Webinar: Everyone’s Business, Indigenous critiques on COP26

The ANU Institute for Water Futures invites you to our upcoming webinar – Everyone’s Business, Indigenous critiques on COP26, the first in our 'Water on the Horizon' 2022 event series. In this webinar, we will be joined by leading Indigenous scholar Dr. Virginia Marshall who will reflect on COP26 where she attended as a UN Pacific Delegate for the Indigenous Peoples Platform meetings and UN interventions.

Professor Mark Howden, Director of the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions and leading voice behind climate change and adaptation research, will open and moderate this discussion.

The webinar brings together the IWF’s commitment to sharing First Nations voices and perspectives in discussions around water futures.

About the Speaker

Dr Virginia Marshall, Wiradjiri Nyemba yinaa. Virginia is the inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University, with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. The leading legal scholar on Indigenous Australian water rights, Virginia was the winner of the prestigious WEH Stanner Award for the best thesis by an Indigenous author, titled, 'A web of Aboriginal water rights: Examining the competing Aboriginal claim for water property rights and interests in Australia'.

Author of the award-winning seminal book Overturning Aqua Nullius (2017), Virginia is Principal Solicitor/Director in her law firm, Triple BL Legal, specialising in native title, traditional knowledge protection and human rights.  She is the Co-Chair of the National Committee on Aboriginal Water Interests, inaugural Chair of the ANU Indigenous Research Advisory Group, Water Expert for the World Economic Forum, and the Indigenous Peoples Organisation (Australia) champion, human rights adviser and executive board member for the ACT .

Virginia is the lead Chief Investigator on an ARC Indigenous Discovery award (2022-24) ($1,000,000) and the first scholar from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific awarded an ARC grant in this category.