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Legalization of soft-drugs—Views from the U.S. and Italy

July 19, 2017

On June 14, 2017, legal experts from the US and Italy gathered at the Law School of the University of Naples “Federico II” to discuss the challenges and perspectives of soft-drugs legalization, in the context of the inaugural colloquium of the international convention set up between the nearly 800-year old Italian law school and Denver University Sturm College of Law.

Professor Amedeo Arena summarizes this international colloquium in this The View from Above article. He is an Associate Professor of European Union Law at the University of Naples “Federico II” School of Law, where he serves as coordinator of the academic cooperation agreement with Denver University Sturm College of Law


Syrian Refugees: Part 2 - the US Syrian Refugee Process

June 28, 2017

The second in a three-part series, this is a timely (and short) review of the refugee process for Syrian applicants — written prior to the recent Supreme Court ruling.


Given their ruling, will there be much change to the process? The current process as defined under the Obama Administration can be seen in this infographic


Read the first installment in The View From Above blog series here



Series author David Coats, 3L, is a staff editor for the student-run Denver Journal for International Law and Policy.


Nanda Op-Ed: Questions About North Korea

May 01, 2017

Professor Nanda addresses the tensions rising over Trump’s statements and actions regarding North Korea in Sunday’s Denver Post.

Read his column PUBLISHED: April 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm | UPDATED: April 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm


Op-Ed: Nanda on the world’s broken refugee system

October 03, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post ,PUBLISHED: September 29, 2016 at 10:54 am | UPDATED: September 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

Existing international and national laws are inadequate to deal with the current explosion in the numbers of refugees. Professor Nanda discusses how the existing structure must change and what more is needed.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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Must Read theGuardian Op-Ed—Syria and Intl Law

October 03, 2016

If international law is at the vanishing point of law,
then the law of war is, perhaps,
even more conspicuously,
at the vanishing point of international law. — Hersch Lauterbach, 1950’s UN intl lawer

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Huge Legal Win Over Intl Terrorism Claims

September 29, 2016

Yesterday, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) overrode the President’s veto and passed the

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S.2040)

This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

It amends the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism. Additionally, the bill authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over and impose liability on a person who commits, or aids, abets, or conspires to commit, an act of international terrorism against a U.S. national.

The text of the Bill may be read here.

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Event: An Overview of the Russian Legal System

September 14, 2016

DU Law’s International Legal Studies Program invites you to join them September 23 at noon in LAW 155 for an engaging and informative discussion on Russia’s legal system.

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Op-Ed: Nanda on Clinton and Trump Views on U.S. Intervention in the World

August 29, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , PUBLISHED: August 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 11:37 am.

With the U.S. Presidential election a little more than two months off, Professor Nanda discusses the professed stances of the two primary candidates on U.S. involvement in international affairs.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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UN—Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is held on August 23 each year to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.

image (source: http://qz.com/763470/the-last-country-to-abolish-slavery-is-jailing-its-anti-slavery-activists/)

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement. (Source: timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-day-remembrance-of-slave-trade-and-its-abolition)

A message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in recognition of this day.

And a timely article from the publication Quartz from where the image above came — The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists.


Nanda Center Lecture: Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

August 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center and the Sturm College of Law welcome Dr. Mark Pomar, internationally-recognized authority in civil society, higher education, and the impact of rule-of-law in the Russian Federation. Dr. Pomar is the founding President (2008-present) of the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule-of-Law (USRF).

Dr. Pomar and the USRF established and provided millions of dollars in grants that supported US-Russia university partnerships, civil society programs, scholar and student exchanges, and non-governmental organizations. In October of 2015, the Putin government declared the USRF a subversive organization and its Russian offices closed. Dr. Pomar’s personal and professional experience is the foundation for this very timely and important civil, economic, and legal discussion.

Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

12 – 1 pm

Ricketson Law Building, LAW 165


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