International Legal Studies News
Rwanda Twenty Years Ago kick-off event a huge success
October 16, 2013
On Wednesday October 16th, the law school’s International Legal Studies Program and Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law collaborated with the Department of Anthropology, the University Libraries, and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies to host a panel of Rwandans who discussed their perceptions of the events leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which 800,000 women, children and men perished. Noteworthy speaker Medard Nduwamungu is a genocide survivor and contributor to the 1999 Alison Des Forges book “Live None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda” and later translated that book into Kinyarwanda. Mr. Nduwamungu, who now works for the Canadian Department of Justice’s War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Section, spoke of the many early warning signs to the genocide. In a powerful statement Mr. Nduwamungu stated: “World leaders know the political environment in countries. They know when atrocities such a as genocide are being committed. And they ought to be ashamed that they allow the atrocities to occur.”
Other panelists included Mr. Adolphe Kajangwe, a local Rwandan who grew up in neighboring Burundi, and Ms. Francoise Mbabazi, another local Rwandan who grew up in neighboring Uganda. Both had family members perish in the genocide, and both provided valuable insights with regards to the pre-genocidal culture, context and colonial legacy that stirred historical conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi populations that spanned across the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda.
The panel was part of a larger series of events and activities designed to commemorate the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. For more information, please visit our blog, www.rwanda20yearsago.com.
Ved Nanda Center hosts Islamic Law scholar from University of Toronto
September 20, 2013
This past Friday September 20th, the Ved Nanda Center, in collaboration with the Josef Korbel School’s Center for Middle East Studies, hosted Islamic Law scholar Mohammad Fadel of the University of Toronto for a lunchtime talk on “The Crisis in Egypt: Liberalism, Islamism, and the Struggle for Democracy.” Professor Fadel spoke on the topics of Liberalism and Islamism in Egypt post-Arab Spring and post-2012 constitutional reforms. Professor Fadel’s lunchtime talk was well attended and well received with nearly 100 attendees. Professor Micheline Ishay of the Josef Korbel School spoke as a discussant after the lecture. To view the lecture, please visit the Center for Middle East Studies’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DUCenterforMiddleEastStudies.
Professor Ved Nanda weighs in on the US response to Syria
September 07, 2013
Professor Ved Nanda’s Denver Post OpEd piece on the US response to Syria.
Dr. Michael Strauss delivers lecture concerning the Guantanamo Bay lease.
April 12, 2013
On Monday, April 8, Dr. Michael Strauss, Professor of International Relations at the Paris-based Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS), spoke to a room of law students, professors, and community members concerning the lease between the United States and Cuba concerning Guantanamo Bay.
Dr. Strauss described how the lease affected both international law and diplomatic relations for the United States. Dr. Strauss also discussed the lessons learned from the jurisdictional gap—the “legal black hole”—that has been a topic of much concern and conversation since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Faculty Highlights for Prof. Ved Nanda
March 29, 2013
Below please find an extremely abbreviated account of Professor Nanda’s recent accomplishments:
Jan 6, 2012: Received the Special Award given biennially by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin in Jaipur, India
“International Law and Human Rights – Recent Developments” Human Rights Forum, Orlando FL
“The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ – An Emerging Norm of International Law – Is the International Community Ready for it?” Aspen Institute, Aspen
Chair and Presenter at the Biennial Congress o f the World Jurist Association on the Law of the World, Prague, Czech Republic
“Educational Exchanges Between India and the US,” India-US Education Summit, Pune, India
“Global Interdependence, Human Rights, and International Law” The Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, Boston.
Delivered 22nd Panchnad Annual Lecture at the Panchnad Research Institute, Chandigarh, Punjab, India: “Geo-Strategic Challenges Facing India.”
Expert Witness on the Act of State Doctrine in Marcos case humans rights class action litigation before the Singapore Supreme Court
Dr. Lars Meyer speaks with students about international careers
March 27, 2013
On March 26th, Dr. Lars Meyer of the internationally-renowned law firm Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer LLP spoke with student about obtaining careers in private international law. Dr. Meyer discussed his travel experiences, business and transactions law practice, and law culture in his native Germany.
The International Legal Studies Program and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law thanks Dr. Meyer for sharing his insight and thoughts. Dr. Meyer is a graduate of the Sturm College of Law’s LLM program.
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March 15, 2013
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DU Center for Middle East Studies to host myriad events in April
March 15, 2013
Our friends at the DU Center for Middle East Studies have put together numerous events for the month of April. Please mark them in your calendars if you wish to attend.
– The Arab Spring & the Dynamics of Global Autocracy
A Lecture by Daniel Brumberg of Georgetown University
12:00 p.m. | Room 229—Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
– Lessons from the Iraq War, 10 Years On
A Conversation with Thabit A.J. Abdullah of York University & Christopher Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2009-2010) & Dean of the Josef Korbel School
12:00 p.m. | Anderson Academic Commons Event Space, Room 290
co-sponsored by the Center on Rights Development & the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
– Film Screening + Discussion: Where Do We Go Now?
The women of a post-conflict, Middle Eastern village struggle together to prevent Christian/Muslim violence
6:00 p.m. | Sturm 451
co-sponsored with the Religious Studies and Media, Film & Journalism Studies Departments
– Who Won the Iraq War? The 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion
A Presentation by Journalists Reese Erlich & Norman Solomon
2:00 p.m. | University of Colorado Denver – North Classroom 1607
– Founding Amnesias: Slaves, Palestinians and Native Americans
A Talk by Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
discussant: Andrea Stanton, Professor of Religious Studies, DU
12:00 p.m. | SIÉ 150
Save the Date! International Law Gala Dinner April 18th, 2013.
March 08, 2013
Please join the International Legal Studies Program, The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for the 2013 International Law Gala Dinner at which we will honor distinguished alumna Lisa Helling (JD’81, U.S. Department of State) and feature a talk by human rights litigator Mr. Robert A. Swift, recipient of the Nanda Center’s Cox Price Human Rights Award.
The Gala Dinner will be held at the Sturm College of Law on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The reception begins promptly at 6:30pm followed immediately by dinner at 7pm. Cocktail attire required. Prices are $30 for alumni and friends and $20 for students.
Jessup Team headed to International Rounds in Washington D.C.
March 08, 2013
On the weekend of March 1st, 2013 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 54th 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 Brianna Evans, Wesley Fry, Victoria Kelley, William Kent and Morgan Robinson (Of Counsel) placed second overall in the Pacific Regional Competition, thus earning the opportunity to advance to the International Rounds which take place in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2013. The team competed against teams from California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Louisiana, and lost only in the final round against the team from University of California Hastings. 3L Brianna Evans won “Best Overall Oralist” and the team’s Memorials placed 5th overall.
Congratulations to the Jessup team for a job well done!