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Op-Ed: Nanda on the world’s broken refugee system

October 03, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post ,PUBLISHED: September 29, 2016 at 10:54 am | UPDATED: September 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

Existing international and national laws are inadequate to deal with the current explosion in the numbers of refugees. Professor Nanda discusses how the existing structure must change and what more is needed.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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Must Read theGuardian Op-Ed—Syria and Intl Law

October 03, 2016

If international law is at the vanishing point of law,
then the law of war is, perhaps,
even more conspicuously,
at the vanishing point of international law. — Hersch Lauterbach, 1950’s UN intl lawer

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Huge Legal Win Over Intl Terrorism Claims

September 29, 2016

Yesterday, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) overrode the President’s veto and passed the

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S.2040)

This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

It amends the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism. Additionally, the bill authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over and impose liability on a person who commits, or aids, abets, or conspires to commit, an act of international terrorism against a U.S. national.

The text of the Bill may be read here.

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Event: An Overview of the Russian Legal System

September 14, 2016

DU Law’s International Legal Studies Program invites you to join them September 23 at noon in LAW 155 for an engaging and informative discussion on Russia’s legal system.

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Op-Ed: Nanda on Clinton and Trump Views on U.S. Intervention in the World

August 29, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , PUBLISHED: August 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 11:37 am.

With the U.S. Presidential election a little more than two months off, Professor Nanda discusses the professed stances of the two primary candidates on U.S. involvement in international affairs.

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UN—Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is held on August 23 each year to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement. (Source:

A message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in recognition of this day.

And a timely article from the publication Quartz from where the image above came — The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists.

Nanda Center Lecture: Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

August 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center and the Sturm College of Law welcome Dr. Mark Pomar, internationally-recognized authority in civil society, higher education, and the impact of rule-of-law in the Russian Federation. Dr. Pomar is the founding President (2008-present) of the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule-of-Law (USRF).

Dr. Pomar and the USRF established and provided millions of dollars in grants that supported US-Russia university partnerships, civil society programs, scholar and student exchanges, and non-governmental organizations. In October of 2015, the Putin government declared the USRF a subversive organization and its Russian offices closed. Dr. Pomar’s personal and professional experience is the foundation for this very timely and important civil, economic, and legal discussion.

Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

12 – 1 pm

Ricketson Law Building, LAW 165

Take a Stand—International Criminal Justice Day

July 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law joins the global legal community in observing * International Criminal Justice Day* on July 17, 2016. On this date in 1998 the Rome Statute was adopted, creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is the world’s only permanent international court for mass atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

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The American Bar Association’s Paulette Brown stated in a release posted July 14, 2016

“The ABA for decades has supported the ICC because a permanent international tribunal for the atrocity crimes must be an integral part of establishing the rule of law and protecting human rights worldwide. The ABA Center for Human Rights established its ICC Project to effectuate ABA policy by advancing international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through advocacy, education, and practical legal assistance. The Project also helped established the ABA Working Group on Crimes Against Humanity in order to forge and strengthen US and international law on this atrocity crime.

On this anniversary of the ICC, the ABA renews its call to the United States to accede to the Rome Statute treaty; to provide greater support to the prosecution of ICC cases; and to enact long-overdue federal crimes against humanity legislation. These steps are critical to maintaining America’s historical leadership in protecting human rights, securing international peace and security, and safeguarding its own people.”

Op-Ed - Denver Post - What Happens Now? China & the South China Sea Ruling.

July 14, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 07/14/2016.

July 11th, 2016, the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague handed down a landmark decision against China and its occupation and use of what it declares is its territory by right of their historic “nine dash line”. The Court disagreed. Professor Ved Nanda discusses the ramifications on and response from China.

More articles on the momentous decision may be found at the following:

New York Times article, Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected By Hague Tribunal

See also the New York Times Philippines v. China: Q & A on South China Sea Case

And a link to the Washington Post article, In Major Blow to Beijing, International Panel Rejects South China Sea Claims

Op-Ed - Denver Post - Major International Human Rights Law Ramification in Senegal’s Habre Decision

June 20, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 06/11/2016.

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