8 November 2010

One of the world’s leading native title law experts will investigate past and future challenges of native title legislation in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States at an annual public lecture to honour the late Justice Richard Cooper.

Professor Bradford Morse, Dean of Law, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato and Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa will present the 2010 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture.

It is entitled: "Seeking to Forge a Partnership: The Challenge of Building Positive Relationships Between Indigenous Peoples and Settler States in the 21st Century".

The lecture will be at Court Room 1, Level 7, Commonwealth Law Courts, 119 North Quay Brisbane at 5.30pm on Thursday November 11.

The TC Beirne School of Law series of lectures was established in 2005 in honour of the late Justice Richard Cooper of the Federal Court of Australia, who passed away suddenly on 14 March 2005.

It is dedicated to the strong interests in maritime and native title law which he developed over the course of a long and distinguished legal career.

This year’s lecture will highlight a number of the key native title developments in each of four countries – Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States - over the past 35 years.

It will examine how international law has radically changed regarding Indigenous rights and state obligations and explore some of the efforts to find a new path to reconcile past grievances with a desire for shared citizenship through forging a new set of relationships.

Professor Morse has taught a wide variety of courses concerning Canadian and comparative Indigenous law issues.

His career includes appointments as Executive Director of the Native Legal Task Force of British Columbia (1974-75); Research Director of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba (1988-91); and Chief of Staff to the Hon. Ronald A. Irwin, Canadian Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1993-1996).

He has served as legal advisor to many First Nations as well as national and regional Aboriginal organizations since 1974 in a broad range of constitutional, land claim, governance, economic and treaty issues.

Professor Morse has been a consultant to various royal commissions, government departments and Indigenous peoples' organisations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and as a Chief Federal Negotiator on several land claims and treaty issues in Canada.

Further details of the 2010 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture are on the School of Law website (www.law.uq.edu.au/richard-cooper-memorial-lecture-series). Attendance is free but RSVP is essential, please email b.williams@law.uq.edu.au.

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