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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

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!

Korbel School’s various upcoming events

February 25, 2013

The Korbel School for International Studies will be hosting numerous events in the coming month. See below for details:

February 26th
The Arab Spring: Where Do We Go from Here?” A Lecture by Vali Nasr: Please join the Center for Middle East Studies in welcoming Dr. Vali Nasr, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, for his noon lecture, “The Arab Spring: Where Do We Go From Here?” Dean Nasr will deliver his remarks at 12:00 PM in Sie 150, with a Q&A session to follow. This event is co-sponsored by The Religion & Violence Speaker’s Series. For more information, email

March 4th
Public Diplomacy Speaker Series, Ambassador Patricia Haslach: Join the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series in a round table discussion and lunch with Ambassador Haslach on Mon-day, March 4th at 12:30 p.m. in Sie 150. Ambassador Patricia M. Haslach currently serves as Principal Deputy As-sistant Secretary in the Department of State’s newest bureau, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). Please RSVP starting Friday, February 15th at

March 8th
Bonnie Glaser – Escalating Tensions in the East China Sea: Causes and Potential Solutions: Senior associate with CSIS Pacific Forum and US Government East Asian consultant Bonnie Glaser will discuss “Escalating Tensions in the East China Sea: Causes and Potential Solutions” on Friday, March 8 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Cyber Cafe of Cherrington Hall. It is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for this free event at or by sending an email to

Registration deadline for ILW West is fast approaching

February 22, 2013

The registration deadline for our ILW West conference is fast approaching! Registration will close Tuesday February 26th.

Our wonderful panelists will discuss “human security.” The UNDP foretold that this topic “is likely to revolutionize society in the 21st century.” So come join us as be ahead of the curve!

This program has been approved for 8 CLE credits, including 3 ethics credits. To register, please visit . Registration is FREE for students and faculty/staff.

Nanda Denver Post Op-Ed: Rape, murder in India a wake-up call to reform

February 08, 2013

Read Professor Nanda’s article here:

Recruiting Bailiffs for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

January 23, 2013

Calling all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year law students interested in international law, appellate advocacy, and international moot court!

The International Legal Studies program is seeking Volunteer Bailiffs for the Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition this February 15-17. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice.

This is a great opportunity to network with other legal professionals in the field of international law. Additionally, this is a great introduction for anyone interested in participating in future Jessup Moot Court Competitions. For more information about being a Bailiff, or to sign up, please contact Karlyn Shorb at or 303-871-6655. More information about Jessup and being a Bailiff can be found here:

Barry Hughes presents Global Trends 2030: A Report to the President and the World

January 23, 2013

Please join the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Dr. Barry Hughes, as he presents his contributions to the U.S. National Intelligence Council report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. Hughes plans to discuss the history and importance of reporting on major global trends. He will also share how the International Futures forecasting system can help us to better understand global change and assess the implications for citizens and policymakers in the United States.

This event takes place at noon on January 30th in Sie 150 of the Ben Cherrington Building.

Attend the Center for Middle East Studies Lecture “The Remaking of Asia” on January 24th

January 23, 2013

Come attend the Center for Middle East Studies lecture “The Remaking of Asia: What Does the Shift of Power from the West to the East Portend?” by Pankaj Mishra with a response from Haider Khan (Professor of Economics, Korbel) The lecture is this Thursday, January 24th at 12:00 PM in Sié 150 of Ben Cherrington Hall

At the end of 19th century, Asia was regarded as a collection of ruined countries by Western colonial powers. But a new era began in 1905 with Japan’s unexpected triumph in the Russo-Japanese War. Recently, the spotlight has been on Asia as China and India follow Japan as rising powers. These Asian countries are not necessarily aspiring to be the “next” United States. Rather, they are determined to make their mark in the global arena without succumbing to powerful Western influences. The assertiveness of Asian powers calls into question many previous assumptions, among them the notion that development and modernization equal Westernization. Pankaj Mishra will examine some of these shattered verities of Western power, and also analyze the diverse ways in which the rise of Asia might shape our common future.

Pankaj Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia, Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World, and the novel The Romantics. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View, a regular commentator on the BBC, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker and The Guardian, among other publications. He was named one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for China-United States Cooperation, the Asian Studies Program and the History Department.

Register now for the ILW West 2013 Conference “Int’l Law and Human Security in the 21st Century”

January 23, 2013

On March 2nd, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Denver Law will host the Western Regional Conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). This year’s conference is on International Law and Human Security in the 21st Century. Click here for registration! CLE credits are pending.

“Human Security” is a concept which is increasingly impacting economic, social and political policies. Yet, as one legal scholar notes: [d]espite its relevance to central questions of international law, human security has until very recently received little attention from international lawyers.” This year’s ILW-West Conference addresses the critical question: “What does “Human Security” mean for international law as the 21st Century progresses”? During this year’s ILW-West Conference, distinguished international law scholars and practitioners will discuss the importance and the role of “Human Security” as it relates to international environmental law, trade, human rights and international criminal law.

Participants include: Professor Ruth Wedgwood of Johns Hopkins University, current ABILA president; Professor David Akerson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Ronald A. Brand of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Professor Richard J. Finkmoore of California Western School of Law; Dr. Anita Halvorssen, consultant and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Robert Lutz, Southwestern Law School; Professor James A.R. Nafziger of Willamette University School of Law; Professor Ved P. Nanda of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor John Noyes of California Western School of Law; and Professor Annecoos Wiersema of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

The ABILA is part of the global International Law Association (ILA)—the preeminent international non-governmental organization involved in developing and restating international law. Currently, for example, the ILA has consultative status with a number of United Nations specialized agencies as an international non-governmental organization and plays a unique role in drafting treaties, resolutions, and other international instruments.

Internationally, the ABILA chooses and nominates committee members for the ILA to help prepare draft treaties and studies in collaboration with lawyers from other global branches of the ILA. Nationally, ABILA forms its own committees which advocate for particular positions on international legal issues. Additionally, the ABILA performs a variety of educational and professional services through its U.S. national and regional International Law Weekends (ILW), which generally draw 1000 to 2000 participants each year.

The conference will go until 4:00PM with a reception to follow.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website or contact Karlyn K. Shorb at

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