Tribal Sovereignty Symposium

St. Thomas University School of Law and its Intercultural Human Rights Law Review announce the Eighth Tribal Sovereignty Symposium:

Indigenous and Minority Languages under Siege: Finding Responses to a Global Threat

Friday, January 25, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moot Court Room of the School of Law


Continuing this Catholic school’s tradition of addressing the issues of the underprivileged and oppressed, this year’s symposium, entitled “Indigenous and Minority Languages under Siege: Finding Responses to a Global Threat,” is designed to provide an academic analysis of the pressing issues raised by the alarming loss of languages across the planet. It also presents and evaluates solutions to the problem from both legal and practical perspectives.

It is organized by the Intercultural Human rights Law Review affiliated with the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights. This unique program leading to an LL.M. and J.S.D. degree in Intercultural Human Rights, features a diverse and global faculty of experts and scholars in the field, hailing from the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Court of Human Rights, and outstanding universities from around the world. 

The INTERCULTURAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW is an annual publication of intercultural human rights scholarship. Affiliated with the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights, this academic honors society publishes pertinent articles and essays by academics, practitioners, and students. In furtherance of this law review’s mission, an annual symposium is organized to provide a forum for people of all walks of life to participate in discussions on human rights.

“Indigenous and Minority Languages under Siege: Finding Responses to a Global Threat” will address two primary threats to the global tapestry of cultures, whose vibrancy is inextricably tied to language as the key medium of communication:

Indigenous Languages: Rights and Revival
Minority Languages: Threats in Comparative Perspective and Protective Regimes

Top scholars and practitioners in the field will share their experience and expertise. The conference is the eighth in a series of symposia dedicated to issues of Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples around the world. It dates back to 1994, when the first such conference was held.