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Faculty Profile

James Anaya

Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy


E-mail:  James Anaya
Office Number: 227
Office Phone: (520) 626-6341

Courses Taught:
International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop (Substantial Paper Option) - Law 696N
International Human Rights - Law 659
International & Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples - Law 655F
Constitutional Law - Law 606
International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples - Law 527

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers
Personal Webpage

Biographical Information

Professor Anaya teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights, constitutional law, and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Among his numerous publications are his acclaimed book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press (1996); 2d ed. (2004)), and his widely used textbook, International Human Rights:  Problems of Law, Policy and Process (Wolters/Kluwar, 6th ed. 2011) (with Hurst Hannum and Dinah Shelton). He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from May 2008 to June 2014.

Professor Anaya has lectured in many countries throughout the world. He has advised numerous indigenous and other organizations from several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before courts and international organizations. Among his noteworthy activities, he participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law. As UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor Anaya monitored the human rights conditions of indigenous peoples worldwide, addressed situations in which their rights were being violated, and promoted practical measures to secure indigenous peoples' rights, travelling frequently to meet with government officials and visit indigenous communities.

Prior to becoming a full time law professor, he practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, representing Native American peoples and other minority groups. For his work during that period, Barrister magazine, a national publication of the American Bar Association, named him as one of "20 young lawyers who make a difference." Professor Anaya served on the law faculty at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1999, and he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tulsa.


Harvard Law School, J.D. (1983) 
University of New Mexico, B.A. (1980) 

Professional Work Experience

Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010 - present
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations, 2008 - 2014
James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1999 - 2010
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, Winter terms, 1998, 2002, 2003
Visiting Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Fall 1996, Winter 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
Visiting Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Fall 1993
Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law, 1988 - 1999 (Associate Professor, 1988 - 1992)
Staff Attorney, National Indian Youth Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1985 - 1988
Attorney, Luebben, Hughes & Tomita, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1983 - 1985

Representative Publications

United Nations Publications:  Numerous reports written as UN Special Raporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including reports on country situations, specific cases of alleged human rights abuse, and cross-cutting issues of concern to indigenous peoples. The reports are available at:
International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice (5th ed. 2011) (co-author, with Hurst Hannum & Dinah L. Shelton).
International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (2009).
Indigenous Peoples in International Law (2d ed. 2004).
Complete List of Publications


Last Updated: 06/24/2014