Ved Nanda Center for International Law News
Denver Post Article by Professor Nanda on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
October 13, 2014
The Denver Post.com – Opinion
Ved Nanda: India’s Modi is a Visionary
During his recent five-day, high-profile visit to the U.S., India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, had a distinct message for the various groups he addressed. These included the Indian diaspora, the international community, the U.S. administration, and top American CEOs.
I was among the more than 18,000 mostly Indian-Americans welcoming Modi at Madison Square Garden in New York, where he responded to chants of “Modi, Modi” by saying, “You have given me such a warm and loving welcome that I am deeply indebted to you. I want to repay the debt by promising you that you will be proud of the new India.”
More than 30 lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate were also in attendance. The crowd loudly cheered when Modi pledged to speed the visa process for visitors from the United States. The Indian American Community Foundation orchestrated the entire show.
As Modi addressed the U.N. General Assembly and the Council on Foreign Relations, his message was clear: India is able and willing to shoulder its duty to be a responsible member of the world community.
As Modi and President Obama met in the Oval Office, Obama said, “We have so much in common, it is critical for us to deepen and broaden the existing framework and partnership that already exists.” Modi reciprocated, saying he expected the economic partnership between the U.S. and India “to grow rapidly in the coming years.” The Obama administration cleared the way for India to purchase American technology for clean energy projects with $1 billion in financing from the Export-Import Bank of the Untied States.
At a dinner given by President Obama in Modi’s honor at the White House, Modi drank only warm water as he was fasting in observance of the annual nine-day Hindu religious festival, Navaratri. In a joint statement, the two governments pledged to expand cooperation in multiple fields, including defense. Defense cooperation relates to maritime security, naval technology, and military exercises. They acknowledged the “need to use the institutions and expertise of the Montreal Protocol to reduce consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons.”
They said they will work jointly on efforts to “boost manufacturing and expand affordable renewable energy, while sustainably securing the future of our common environment.”
Earlier, Obama and Modi jointly authored a commentary in The Washington Post, saying that “as global partners, we are committing to enhancing our homeland security by sharing intelligence, through counterterrorism and law-enforcement cooperation, while we jointly work to maintain freedom of navigation and lawful commerce across the seas.” This language unequivocally shows shared concern with Chinese sovereignty claims and naval exercises and activities in the South China Sea.
For American business, Modi’s message was that India welcomes foreign direct investment with its vision of a transformed, business-friendly country free of bureaucratic red tape. And for people back home in India, the media played Modi’s image as a rock star who has given India’s status a well-deserved boost. The signal was clear that India is assuming a leadership role in the international arena.
While this visit succeeded in its intention to mend the strained relations between the U.S. and India, differences remain that cannot be glossed over. On the economic front, intellectual property rights remain a vexing issue. So are India’s rules on civil nuclear liability. On global trade, India’s dissatisfaction with progress on food security measures scuttled the World Trade Organization’s proposed trade facilitation agreement. The agreement would have reformed cumbersome customs procedures.
On the political front, differences exist, as well. The U.S. and India do not see eye-to-eye on many critical matters, such as Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Working groups from both countries are meeting to bridge these differences.
The visionary but also pragmatic Modi has reopened the door for further meaningful cooperation between the oldest democracy and the largest democracy in the world.
The 2014 Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture: A Huge Success!
September 22, 2014
The Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture took place on September 18, 2014. The speaker was Dr. W. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.
Dr. Jackson was presented a certificate in recognition of the Gift of Life he has given to countless people around the world. Dr. Jackson’s lecture was inspirational as well as informative. He talked about his father’s journey of founding Project C.U.R.E. and how he himself joined Project C.U.R.E. and in 1997 became its President and CEO. Dr. Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of law. In 1992, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and econometrics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, authoring a dissertation on leveraged buyouts and secondary public offerings. Dr. Jackson is a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor societies.
The Nanda Center was honored to welcome Mr. Douglas Scrivner and Mrs. Mary Scrivner, who have sponsored this annual event.
UNA Denver Events
September 12, 2014
Peace Day Celebration
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 16th Street Mall – Downtown Denver
The International Day of Peace is a UN-declared day of cease-fire and non-violence to promote world peace. The year 2014 marks the 30thanniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. This proclamation was made with the intention of strengthening international peace and security for the full enjoyment of human rights for all. Thirty years later, there is still much work to be done in a world where political turmoil impacts people and their human rights every day in all corners of the world.
