International Legal Studies News
DU Law’s Jessup Team Performed Exceptionally at International Rounds in D.C.
April 27, 2015
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team has just returned from the International Rounds of the competition in Washington, D.C., where 127 finalist teams competed for the Jessup Cup. Now in its 56th year, the Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 600 law schools from over 80 countries. The competition is a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. This year’s issues dealt with legal questions mirroring those arising from the Crimean secession, as well as treaty interpretation. The team members are: J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Alex Jennings (3L), Maral Shoaei (2L), and Philip Nickerson (2L).
The DU Jessup Team performed extremely well, advancing out of the preliminary rounds for the first time in six years. Only the top 32 seated teams advanced and of those 32, the team was ranked in 8th place overall and was undefeated in the preliminary rounds. Only 5 United States teams advanced out of the preliminary rounds this year. Alex Jennings placed as the 28th best oralist and Philip Nickerson placed 86th, out of over 500 oralists. At the Go Nationals Dress Ball (a costume party where teams dress in something related to their home country), the team members went as miners and were the hit of the party. The team is coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), with valuable assistance from Coach Emeritus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11).
Denver Law’s Jessup Team Advances to the International Rounds in D.C.
March 02, 2015
On the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 Denver Law’s Jessup Moot Court Team headed to Portland, Oregon to compete in the Pacific Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Now in its 56th year, the Philip C. Jessup moot is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools worldwide. The competition is a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Denver Law Jessup team members J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Alex Jennings (3L), Maral Shoaei (2L) and Philip Nickerson (2L) placed second overall in the Pacific Regional Competition, thus earning the opportunity to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which take place in Washington, D.C. in April. Denver Law’s team will compete against over 100 teams from 80+ countries for the Jessup Cup.
A special item of note from this year’s regional competition is that the Denver Law team was undefeated in the preliminary rounds, winning every judge in every oral argument. The team advanced to, and won, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, defeating the Pacific Regional champions for the past five years, the University of California Hastings College of Law, in the semifinals. Twenty teams competed in the Pacific Regional competition. The team competed against seven teams and lost only in the final round against the University of Hawaii. Captain J. Matt Thornton received the award for 7th Best Oralist overall and the team’s written brief was awarded 6th place. The team was coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), a former member of the Denver Law Jessup team. They also received valuable assistance from Coach Emeritus and Denver Law alumnus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11). Congratulations to the Jessup team on a job well done!
Pictured from left: J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Maral Shoaei (2L), Coach Megan Matthews, Alex Jennings (3L) and Philip Nickerson (2L)
Spring Registration Open for Legal Research Certificate
January 13, 2015
Registration for the Certificate in Advance Legal Research classes is now open! The Certificate offers over twenty classes on various research topics. Instructions for day students are available on the Enrollment for Day Students page. Instructions for Evening Students are available Enrollment for Evening Students page. If you would like more information on the program or need help registering, contact Peter Kersten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tanzanian Ambassador Liberata Mulamula: “Africa is not Hopeless”
November 20, 2014
Yesterday, the Tanzanian Ambassador to the United States, Liberata Mulamula spoke about Conflict Resolution in Africa: Hurdles and Hardships. She talked about the role of women at the negotiating table, the perception of Africa in the rest of the world, and past peace negotiations during and after the genocide in Rwanda. The takeaway from her talk was that there is hope for Africa. A large number of students and a few professors enthusiastically participated in the question and answer session.
DU’s SCOL Honored to Welcome IACHR Comm. Rosa Ortiz
October 23, 2014
On Tuesday evening, the Sturm College of Law welcomed the IACHR Commissioner Rosa Ortiz, who is also the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child. She presented a lecture on “Juvenile Justice in the Americas” and also mentioned her visits to juvenile detention centers in Denver. After her lecture, Richard, a man who was imprisoned when he was 17 years old, told his story of imprisonment in an adult detention facility. Kim Dvorchak from the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition told the audience of the changes in laws in Colorado.
Larry Johnson talk on Lawyering in the UN Video
October 14, 2014
Can’t make it to the Larry Johnson talk on Lawyering in the UN at noon today? Watch it here.
Denver Post Article by Professor Nanda on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
October 13, 2014
The Denver Post.com – Opinion
Ved Nanda: India’s Modi is a Visionary
During his recent five-day, high-profile visit to the U.S., India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, had a distinct message for the various groups he addressed. These included the Indian diaspora, the international community, the U.S. administration, and top American CEOs.
I was among the more than 18,000 mostly Indian-Americans welcoming Modi at Madison Square Garden in New York, where he responded to chants of “Modi, Modi” by saying, “You have given me such a warm and loving welcome that I am deeply indebted to you. I want to repay the debt by promising you that you will be proud of the new India.”
More than 30 lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate were also in attendance. The crowd loudly cheered when Modi pledged to speed the visa process for visitors from the United States. The Indian American Community Foundation orchestrated the entire show.
As Modi addressed the U.N. General Assembly and the Council on Foreign Relations, his message was clear: India is able and willing to shoulder its duty to be a responsible member of the world community.
As Modi and President Obama met in the Oval Office, Obama said, “We have so much in common, it is critical for us to deepen and broaden the existing framework and partnership that already exists.” Modi reciprocated, saying he expected the economic partnership between the U.S. and India “to grow rapidly in the coming years.” The Obama administration cleared the way for India to purchase American technology for clean energy projects with $1 billion in financing from the Export-Import Bank of the Untied States.
