International Legal Studies News
Sturm College of Law’s Jessup Team Advances to International Rounds
March 06, 2014
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has proudly hosted one of the top International Law programs in the country for the past 45 years. And naturally, the students who participate in the program are the cornerstone of its success. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s international law programs are proud to announce that on April 6th our Jessup Moot Team will be advancing to the World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition for the 4th time in a decade. The Jessup Moot is the largest moot court competition in the world, drawing participation from law students at 140 U.S. law schools and from over 80 countries. This year’s team was led by coach and Denver Law alumna Megan Matthews (JD’11), team captain and participant William Kent (LLM/ JD’14), and team members Laurel Darby (JD’14), Kyle Montour (JD’15), Morgen Robinson (JD’14), and J. Matt Thornton (JD’15). Last year’s Jessup team also took home high honors at both the regional and World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. Congratulations AND GOOD LUCK to our exceptional students!
Renowned international law scholar chosen as Denver Law graduation speaker
March 03, 2014
Denver Law students have chosen Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law Professor and Former Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department, as their 2014 graduation speaker. Professor Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He has received 13 honorary degrees and more than 30 awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. Professor Koh will be addressing a group of Denver Law alumni and friends prior to graduation. Those interested in attending that event, scheduled for May 16th, should contact Karlyn Shorb at firstname.lastname@example.org or Antonio Mendez at email@example.com.
Sutton Writing Award Competition Winner Announced
February 26, 2014
The Ved Nanda Center is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Sutton Award Competition: Erin Schenk! The Sutton Writing Award Competition is a 30+ year old competition open to any current JD, LLM or graduate tax student of the Sturm College of Law. Applicants submit an essay on any area of international or comparative law, with the winner winning a $4000 stipend to travel to, and study at, The Hague Academy of International Law for a summer. Ms. Schenk wrote the winning paper, Betting on Bowlers: This isn’t just Cricket, which compared the gambling laws of the UK and India using the game of cricket as a lens. Congratulations Erin and thank you to all those who participated!
Colorado Public Radio reports on the Rwanda Twenty Years On Exhibit
February 18, 2014
Colorado Public Radio posted a story on the Rwanda Twenty Years On exhibit.
Jessup International Law Moot Competition 2014 Winners
February 17, 2014
This past weekend the International and Comparative Law Programs at Denver Law hosted one of the Super-Regional Competitions of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot—the world’s largest moot court competition. Our school welcomed 22 teams from Arizona, Nebraska, Utah, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Colorado. The team from the University of North Carolina was prevented from attending because of travel complications caused by the snowstorm.
A Sturm alum, Katie Ellis, was the regional administrator, and the event was ably and efficiently organized by Karlyn Shorb with the assistance of a large number of our students. One hundred judges, including many of our faculty colleagues and alumni, participated in the competition. The judges for the final round were Harry Arkin, Esq. and Professors Annecoos Wiersema and Ved Nanda, with Professor Nanda presiding. After six preliminary rounds, and quarter final, semi-final, and final rounds, Loyola University New Orleans took home the first place trophy and will be advancing, along with Arizona State University, to the World Rounds. Our own Denver Law Jessup team will compete in the Northwest Regional rounds of the Jessup Cup in Portland in two weeks.
Living with the Memory: Rwanda 20 Years On Moving Opening
February 03, 2014
On January 30th, students from the University of Denver’s undergraduate and graduate schools gathered in Sturm Hall to open the Anthropology Department’s exhibit supporting DU’s initiative to commemorate the genocide that occurred in Rwanda 20 years ago. The exhibit moved students to tears and helped them to realize the power of one person’s voice to help prevent such atrocities from happening again. The exhibit will be up until February 21st.
Professor Stephanie Farrior Awes Students
November 18, 2013
On November 14, 2013, Professor Farrior, from Vermont Law School, visited the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to share her observations from over 25 years of international human rights advocacy. This lecture filled the room with students and faculty as Professor Farrior told personal stories regarding her work in human rights. These stories, especially those with Amnesty International, inspired everyone in attendance.
46th Annual Sutton Colloquium - A Huge Success
November 13, 2013
Thank you to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, our esteemed speakers, volunteers, and our Cox Price Human Rights Award recipient, Peter Weiss for making the Sutton Colloquium such a huge success. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
To watch a video of this year’s colloquium, please visit: http://mediaserv.law.du.edu/flashvideo/specialevents/2013-sutton-colloquium/46th-annual-sutton-colloquium.htm
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.