S. James Anaya is the American James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. In March 2008, he was appointed by the United Nations as its Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples.
Education and work
Anaya is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A., 1980) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1983). At Harvard Law School, he was a member of the Board of Student Advisers. He teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights, constitutional law, and issues concerning indigenous peoples.
Anaya has served as a consultant for organizations and government agencies in numerous countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before courts and international organizations. He was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the first time upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law. In addition, he directed the legal team that successfully achieved a judgment by the Supreme Court of Belize affirming the traditional land rights of the Maya people of that country.
- Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996, 2d. ed. 2004). ISBN 0-19-517350-3
- International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice (4th ed. 2006) (co-authored with Richard B. Lillich, Hurst Hannun & Dinah L. Shelton) ISBN 0-316-52687-8
- The Protection of Indigenous Peoples' Rights Over Lands and Natural Resources Under the Inter-American Human Rights System, 14 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 33 (2001) (co-author with Robert A. Williams, Jr.).
- The Native Hawaiian People and International Human Rights Law: Toward a Remedy for Past and Continuing Wrongs, 28 Ga. L. Rev. 309 (1994), reprinted in International Law and Indigenous Peoples 309 (S. James Anaya ed., 2003).
- A Contemporary Definition of the International Norm of Self-Determination, 3 Transnat'l L. & Contemp. Probs. 131 (1993).
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- Contemporary Forms of Slavery (Gulnara Shahinian)
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- Education (Kishore Singh)
- Effects of Economic Reform Policies and Foreign Debt on Human Rights (Cephas Lumina)
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- Minority Issues (Rita Izsak)
- Physical and Mental Health (Anand Grover)
- Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism (Ben Emmerson)
- Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (Githu Muigai)
- Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (Najat M’jid Maala)
- Torture (Juan E. Méndez)
- Trafficking in Persons (Joy Ngozi Ezeilo)
- Violence against Women (Rashida Manjoo)
- Human Rights and Access to Safe Drinking water and Sanitation (Catarina de Albuquerque)
- Human Rights and International Solidarity (Rudi Muhammad Rizki)
- Human Rights and the Illicit Movement of Toxic Waste (Calin Georgescu)
- Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises (John Ruggie)
- Human Rights of Indigenous People (James Anaya)
- Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (Chaloka Beyani)
- Human Rights of Migrants (François Crépeau)
- Human Rights and the Environment
United Nations Special Rapporteurs bear mandates from the United Nations Human Rights Council
and may hold the titles Special Rapporteur, Independent Expert or Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and are also referred to simply as mandate-holders