On March 1 – 2, 2023, NYU’s Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law hosted the Indigenous Data Sovereignty Symposium in collaboration with ENRICH and the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy (NYU Law).

The recordings for the Symposium are now available:

Despite Indigenous Peoples’ long struggle for sovereignty over their lands, they are often excluded from conversations focused on their “data sovereignty.” In response, the Indigenous Data Sovereignty, or IDSov, movement has emerged to recognize the fundamental rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples relating to the collection, ownership and stewardship of data relating to their communities, knowledge and lands. The multifaceted nature of IDSov gives rise to a broad spectrum of legal and ethical concerns, from data storage, ownership, consent and access, to intellectual property rights and other considerations about how data are used in research, policy and practice.

The event brought together scholars from several fields and perspectives, including Indigenous community leaders, as well as experts in law, public policy, medicine, global health, human genomics, anthropology, sociology, management and marketing. Following each of the four themed sessions, a roundtable discussion with the invited speakers was moderated by a member of the NYU law faculty.

Click here to download a pdf of the booklet.

The schedule, topics, and speakers of our symposium’s four panels:

  • Panel 1: IDSov and Tribal Codes (March 1, 3:00 – 4:40 pm, EST)
    • Panelists:
      • Stephanie Carroll (Dene/Ahtna), University of Arizona, Public Health, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and the Native Nations Institute
      • Libby Liggins, Massey University, Zoology and Ecology
      • Ibrahim Garba (Karai-Karai), University of Arizona, College of Public Health and the Native Nations Institute
      • Rodney Haring (Seneca Nation), Roswell Park, Center for Indigenous Cancer Research
    • Round Table hosted by Carlos Andrés Baquero-Díaz, NYU School of Law
  • Panel 2: Government Agencies & IDSov (March 1, 4:50 – 6:30 pm, EST)
    • Panelists:
      • Christopher Chaney (Seneca-Cayuga), Deputy Director, US DOJ Office of Tribal Justice
      • Gwen Phillips (Ktunaxa), B.C. First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative
      • Bobby Saunkeah (Chickasaw), Director, Division of Research and Public Health Chair, Institutional Review Board Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
      • Katharina Ruckstuhl (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne), University of Otago Business School
    • Round Table Hosted by Jason Shultz, NYU School of Law
  • Panel 3: Labels as Technical Protection Mechanisms (March 2, 3:00 – 4:40 pm, EST)
    • Panelists:
      • Jane Anderson, NYU, Anthropology and Museum Studies and Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy
      • Megan Keenan, Information Dignity Alliance
      • Jason Mika (Tūhoe), University of Waikato, Management & Marketing
      • Māui Hudson (Whakatōhea), University of Waikato, Te Kotahi Research Institute; NYU Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy
    • Round Table Hosted by Barton Beebe, NYU School of Law
  • Panel 4: Fair Use & IDSov (March 2, 4:50 – 6:30 pm, EST)
    • Panelists:
      • Krystal Tsosie (Diné/Navajo), Arizona State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
      • Keolu Fox (Kānaka Maoli), UC San Diego, Anthropology, Global Health & Indigenous Futures Lab
      • Greg Keenan, The Digital Justice Foundation and Jain Family Institute (Digital Ethics Fellow)
      • Andrew Grimm (The Digital Justice Foundation)
    • Round Table Hosted by Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, NYU School of Law

Click here to download the symposium flyer with panel information.

If you have questions regarding CLE credits, please contact Cheng-Hau Kee (