Robert Odawi Porter

Robert Porter


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Robert Porter graduated from Syracuse University and Harvard Law School. He started his legal career working at the global law firms of Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, DC, and Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland. He is a member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation and was raised on the Nation's Allegany Territory. He is an expert in federal Indian law and was the 67th President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He was a Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, came to Iowa Law for the 2002-2003 academic year, and then returned to Syracuse as Professor of Law in 2003.



Robert Porter, "Two Kinds of Indians, Two Kinds of Indian Nation Sovereignty: A Surreply to Professor LaVelle," 11 The Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 629 (2002), 28 pages.
Robert Porter, "The Meaning of Indigenous Nation Sovereignty," 34 Arizona State Law Journal 75 (2002).
Robert Porter, "Cleaning Up the Colonizer's Mess: An Important Role for Legal Scholarship about the Indigenous Nations," 50 University of Kansas Law Review 431 (2002).
Robert Porter, "Pursuing the Path of Indigenization in the Era of Emergent International Law Governing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," 5 Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal 123 (2002), 53 pages.