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Indigenous Jurisdiction, Customary Laws, & Alternative Conflict Resolution

Lecture sponsored by the Venezuelan Consulate in the U.S.

On December 4, from 4-5:30 pm, Ricardo Colmenares Olivar, retired Superior Court of Appeals chief judge and professor of law at Zulia University (Venezuela), will present a lecture on Indigenous customary law, Indigenous jurisdiction, and alternative conflict resolution as part of the new Latin American constitutionalism, focusing on the Venezuelan case, and how this legal framework is being applied to address conflicts of jurisdiction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous authorities. Nicole Friederichs, practitioner-in-residence, Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Clinic, Suffolk University Law School, will discuss similar cases relative to tribal nations in the United States.

Sponsors for this event include:

Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Program, UMass Boston Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, UMass Boston Faculty of Political and Legal Sciences of Zulia University Institute for New England Native American Studies, UMass Boston

Free admission. A reception will follow. For more information, please contact Professor Josh Reid, Director of the NAIS Program.

Anyone requiring disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, should visit

Event Date: December 04, 2013 - 4 p.m.

Event Type: Open to public | Location: Healey Library, 4-031 UMass Boston

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