UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and its Global Study on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women: problems and prospects

Stream: Examining What Works: what have been critical components in developing research-based responses that have also delivered promising results?
Date: Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Time: 4.10 pm – 5.40 pm

Abstract

What have been critical components in developing research-based responses that have also delivered promising results?

Author

Megan Davis (Presenter), Professor, and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law, and Expert Member, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law, Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law and a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Megan is also a UN Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) (state member) and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice and Gender and Women. In 2012, Megan was the Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on violence against Indigenous women, held in New York; and was elected again in 2013 as Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth. In 2014/15, Megan was elected as Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Megan teaches, writes and researches in the areas of Public Law (Constitutional Law) and Public International Law. In 2011, Megan was appointed by the Federal Government to the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution and continues to be involved in legal discussions on the constitutional issues relating to the referendum model. In addition, Megan specialises in legal issues pertaining to violence against Indigenous women. Megan has extensive experience as an international lawyer at the United Nations for over a decade and participated in the drafting of the UNDRIP from 1999-2004; and is a former UN Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.