2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow Makes His Mark

November 24, 2015

Established in 1998, the Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellows Program has provided the opportunity for one graduate law student from Moscow State University (MSU) to attend law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for one full semester in order to study the US legal system. This year’s scholar, Damir Salikhov, has gone one step further than just learning from us. He decided that there needed to be a dialogue between the universities, to share perspectives and look at the law on various issues from both viewpoints.

Visiting fellow, Damir Salikhov approached the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a proposal to host a live video conference call with peers from MSU. He arranged for the same on the Moscow State side and collaborated with them to find experts and students to participate. The first conference was co-sponsored with the DU Korbel Center for Rights Development, the Sturm College of Law, the Ved Nanda Center, and the DU Intl Law Society on the subject of The Right to Privacy in Modern Societies—Comparative Perspectives.

This conference featured two faculty experts from each university and two student presenters followed by Q&A. You can view a LIVESTREAM of the event here. It was a first for both the University of Moscow and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law/Ved Nanda Center.

The second conference arranged by Mr. Salikhov, MSU, and DU/Ved Nanda Center took on the subject of US & Russia — Perspectives in Individual Bankruptcy and International Law. Moderated on the DU side by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and Nanda Center Advisory Board Member, the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, more than 12 banking/bankruptcy experts participated from Moscow. Participants were from not only academia, but represented the World Bank, the Arbitrage Court of Moscow, and Sberbank of Russia. The inclement weather in Colorado made for a sparse crowd on the DU side but the conversations and discussion belied the lack. The LIVESTREAM of the conference is available now.

For both conferences, more than 40 people attended on the MSU side. The opportunity for open, candid dialogue with DU Sturm College of Law has taken hold at MSU — Mr. Salikhov has been approached by several other practice areas of law at MSU to have more events with SCOL. The Nanda Center, along with the DU Intl Law Society, will be collaborating with Mr. Salikhov to bring more of these to fruition in the New Year on subjects such as Criminal Law, Election Law, and more.

With the inaugural events now in the past, DU and MSU have created a repeatable model that we will continue to use and tweak as we share and compare perspectives on international law and its practice in the US and in Russia.

For information and/or questions, contact Anne Aguirre, coordinator, the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, aaguirre@law.du.edu.

Mr. Salikhov, the 2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Moscow Lomonosov and returns to his studies in Moscow for 2016.