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And the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay winner is . . .

June 16, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center continues its mission of scholarship and the promotion and dissemination of quality writing in the field of international legal and comparative law studies with the presentation of the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay Competition award to Jeremy S Goldstein, JD’16 for his outstanding essay on “Bringing BITs Back from the Brink of Bad – A compilation of methodology for reserving policy space in investment agreements to meet international human rights obligations pursuant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Article 9.”

Mr. Goldstein is a 3L student, studying International law, with a focus on sustainable development. When school is not in session, Mr. Goldstein spends his time travelling and learning, principally in Asia and the Middle-East. As a student of the world interested in human rights, Mr. Goldstein is concerned with the role that governments and international institutions play in improving quality of life for those in the developing world, the rights of women and children, and the ability of all to enjoy fair and equal rights under the law.

Mr. Goldstein has been an active member of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy as its Online Editor-In-Chief, is a member of the International Law Society and the Jewish Law Students Association.

The Nanda Center was honored to present Mr. Goldstein with the Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay award. Leonard v.B. Sutton (1914-2002), former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Denver Law School alumnus, and a man deeply devoted to the international rule of law, endowed an annual award to encourage and reward DU Law students for scholarly research in international law.

The award is given for the best essay submitted by a Sturm College of Law student and provides a cash prize study in the Summer Program of The Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands .

2017 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay competition will be open to any currently enrolled student following the submission guidelines on the Nanda Center website. The deadline for submissions will be announced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 semester.

Any questions please contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center coordinator, .

Human Privacy vs. Data Privacy: How Does Your Nation Define Abuse?

April 05, 2016

Ten transnational, multidisciplinary legal scholars and professional will explore tensions in their nation over the power struggle for equal human rights protections compared with recent protections to prevent unwanted data invasion. MYCY Radio Production Studio will broadcast this discussion Live from the UN Buffer Zone in the last divided capital city in the world, Nicosia, Cyprus.

1 CLE credit

Friday, April 15th | 9 – 10am | LAW 170 Ricketson Law Building


Facebook Event Page

For questions contact Anne Aguirre,

Sponsored by the Ved Nanda Center, One Woman At A Time, MYCY, University of Lancaster-Cyprus, University of Nicosia, University of Cyprus, goap Centro antiviolenza, younicef for unicef, and the Sturm College of Law.

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International Volunteer Opportunities with One Heart Source

March 17, 2016


One Heart Source is an international 501©3 non-profit focused on collaboration, design, and implementation of programs focused on student mentorship, intercultural experience and dialogue in South Africa and Jamaica. Since 2008, over 1,000 students from 100 universities have participated in our programs.

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs. We are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa this summer!

Volunteers will:

  • Develop the international experience graduate schools and employers look for
  • Gain skills in academic tutoring, international communication, and community outreach
  • Mentor students to realize academic growth and cultivate lifelong relationships
  • Partner with local communities to experience a global perspective
  • Connect to an international network designing global uplift

Apply for our Volunteer Programs: 2016 Application

Next Application Deadline: March 25

For more info:

The Denver Journal of Intl Law & Policy wants YOU!

February 26, 2016

The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy has been a definitive voice in its field for over four decades. The Journal was founded by Professor Ved Nanda in 1971 and has enjoyed the guidance of a world-class Board of Advisors. It is the second oldest international law journal in the United States of America and is ranked internationally.

The Journal is an entirely student run and organized publication at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Journal is published four times a year thanks to its dedicated staff and editorial board.

Apply now to join the Board of the Journal and become a part of DU’s International Law legacy.

Check out More Info for more information and how to apply.

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Video Link Available for the 2016 Conference on Tibet

February 22, 2016

The audio-visual of the Tibet — Rights, Reality, and the Law event is Now Available.

For information on the speakers and program, please see the Recent Events Page.

Questions or Comments — Anne Aguirre,

Updated Submission Date for Sutton Writing Competition

January 19, 2016

Submissions for the Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay Competition are now due Monday, February 1st.

Detailed information may be found at the the Sutton Writing Competition webpage

2015 Leonard v.B.Sutton Colloquium

September 29, 2015


The 48th Annual Sutton Colloquium takes on the serious issues challenging the international community in their efforts to achieve Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy goals. These goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet, enable access to sustainable energy for the common good. Leading academics and experts will engage in discussion around these challenges to global governance and the opportunities available to move ahead.

The Myles S. McDougal Lecture will be presented by Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy, Nicholas Doman Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Boulder. His topic, Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage, will look at existing principles of justice over the ages and argue that they should be applied in the solution of providing sustainable, renewable energy to the poor of the world.

NEW!! Presentations and Supporting Materials

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 10th, 2015, from 8:30am – 5:30pm at the Sturm College of Law. CLE credits are available.

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

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