The United Nations Association of Denver is taking a stand to honor the Right of Peoples to Peace. Please join us on Saturday, September 20 for a Peace Day observance and celebration, with Jovial Concepts and other community organizations dedicated to peace. The event is free and open to the public and will feature educational activities, speakers, live music, and much more! Don’t miss UNA Denver’s presenter on stage at 4:55pm – Dr. Art Jones, Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Colorado Women’s College and founder of The Spirituals Project.
We need volunteers at our booth! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meghan Brenner at email@example.com. We will have two hour shifts available throughout the day and would love to see our members!
Model United Nations
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Boulder High School
Boulder High School will host a training session for new members to learn parliamentary procedure and for experienced members wishing to act as presiding officers at local Model UN meets.
The first official meet will be held at Kent Denver on October 11 at 8 am. If anyone in the UNA community is interested in serving as a judge at one or more of our meets this year, please email Celia Bard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNA Women Presents “Arise” Film Screening
Friday, Octover 24, 2014 (UN DAY) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Ballroom A, Tivoli Student Union – University of Colorado, Denver 900 Auraria Parkway
“Arise” – A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth. Panel presentation to follow screening with special guests from the film and UN Youth Ambassador, Jackson Dougan!
UNA Salon Series
UNA Denver presents a panel series on timely topics and world events with UN / World Issue experts to stimulate learning and participatory discussions.
Location: Tears-McFarlane House 1290 Williams St., Denver 80218.
Tickets: UNA members free / $5 for nonmembers.
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Occupation, Apartheid & the Right of Return in Israel & Palestine with guest panelist, Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Wednesday, November 5, 6:00-8:00pm
Guest panelist, Mark Goldberg, editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog, UN Dispatch.
Denver Law hosts a very special pre-trial conference
September 11, 2014
On Friday September 12, 2014, the Sturm College of Law will host prosecutors as they participate in a pre-trial conference before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) remotely from Denver via video conferencing. The STL judges will sit in The Netherlands, while accused will appear from Beirut, Lebanon. SCOL lecturer David Akerson is a former prosecutor at the Yugoslavia and Rwanda Tribunals and he currently serves as a Senior Legal Consultant to the STL. The hearing is at 7 am in room 437 of the law school and is open to the public. However, seating is very limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Lecturer Akerson offers classes at the SCOL which allows the students to work remotely at the international criminal tribunals and his courses have often led to internships for his students.
Sharia Law and Western Law: Legal and Business Implications
September 11, 2014
On September 10, 2014, the Ved P. Nanda Center and the International Law Society hosted an event discussing the role of Sharia Law and its relationship with Western Law. The speakers spoke of the cultural implications of Sharia Law as well as business implications with Western cultures. The event was attended by numerous students and faculty members the the University of Denver.
Professor Nanda in Sicily for ISIS Crisis Meeting
September 08, 2014
Professor Ved P. Nanda in Sicily last week at a meeting with other experts concerning the ISIS Crisis.
Professor Ved P. Nanda quoted on CBS Denver
September 02, 2014
Professor Ved P. Nanda was featured in a news story on CBS Denver about Al-Qaeda reportedly targeting the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. For more information, you can watch the video here.
Join us for the Certificate in Legal Research Rollout Event!
September 02, 2014
The Library’s Certificate Program in Legal Research Kicks Off with a Rollout Event tomorrow, Sept 3rd. Join us from noon-1pm in Rm 180 to hear a panel of attorneys, librarians, and students talk about the importance of knowing how to research effectively in the real world. It’s very important to develop these skills as early as possible so join us and learn more about our Certificate in Legal Research that will help you get a head start on your research skills.
We will have lunch for everyone in attendance and the panel will discuss research in practice and answer all your questions.
You can now register for the Certificate in Basic Legal Research classes. Instructions are available on the Enrollment for Day Students page. If you are an evening student, find out how to participate on the Program for Evening Students page.
“The Menace of the Islamic State (ISIL) To the Region and the Whole World.”
August 28, 2014
On August 27, 2014, fellow Internationalists, law students, and faculty members all joined the Ved Nanda Center and the International Law Society for a panel discuss on ISIS and the response to ISIS. The 3-panel lecture consisted of academics and scholars familiar with the Middle East and the potential risks ISIS may have to the world.
International Law and Libel Tourism- Professor Mark Wojcik
August 27, 2014
On August 26, 2014, Professor Mark Wojcik gave an exhilarating lunchtime lecture on International Law and Libel Tourism where a large number of faculty and students attended. The lecture was filled with great information, as well as followed by a short Q&A open to the public for remarks. Furthermore, the lecture was followed by an evening reception at the Sturm College of Law for Professor Mark Wojcik and all attendees.