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2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow Makes His Mark

November 24, 2015

Established in 1998, the Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellows Program has provided the opportunity for one graduate law student from Moscow State University (MSU) to attend law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for one full semester in order to study the US legal system. This year’s scholar, Damir Salikhov, has gone one step further than just learning from us. He decided that there needed to be a dialogue between the universities, to share perspectives and look at the law on various issues from both viewpoints.

Visiting fellow, Damir Salikhov approached the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a proposal to host a live video conference call with peers from MSU. He arranged for the same on the Moscow State side and collaborated with them to find experts and students to participate. The first conference was co-sponsored with the DU Korbel Center for Rights Development, the Sturm College of Law, the Ved Nanda Center, and the DU Intl Law Society on the subject of The Right to Privacy in Modern Societies—Comparative Perspectives.

This conference featured two faculty experts from each university and two student presenters followed by Q&A. You can view a LIVESTREAM of the event here. It was a first for both the University of Moscow and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law/Ved Nanda Center.

The second conference arranged by Mr. Salikhov, MSU, and DU/Ved Nanda Center took on the subject of US & Russia — Perspectives in Individual Bankruptcy and International Law. Moderated on the DU side by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and Nanda Center Advisory Board Member, the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, more than 12 banking/bankruptcy experts participated from Moscow. Participants were from not only academia, but represented the World Bank, the Arbitrage Court of Moscow, and Sberbank of Russia. The inclement weather in Colorado made for a sparse crowd on the DU side but the conversations and discussion belied the lack. The LIVESTREAM of the conference is available now.

For both conferences, more than 40 people attended on the MSU side. The opportunity for open, candid dialogue with DU Sturm College of Law has taken hold at MSU — Mr. Salikhov has been approached by several other practice areas of law at MSU to have more events with SCOL. The Nanda Center, along with the DU Intl Law Society, will be collaborating with Mr. Salikhov to bring more of these to fruition in the New Year on subjects such as Criminal Law, Election Law, and more.

With the inaugural events now in the past, DU and MSU have created a repeatable model that we will continue to use and tweak as we share and compare perspectives on international law and its practice in the US and in Russia.

For information and/or questions, contact Anne Aguirre, coordinator, the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law,

Mr. Salikhov, the 2015 Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellow, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Moscow Lomonosov and returns to his studies in Moscow for 2016.

Audio and Visual from the 2015 Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium

November 09, 2015

Video and audio of the 2015 Sutton Colloquium is now available!

Nokero Lights Up Zimbabwe

October 28, 2015

IN THE NEWS — Steve Katsaros, Founder of Nokero, was a panelist at our recent Sutton Colloquium on Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy.

“Solar Lights: Nokero Introduces New Solar Light Bulb In Zimbabwe”, an article in Green Building Elements, , features Steve’s dedication and commitment to creating and providing accessible, renewable, and affordable lighting to the world.

Nokero is a Denver-based company providing alternative renewable energy resources to the world. .

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Sutton Colloquium Presentations and Supporting Materials Available Now

October 23, 2015

Presentations & Supporting Materials from the 2015 Sutton Colloquium is now available.!

2015 Leonard v.B.Sutton Colloquium

September 29, 2015


The 48th Annual Sutton Colloquium takes on the serious issues challenging the international community in their efforts to achieve Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy goals. These goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet, enable access to sustainable energy for the common good. Leading academics and experts will engage in discussion around these challenges to global governance and the opportunities available to move ahead.

The Myles S. McDougal Lecture will be presented by Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy, Nicholas Doman Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Boulder. His topic, Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage, will look at existing principles of justice over the ages and argue that they should be applied in the solution of providing sustainable, renewable energy to the poor of the world.

NEW!! Presentations and Supporting Materials

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 10th, 2015, from 8:30am – 5:30pm at the Sturm College of Law. CLE credits are available.

DU Law’s Jessup Team Performed Exceptionally at International Rounds in D.C.

April 27, 2015


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team has just returned from the International Rounds of the competition in Washington, D.C., where 127 finalist teams competed for the Jessup Cup. Now in its 56th year, the Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 600 law schools from over 80 countries. The competition is a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. This year’s issues dealt with legal questions mirroring those arising from the Crimean secession, as well as treaty interpretation. The team members are: J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Alex Jennings (3L), Maral Shoaei (2L), and Philip Nickerson (2L).


The DU Jessup Team performed extremely well, advancing out of the preliminary rounds for the first time in six years. Only the top 32 seated teams advanced and of those 32, the team was ranked in 8th place overall and was undefeated in the preliminary rounds. Only 5 United States teams advanced out of the preliminary rounds this year. Alex Jennings placed as the 28th best oralist and Philip Nickerson placed 86th, out of over 500 oralists. At the Go Nationals Dress Ball (a costume party where teams dress in something related to their home country), the team members went as miners and were the hit of the party. The team is coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), with valuable assistance from Coach Emeritus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11).


Denver Law’s Jessup Team Advances to the International Rounds in D.C.

March 02, 2015

On the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 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 56th 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 J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Alex Jennings (3L), Maral Shoaei (2L) and Philip Nickerson (2L) placed second overall in the Pacific Regional Competition, thus earning the opportunity to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which take place in Washington, D.C. in April. Denver Law’s team will compete against over 100 teams from 80+ countries for the Jessup Cup.

A special item of note from this year’s regional competition is that the Denver Law team was undefeated in the preliminary rounds, winning every judge in every oral argument. The team advanced to, and won, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, defeating the Pacific Regional champions for the past five years, the University of California Hastings College of Law, in the semifinals. Twenty teams competed in the Pacific Regional competition. The team competed against seven teams and lost only in the final round against the University of Hawaii. Captain J. Matt Thornton received the award for 7th Best Oralist overall and the team’s written brief was awarded 6th place. The team was coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), a former member of the Denver Law Jessup team. They also received valuable assistance from Coach Emeritus and Denver Law alumnus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11). Congratulations to the Jessup team on a job well done!


Pictured from left: J. Matt Thornton (Captain, 3L), Maral Shoaei (2L), Coach Megan Matthews, Alex Jennings (3L) and Philip Nickerson (2L)

Spring Registration Open for Legal Research Certificate

January 13, 2015

Registration for the Certificate in Advance Legal Research classes is now open! The Certificate offers over twenty classes on various research topics. Instructions for day students are available on the Enrollment for Day Students page. Instructions for Evening Students are available Enrollment for Evening Students page. If you would like more information on the program or need help registering, contact Peter Kersten at

Tanzanian Ambassador Liberata Mulamula: “Africa is not Hopeless”

November 20, 2014

Yesterday, the Tanzanian Ambassador to the United States, Liberata Mulamula spoke about Conflict Resolution in Africa: Hurdles and Hardships. She talked about the role of women at the negotiating table, the perception of Africa in the rest of the world, and past peace negotiations during and after the genocide in Rwanda. The takeaway from her talk was that there is hope for Africa. A large number of students and a few professors enthusiastically participated in the question and answer session.


DU’s SCOL Honored to Welcome IACHR Comm. Rosa Ortiz

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday evening, the Sturm College of Law welcomed the IACHR Commissioner Rosa Ortiz, who is also the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child. She presented a lecture on “Juvenile Justice in the Americas” and also mentioned her visits to juvenile detention centers in Denver. After her lecture, Richard, a man who was imprisoned when he was 17 years old, told his story of imprisonment in an adult detention facility. Kim Dvorchak from the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition told the audience of the changes in laws in Colorado.


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