struggle for Uniformity: The UN Declaration and Beyond, 9 Geo. J. Int'l Aff. 75 (2008).
Therapeutic Lending in a Post-Colonial World, 14 Mich. St. J. Int'l L. 439 (2006).
Visions of Indigenous Prosperity: Economic Self-Determination and the Role of Federal Indian Law, in Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Developments 67 (Joseph E. Magnet & Dwight A. Dorey eds., 2005).
Betting on Self-Determination, 5 Indigenous L. Bull. 8 (July 2002).
Constitutional Aspects of Aboriginal Economic Development: Taxation and Aboriginal Governance in Canada, in Constitucion y Derechos Indigenas 29 (Jorge Galvan ed., 2002).
Complete List of Publications

Public Service

Member, the Arizona Judicial Branch State, Tribal, and Federal Court Forum 2013
Chief Justice of the Pascua Yaqui Court of Appeals, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, Arizona 2008 - present
Counsel Pro Bono to the Traditional Authorities of the Rio Yaqui Pueblos, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Supreme Court of Mexico, and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) 2009 - present
Clinical Supervisor (with 2 research fellows), Agricultural Industries in the Southwest: Law and Policy Implications for Tribes 2005 - 2006 (Research Grant in partnerhsip with the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office and the Department of Agriculture, The University of Arizona).
Co-principal Investigator (with 2 others), Health Law and Policy Implications for Native American Foster Care in Arizona 2005 - 2006 (Inter-Agency Agreement with the State of Arizona and the College of Medicine).
Researcher (with 4 others), Substance Abuse Prevention - Diversion Programs in Tribal Courts: Case Studies 2005 - 2007 (Federal Department of Justice Grant & The Native American Research and Training Center, The University of Arizona).
Member, Governor for the State of Arizona's Tribal Health Advisory Group 2004 - 2006 (Provides research and policy recommendations on a wide range of health law and policy issues that effect tribal governments in Arizona.)
Manuscript Reviewer, University of Arizona Press 2004 - 2006
Member, Executive Committee - Native American Cancer Research Partnership, University of Arizona 2003 - 2004. NACRP is a cooperative agreement sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's Minority Institute/Cancer Center Program dedicated to alleviating the unequal burden of cancer among underserved populations.
Committee Member, CEGA, University of Arizona 2003 - 2004 (This is an interdisciplinary body focusing on the research between Humanities and Social Sciences, supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship).
Clinical Supervisor, Land Use Ordinances, Zoning, By-Law Development 2002 - 2003 (Training and Research Grant funded by the Administration for Native Americans for The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, California.)


Last Updated: 07/27/2013