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Dalee Sambo Dorough, PhD

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council

Full Biography

Dr. Dorough has a long history of direct involvement in the discussion, debate, and negotiation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). She was an active participant in this work from 1984 up to the adoption of the UNDRIP by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007.  Dr. Dorough was also a direct participant in the two-year revision process of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 107, which resulted in the adoption of C169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries on June 27, 1989, by the ILO. She specializes in Alaska Native self-determination and has extensive experience in the administration, management and coordination of statewide, national and international organizations as well as estimating and oversight of federal, state, and private construction contracting as the former President of Yellowknife Construction, Inc.

Recent publications include a chapter co-authored with S. Wiessner entitled “Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Heritage” in the Oxford Handbook on International Cultural Heritage Law, editors F. Francioni and A. Vrdoljak (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020); a commentary entitled "Perspective on Convention 169, its significance to Inuit and some troubling developments", editors P Larsen and J Gilbert, The International Journal of Human Rights Volume 24, 2020, Issue 2-3: ILO Convention 169: Critical Perspectives, Taylor and Francis Online, 2019; and “A Land Without Borders -- Inuit Cultural Integrity”, a chapter contribution to D. Menezes and H. Nicol (eds) The North American Arctic: New Trends in Arctic Security (UCL Press: 2019).