Common Law’s Professor Tracey Lindberg has been awarded a University Research Chair in Indigenous Laws, Legal Orders and Traditions. Her research program will explore and advance inherent Indigenous laws, Indigenous citizenship laws and standards, Indigenous governmental authority, and comparative Indigenous law research.
Through its research chair program, the University of Ottawa seeks to build academic prominence through research of the highest quality and with the greatest potential for meaningful impact. University Research Chairs are awarded in recognition of outstanding and continuous accomplishments in research as well as the training of students.
Professor Lindberg’s research program builds upon the legal philosophies and principles of four participatory groups which retain and practice their inherent Indigenous laws, legal orders and traditions. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as electoral promises made by the current Canadian government, necessitate research that defines the parameters of self-determination, community, and political and legal institutions. Researching and unpacking the inherent laws, legal orders and traditions that support and strengthen Indigenous governance will allow Professor Lindberg to study, understand and write about the notion of inherency and laws embedded in the land of Indigenous Nations, Communities and Societies. Bolstered by her international stature as a researcher and writer, the program represents a unique opportunity for academic comparative analysis of Indigenous laws of governance and citizenship.
Professor Lindberg’s five-year term as University Research Chair in Indigenous Laws, Legal Orders and Traditions began on April 1, 2017.
Congratulations to Professor Lindberg!