Ved Nanda Center for International Law News
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.
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.
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.