International Legal Studies News
Somali Piracy panel held at Denver Law
March 07, 2012
The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, in collaboration with NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy, hosted an evening panel discussing the legal and policy implications of maritime piracy in Somalia and across the world’s oceans. The panel, “Somali Piracy: Legal and Policy Challenges,” featured expert panelists Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy; Ms. Donna Hopkins, Coordinator, Counter Piracy and Maritime Security, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, U.S. State Department; Dr. Swadesh Rana of Oceans Beyond Piracy- India, Program Adviser and Focal Point for South Asia; and Commander Kimberlie Young, Legal Advisor to the NATO’s Allied Command Transformation.
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Denver Law students to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
March 01, 2012
Denver Law students will argue in a simulated international commercial arbitration hearing in four cities worldwide this March. The students will compete over the course of two weeks in either Europe or Asia. One team of students competes in the Shanghai Vis “Pre-Moot” event which then leads to the official Vis Moot (East) in Hong Kong. Another team of students will travel to the Belgrade Open “Pre-Moot” before traveling to Vienna for the main Vis Moot event. The students will compete in four preliminary rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. If they score high enough, they advance to head-to-head elimination rounds. The Vis Moot is considered the olympics of international trade law. It is one of the most prestigious student competitions in the world. Many conferences and events related to international trade law and dispute resolution take place during the event, and social networking is considered half of the Moot experience.
The Moot Shanghai takes place at the East China University of Political Science and Law from March 10 – 17, 2012.Various events take place in the area around the University, and some hearings are held at international law firms in Shanghai. The Hong Kong Moot takes place at City University of Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong from March 17 – 27, 2012. The Belgrade Open takes place at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law from March 23 – 25, 2012. The Vienna Moot primarily takes place at the University of Vienna law school from March 26 – April 7, 2012, with various events held around the city center. A number of hearings are held at the offices of international law firms in Vienna.
The 2011-2012 DU Vis Moot Team:
Asian Team: Maureen Weiland, Kaitlin Fox, Chris Rogers, Ken Hayes
Europe Team: Emily Bloedel, Stephanie Foote
Vis Team Coaches: Coren Hinkle, Matt Hofmeister, Kevin Walsh, Ted Gleason
Adjunct Professor/Head Coach: Todd A. Wells
A look at International Commercial Arbitration Hearings
February 29, 2012
Estimates indicate that over 85% of all international deals require the resolution of disputes in arbitration. What does an arbitration hearing look like? Gain insight into the inner workings of the sometimes mysterious world of international arbitration. Join the World Trade Center Denver, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the United States Council for International Business Arbitration Committee ‘s Rocky Mountain Subcommittee (USCIB) and students from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for an evening showcasing an international commercial arbitration hearing. Students from the University of Denver Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team will argue in a simulated hearing before three arbitrators from the CIArb. After the simulated one hour hearing, the arbitrators will offer advocacy feedback to the students, and open the floor to questions from the audience. A few weeks later, the DU students will head off to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Belgrade, and Vienna to argue the same case at the olympics of international trade law, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. A case summary will be provided to registered participants prior to the hearing. Come look through a window on the workings of arbitration hearings, meet local international arbitration arbiters and practitioners, and help our local students on their way to representing Denver and Colorado overseas.
1625 Broadway, Suite 680 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Two Denver Law environmental experts to speak at conference in Norway
February 16, 2012
Two Denver Law environmental and natural resources law professors will be featured in the Rule of Law for Nature program, which is being organized by the Natural Resources Law Group at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from May 9-11, 2012. Professor Jan G. Laitos, John A. Carver Jr. Professor of Law, and Dr. Anita Halvorssen, Adjunct Professor of Law, will take part in the conference that marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration, the 30th anniversary of the UN World Charter for Nature and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 25th anniversary of the Brundtland Report, and the 20th anniversary of both the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, and the UNCED Conventions: the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Denver Law Hosts Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of Jessup International Law Moot
February 12, 2012
Beginning February 9, 2012, and for the second year in a row, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosted the Rocky Mountain Super Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. 24 teams from the western and mid-western regions of the country arrived in Denver on February 9th to begin competing for a prized spot in the International Rounds which will take place this March, and which will bring in teams from around the globe.
The Jessup Competition is an advocacy contest in which teams of students write briefs and present oral arguments before a simulated International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The competition starts in September with the release of a fact pattern describing a fictional legal dispute between two countries, and culminates with the world championship White and Case International Rounds, where teams from all corners of the globe come together for a week of competition and cultural events.
Written by a committee of leading scholars, the Jessup Problem is designed to address important and timely issues in international law. The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in over 80 countries. The U.S. Regionals are branded as the most competitive qualifying competitions of any moot court contest. Each region has 22-24 schools competing, but only two will advance to the world championship.
Hosting the regional rounds of the competition is a natural fit for Denver Law which has been sending teams to compete in this prestigious event since 1965. On numerous occasions the Denver Law team has won regional competitions and placed high in the world. In 2008, the team placed second in the world for the Memorials (written briefs).
Participants say the Jessup International Law Moot is an experience they will never forget and that membership on the team prepares them for almost anything they might face in their future practice of international law.
**Special thanks to the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and Ellis, Wright & Ewegen for their financial support for the Rocky Mountain Regional Round of the Jessup International Law Moot.
Denver Post: Professor Nanda Guest Commentary: Treading carefully with Iran
February 10, 2012
Nanda Center report outlines human rights abuses against Bahraini civil society leaders
February 06, 2012
A report released today by The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law found that the government of Bahrain is continuing to prosecute civil society leaders in violation of international law and in violation of the recommendations of a government-appointed human rights commission. The report was released on the eve of the trial of Bahraini human rights attorney, Mohammed al-Tajer, who is one of the subjects of the report. See full press release and report here.
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Sturm Professor K.K. DuVivier Appointed to Energy Law Advisory Board
February 01, 2012
Professor K.K. DuVivier was appointed representative of the University of Denver Sturn College of Law’s Institute of Energy Law (IEL) Advisory Board. The Institute of Energy Law is a division of The Center for American and International Law in Plano Texas. Formerly named the International Oil and Gas Education Center, IEL has expanded its focus to include alternative energy as well.
Denver Post: Lawsuit over Rwandan Genocide Appealed in Federal Court in Denver
December 30, 2011
Denver Post: Professor Ved Nanda Reflects on The Arab Spring
December 26, 2011