Duly mandated people

In case you were not aware of this category of human beings, please check out its usage in the following extract from a brief piece in Nature about Aboriginal rights in Australia:

As research manager of the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC), I was involved in your discussion of Aboriginal genome research (Nature 477, 522–523; 2011) and would like to make it clear that the decision to allow analysis of the 90-year-old hair sample was made by the duly mandated people.

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