March 5, 2013
Reimagining the Insular: Thoughts on Islands, the Law, and the Loss of Difference
Julian Aguon, a writer-activist-attorney from Guam, will discuss his experiences with self-determination in the context of non-self-governing territories. Julian has made distinctive contributions for the causes of justice, fairness, and human dignity, and to the rights, autonomy, and dignity of the people of Guam and the Pacific Region. His work centers on human and indigenous rights under international law, with an emphasis in the rights of non-self-governing and indigenous peoples. Julian was chosen as a Petra Foundation Fellow in 2011 in recognition of his work on behalf of Guam and other Pacific Islander communities. Most recently, Julian prevailed in a motion to dismiss a challenge to the ability of native inhabitants of Guam to exercise their statutory right to self-determination before the District Court of Guam. Non-pizza lunch will be served! Generously sponsored by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at YLS.