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Nanda Op-Ed: Trump International Trade Policy Incoherent

April 10, 2017

In his most recent Op-ed for the Denver Post, Professor Ved Nanda compares Trump’s international trade rhethoric versus his actions.

Op-Ed: Nanda on Trump Presidency and US-India Relations

February 28, 2017

Professor Ved Nanda recently returned from lecturing at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi and brings with him a view into the concerns of a troubled ally.

This past weekend’s Denver Post Op-Ed: What Donald Trump’s presidency means for India

Free Discussion: Responding to the Executive Order Muslim State Ban

January 31, 2017

From the DU Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies


On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States, even if they hold a second citizenship in any third country. He announced that more countries may be added to the list. The executive order also suspends US refugee arrivals for at least four months, bans Syrian refugees, and will likely prioritize Christian refugees if and when the suspension is listed. Finally, the executive order calls for new, “extreme vetting” of immigrants. What does this mean for members of the DU community? What can students, staff, and faculty do to respond to this new situation?

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring an event for the DU community in response to this executive order tomorrow:

Responding to the Refugee & Muslim-Majority Country Ban

Tuesday, January 31

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Driscoll Ballroom

Driscoll Student Center (North) | 2nd Floor

Faculty and staff will offer brief comments to provide information, explain resources, and frame the discussion, then the floor will be opened for discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Brower, Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
  • Seth Masket, Chair of the Political Science Department
  • Paul Chan, Office of the General Counsel
  • Laura Maresca, Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean of International Student Admission
  • Lynne Warner, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Co-sponsored by: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Center for Middle East Studies, Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Office of Internationalization, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Judaic Studies, the Office of Human Resources, the Constitutional Campus Working Group (Sturm College of Law), the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, the Latin America Center (Korbel), the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the International Student Admission Office.

This will be the first in a series of events hosted by the University of Denver aimed at providing a greater understanding of these events as they arise.

For more information contact Tiffany Wilk,

Additional DU Resources For DU students, faculty, & staff

Op-Ed: Trump Effect on US Leadership Role in World

January 30, 2017

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post, PUBLISHED: January 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Is Trump’s “America First” strategy, recently illustrated by pulling the U.S. out of international agreements, creating international leadership holes other countries like China will step in to fill?

Read the Denver Post Article online.

Feb 25 Celebration Wiill Honor Ved Nanda’s 50 Years at DU

January 20, 2017

The University of Denver and the Nanda Center honor Professor Ved Nanda’s 50 years at DU.

February 25, 2017

Reservations required.

For More Information and to RSVP

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OpEd: Nanda on Trump, Climate, and the US

December 14, 2016

The Paris climate accord entered into force on Nov. 4 after more than 55 countries, representing 55 percent of global emissions, ratified it. The first legally binding deal sets out an action plan to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Professor Ved Nanda reasons Trump must get on board with the rest of the world.

PDF will open in a new window.”>Ved Nanda: Trump, the U.S. and the Paris Climate Accord.pdf

Contact us : Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Coordinator | | +1 303.871.6279

Refugee, Migration, and Crimmigration Headlines

October 31, 2016

On November 11th, 2016, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will host an event on the Crisis of Refugees, Migration and CrImmigration, and the Failure of International Law. Whether in our backyard or internationally, when it comes to these issues, the headlines stream relentlessly.

October 26th, three stories were published on the lines of each of these topics — and that was just in the morning.

  1. Crisis of Refugees and MigrationNational Geographic ‘Afghan Girl’ arrested in Pakistan living under false papers
  2. Crisis of Refugees and MigrationCalais: fears grow for dozens of children amid chaotic camp shutdown
  3. Crimmigration at the Local LevelSheriff Joe Arpaio charged with contempt of court after profiling case

Join the Discussion — For More Information and to Register for the Refugee/Migration Crisis and Failure of International Law conference

Questions: please contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Coordinator,

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.

S.2040 Justice Against Terrorism Act »

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