Northern Plains Indian Law Center Distinguished Indian Law Speaker is Professor Grant Christensen
Christensen presentation titled “Indigenous Governance and Strong Sustainability”
UND Law professor Grant Christensen will be the Northern Plains Indian Law Center's Distinguished Indian Law speaker on Friday, April 20 at noon in the UND School of Law Baker Courtroom. You can also participate online through the UND School of Law Facebook page or through Zoom (see the registration link below). The presentation is part of UND's annual Time Out Week celebration, and is free and open to the public.
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“Indigenous Governance and Strong Sustainability”
Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility have become buzz words surrounding a new generation of millennial investors who are socially conscience and therefore demand that their investments return benefits not just in the form of a growing share price but also ensure protections for the natural world. Indigenous conceptions of governance have long predated this new social movement – placing cultural equity and social equality at the forefront of their own investment and governance decision making. This year’s speaker will explore the intersection of corporate governance and indigenous legal principles with a focus on achieving strong sustainability. Examples of corporate/tribal relations from across the country will be woven together into a narrative that places indigenous governance principles at the forefront of a new socially conscience investor movement.
Professor Grant Christensen
Professor Christensen earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law in 2006 and an LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2010. While at Arizona he assisted with the preparation of briefs to the United States Supreme Court in Elliot v. White Mountain Apache. During undergraduate studies Professor Christensen earned a B.A. in American Studies with a focus on American Indian studies from the University of Richmond.
Professor Christensen joined The University of North Dakota in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at UND, Professor Christensen was an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, a visiting professor at The University of Oregon School of Law and a lecturer of law at The University of Toledo College of Law.
After law school, but before becoming a law professor, Professor Christensen worked at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with the mid-sized law firm of Marshall & Melhorn where he worked on a number of complex cases in the bankruptcy and debtor/creditor contexts.
During the 2011-2012 term, Professor Christensen was awarded a Fulbright research grant by the State Department to Lithuania, the first such grant given in law to the post-Soviet nation. His research focused on international bilateral and multilateral treaty law sand its prospective application to the interpretation of treaties between the United States and Indian Tribes.