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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:

Rwanda Twenty Years Ago kick-off event a huge success

October 16, 2013

image 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. imageNoteworthy 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. image 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,

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


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.

Read the Denver Post OpEd Here »

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.

Make a positive life choice today - follow us on Twitter

March 15, 2013

Need a little spice in your life? Want some international law on your Twitter timeline? Then follow us! The ILSP and the Ved Nanda Center tweet under the handle @DUIntLaw. We provide information on both law school affairs and international affairs.

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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.

Tuesday April 2nd – 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

Wednesday April 3rd – 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

Thursday April 4th – 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

Monday April 8th – 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

Thursday April 25th – 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.

A registration page will be up soon. Until then, for more information contact Victoria Kelley at or Karlyn K. Shorb at

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