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Binota Dhamai is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Indigenous Governance, at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU). Binota’s PhD from ANU focused on the intrastate peace agreement and its impact to Indigenous Peoples governance, mitralisation, land and territorial rights. 

He is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working at the intersection of Indigenous Peoples empowerment. He studies the politics and governance of Indigenous Peoples, with a particular interest in the self-determination, autonomy and self-government including the participation in decision-making and free prior informed consent (FPIC) in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Binota had over 20 years’ experience working with several Indigenous Peoples organisations in the Asia region and global on Indigenous Peoples empowerment. Currently, as an expert member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Binota provides the UN Human Rights Council with expertise and advice on the matters of Indigenous Peoples human rights. The EMRIP also assists Member States in achieving the goals of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He has been invited to present his expertise on Indigenous Peoples rights to the various international including United Nations seminars and workshops on the Indigenous peoples’ rights and empowerment in the context of international politics and global governance, and the UNDRIP as a key framework advancing Indigenous Peoples rights.

Binota’s research interest is informed by his education, work experience on Indigenous Peoples rights and empowerment and upbringing through his proud Indigenous identity – Tripura. 

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Management and Development, Master, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Regulation and Governance, PhD, School of Regulation & Global Governance

Philosophy, Bachelor, (Hons), University of Dhaka

Philosophy, Master, University of Dhaka

External Scholarly Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Indigenous and local knowledge Taskforce, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

2 Feb 2024 → …

Mandate Holder, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

1 May 202030 Apr 2026


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