With unparalleled international experience in the field of Indigenous Peoples' rights, James Anaya provides invaluable support and guidance in enhancing Equitable Origin's value to indigenous communities as a tool for protecting their legal and human rights and engaging with the energy industry. He has provided informal advice and support on Indigenous Peoples issues to Equitable Origin since the organization's inception in 2009.
James has dedicated his career as a lawyer, scholar, and advocate to protecting and defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is currently Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to that, he was Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. James was an architect of the 2006 United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples. He later served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, where he investigated the state of indigenous communities’ human rights in 40 countries, earning him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. He is also the author of Indigenous Peoples and International Law, as well as numerous other academic publications.
James received a B.A. in economics from the University of New Mexico in 1980 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1983.