Please find below a selection of my publications and speaking events.  These papers, chapters and reports focus on the intersections between Indigenous rights, international trade and investment agreements, and international environmental law.

Thank you for reading. 

Please contact me with any questions or comments that you may have, or with any invitations to speak.


FORTHCOMING: Chapter in The Sustainability Revolution in International Trade Agreements, Oxford University Press 2024

Addressing Trade and Climate Change through a ‘Simple Amendment’ in USMCA: International Economic Law and Policy Blog, May 17, 2021.

A Proposal for a Joint Declaration on Trade and Indigenous Peoples, CIGI, April 27, 2020.

Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (co-editor): CIGI Press, June 6, 2019

Protecting Indigenous Rights in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, International Economic Law and Policy Blog

Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law CIGI Paper No. 109

Toward a Trade and Indigenous Peoples’ Chapter in a Modernized NAFTA CIGI Paper No. 144

The Case for Adding an Indigenous Chapter to NAFTA Centre for International Governance Innovation

UNDRIP Implementation: Braiding International, Domestic and Indigenous Laws, (2017) CIGI Special Report. Eds: Oonagh Fitzgerald and Risa Schwartz

Beyond Trail Smelter: Assessing the Changes in International Law, Chapter 7, Environmental Law, Year in Review. John C Turchin and Risa Schwartz, Canada Law Book, 2006.

Trading Precaution, Sabrina Shaw and Risa Schwartz, United Nations University, 2005.

Trade and Environment in the WTO: State of Play, Sabrina Shaw and Risa Schwartz, Journal of World Trade, 36 (1): 129-154, 2002.

Trade Measures Pursuant to Multilateral Environmental Agreements – Developments from Singapore to Seattle, in Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) Vol. 1:9 2000.



Guest Lecture UNB Law. IPETCA: Exploring how Indigenous Peoples worldviews shape the text of the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement.

Indigenous Bar Association 34th Annual Fall Conference: Workshop discussion on Canada’s Action Plan and Federal implementation of  UNDRIP in Canada.

Expert Discussion on the Implementation of the UNDRIP Act (June 22, 2022) Co-presented by the Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Council on International Law.


Guest speaker on “Native American Calling” radio show.

Indigenous Bar Association 33rd Annual Fall Conference:Panelist forTransboundary Indigenous Rights post R. v. Desautel

TRADE BRIDGES – Bringing the WTO to You – June 2021 – Inclusive Trade Panel.

American Society of International law Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group: Indigenous Peoples and International Trade Law

Panelist at the 3rd Annual Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference


Indigenous Peoples and International Trade book launch at the Indigenous Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Conference.

Meeting No. 7 CIIT – Standing Committee on International Trade Indigenous peoples and international trade


Panelist at the Canadian Council on International Law 2019 Conference “Indigenous Rights in the International Legal Context”.

Presenting at the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Conference June 19-21, 2019, Banff, Alberta: Economic, Health, Education and Social Rights 

Presented at the BC AFN Business Forum 2019 on the Future of First Nations Trade 


World Indigenous Law Conference November 18-21, 2018 – Presented on a Panel: The Integration of Secwepemc Water Law and International Indigenous Law to the Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty: One Heart, One Mind, One River

Presented at the Participation of Indigenous Peoples in the UNDRIP Implementation in Canada: Prospects and Challenges in light of Parallel International Law September 21, 2018 Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Presented at the Intersection of International Trade Law and Aboriginal Law: Key concepts and recent developments, Canadian Bar Association, September 12, 2018

Presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights (UNPFII17) with Professor Brenda Gunn, Christina Gray and Cheryl Knockwood: On Protecting Indigenous lands, April 2018.

Panellist for Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business (CCAB) First Nations Export Forum: Supporting Export Development in Ontario. Panel Discussion on First Nation Economic Advancement and Global Trade, March 8, 2018, Toronto, Canada

Spoke on a panel entitled “NAFTA Indigenous Trade Chapter and beyond”: Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO) Spring Conference, June 2018, Norman Oklahoma

Lectured at McGill Law School: Making International Trade More equitable January


TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM, DECEMBER 12, 2017. Check out the video feed of the discussion.

Presented “Moving beyond the ‘carve out’: Increasing Indigenous peoples’ participation in International Trade and Investment”: Inter-Tribal Trade and investment organization’s 3rd conference (IITIO), in Norman, Oklahoma. This presentation was used as a basis for a NAFTA submission to Global Affairs Canada.

Presented “Increasing Indigenous Participation in International law and Treaty-making”: The Columbia Basin Indigenous Nations Indigenous Leaders Workshop in Spokane, Washington.

Presented “Making Space” in International Law and Treaty Making to the Indigenous Bar Association’s Annual Conference, 2017, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Presented Making Space” in International Law and Treaty Making to the 7th National Land Claims Agreements Coalition Conference November 14, 2017


Presented “Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law” at the ILA 77th Biennial Conference, Johannesburg, SA.

Presented “Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law” and at the Indigenous Bar Association’s Annual Conference, 2016, Vancouver, Canada.

Presented “Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Law” at the Inter-Tribal Trade and investment organization’s second conference (IITIO) at Thompson Rivers University Law School in Kamloops, Canada.

Organized and Chaired a panel on UNDRIP Implementation at the Canadian Council for International Law Annual Conference (CCIL) 45th Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada.