Team Member: Leonard Mukosi

Leonard Mukosi, BSS, LLB, LLM 

Pronouns: He/Him


Indigenous Data Sovereignty Doctoral Fellow, Native Nations Institute  

SJD Candidate, James E Rogers College of Law (Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy)  University of Arizona

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Leonard Mukosi is a Law doctoral candidate (SJ.D) in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, James E Roger College of Law. Leo’s current research advocates for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples data sovereignty as an international human right, and explores ways in which this right can be operationalized at the domestic level in countries with Indigenous populations. His work with the American Civil Liberties of Montana, Center for World Indigenous Studies further draws on principles of Indigenous data sovereignty.

Leo’s scholarship has also focused on the intersection between countries’ attitudes and responses to addiction and international human rights law. 


Mukosi, L. (2022) “Extraction of Personal Data: A New Form of Colonialism or Continuation of a Colonial Practice? Adult Native American Adoptees Resist Assimilation and Rebuild Erased Identities,” American Indian Law Journal: Vol. 10: Iss. 2, Article 4. Available at:

Mukosi, L. Dakota Access Pipeline a Case of Cultural Genocide? Through an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Lens. in Green Crimes and International Law by Regina Paulose (Venon Press, ed., 2021).

Mukosi, L. Opioid Epidemic Provides an Unexpected Benefit? International Law Inspires a shift from punitive to Curative Responses to addiction. Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law

Mukosi, L (2020) Odawa Cultural Practices to Treat Substance Addictions: A Tour of the Healing to Wellness Court. Fourth World Journal. Vol. 19, N2. pp.41-49.

Mukosi, L. Re-Conceptualizing the International Human Right to Health: An Analysis of the Trends in Developing and Developed Countries’ Responses to Substance Use Disorders, 22 San Diego Int’l L.J. 41

On the unceded traditional homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the lands of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

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