At a dinner given by President Obama in Modi’s honor at the White House, Modi drank only warm water as he was fasting in observance of the annual nine-day Hindu religious festival, Navaratri. In a joint statement, the two governments pledged to expand cooperation in multiple fields, including defense. Defense cooperation relates to maritime security, naval technology, and military exercises. They acknowledged the “need to use the institutions and expertise of the Montreal Protocol to reduce consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons.”
They said they will work jointly on efforts to “boost manufacturing and expand affordable renewable energy, while sustainably securing the future of our common environment.”
Earlier, Obama and Modi jointly authored a commentary in The Washington Post, saying that “as global partners, we are committing to enhancing our homeland security by sharing intelligence, through counterterrorism and law-enforcement cooperation, while we jointly work to maintain freedom of navigation and lawful commerce across the seas.” This language unequivocally shows shared concern with Chinese sovereignty claims and naval exercises and activities in the South China Sea.
For American business, Modi’s message was that India welcomes foreign direct investment with its vision of a transformed, business-friendly country free of bureaucratic red tape. And for people back home in India, the media played Modi’s image as a rock star who has given India’s status a well-deserved boost. The signal was clear that India is assuming a leadership role in the international arena.
While this visit succeeded in its intention to mend the strained relations between the U.S. and India, differences remain that cannot be glossed over. On the economic front, intellectual property rights remain a vexing issue. So are India’s rules on civil nuclear liability. On global trade, India’s dissatisfaction with progress on food security measures scuttled the World Trade Organization’s proposed trade facilitation agreement. The agreement would have reformed cumbersome customs procedures.
On the political front, differences exist, as well. The U.S. and India do not see eye-to-eye on many critical matters, such as Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Working groups from both countries are meeting to bridge these differences.
The visionary but also pragmatic Modi has reopened the door for further meaningful cooperation between the oldest democracy and the largest democracy in the world.
The 2014 Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture: A Huge Success!
September 22, 2014
The Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture took place on September 18, 2014. The speaker was Dr. W. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.
Dr. Jackson was presented a certificate in recognition of the Gift of Life he has given to countless people around the world. Dr. Jackson’s lecture was inspirational as well as informative. He talked about his father’s journey of founding Project C.U.R.E. and how he himself joined Project C.U.R.E. and in 1997 became its President and CEO. Dr. Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of law. In 1992, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and econometrics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, authoring a dissertation on leveraged buyouts and secondary public offerings. Dr. Jackson is a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor societies.
The Nanda Center was honored to welcome Mr. Douglas Scrivner and Mrs. Mary Scrivner, who have sponsored this annual event.
UNA Denver Events
September 12, 2014
Peace Day Celebration
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 16th Street Mall – Downtown Denver
The International Day of Peace is a UN-declared day of cease-fire and non-violence to promote world peace. The year 2014 marks the 30thanniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. This proclamation was made with the intention of strengthening international peace and security for the full enjoyment of human rights for all. Thirty years later, there is still much work to be done in a world where political turmoil impacts people and their human rights every day in all corners of the world.
The United Nations Association of Denver is taking a stand to honor the Right of Peoples to Peace. Please join us on Saturday, September 20 for a Peace Day observance and celebration, with Jovial Concepts and other community organizations dedicated to peace. The event is free and open to the public and will feature educational activities, speakers, live music, and much more! Don’t miss UNA Denver’s presenter on stage at 4:55pm – Dr. Art Jones, Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Colorado Women’s College and founder of The Spirituals Project.
We need volunteers at our booth! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meghan Brenner at email@example.com. We will have two hour shifts available throughout the day and would love to see our members!
Model United Nations
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Boulder High School
Boulder High School will host a training session for new members to learn parliamentary procedure and for experienced members wishing to act as presiding officers at local Model UN meets.
The first official meet will be held at Kent Denver on October 11 at 8 am. If anyone in the UNA community is interested in serving as a judge at one or more of our meets this year, please email Celia Bard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNA Women Presents “Arise” Film Screening
Friday, Octover 24, 2014 (UN DAY) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Ballroom A, Tivoli Student Union – University of Colorado, Denver 900 Auraria Parkway
“Arise” – A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth. Panel presentation to follow screening with special guests from the film and UN Youth Ambassador, Jackson Dougan!
UNA Salon Series
UNA Denver presents a panel series on timely topics and world events with UN / World Issue experts to stimulate learning and participatory discussions.
Location: Tears-McFarlane House 1290 Williams St., Denver 80218.
Tickets: UNA members free / $5 for nonmembers.
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Occupation, Apartheid & the Right of Return in Israel & Palestine with guest panelist, Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Wednesday, November 5, 6:00-8:00pm
Guest panelist, Mark Goldberg, editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog, UN Dispatch.
Denver Law hosts a very special pre-trial conference
September 11, 2014
On Friday September 12, 2014, the Sturm College of Law will host prosecutors as they participate in a pre-trial conference before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) remotely from Denver via video conferencing. The STL judges will sit in The Netherlands, while accused will appear from Beirut, Lebanon. SCOL lecturer David Akerson is a former prosecutor at the Yugoslavia and Rwanda Tribunals and he currently serves as a Senior Legal Consultant to the STL. The hearing is at 7 am in room 437 of the law school and is open to the public. However, seating is very limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Lecturer Akerson offers classes at the SCOL which allows the students to work remotely at the international criminal tribunals and his courses have often led to internships for his students.