Ved Nanda Center for International Law News
Rwanda Twenty Years Ago Today: Fergal Gaynor’s Presentation Video
April 28, 2014
This presentation was the fifth event in a series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. The genocide began on April 6th, 1994, and 2014 marks 20 years since that tragedy. In the intervening 20 years, the United Nations tribunal indicted 90 planners and organizers of the genocide. Suffice it to say, a lot has been learned these past 20 years both in terms of international atrocity prosecutions and in terms of restorative justice. One lesson learned was that victims might be better served by having separate representation in the proceedings, apart from the Prosecution and Defense attorneys. The International Criminal Court is employing a model that does just that: victims are represented in the proceedings in by a victims’ representative. This presentation was by Fergal Gaynor, the victims’ representative in the Kenya election violence case at the ICC. Mr. Gaynor represents some 20,000 victims in the prosecution of the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr. Gaynor discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this model and how he expects to interact with the trial when it begins in the Autumn of 2014. Watch it here.
International Law Gala and Silent Auction a Huge Success
April 21, 2014
Thank you to all of those who made the International Law Gala and Silent Auction such a wonderful success. The silent auction and independent financial donations raised over $3,000.00 in scholarship funds for students participating in international externships. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Watch Hauwa Ibrahim Lecture LIVE on April 7th at noon—follow this link!
April 01, 2014
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Sturm College of Law’s Jessup Team Advances to International Rounds
March 06, 2014
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has proudly hosted one of the top International Law programs in the country for the past 45 years. And naturally, the students who participate in the program are the cornerstone of its success. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s international law programs are proud to announce that on April 6th our Jessup Moot Team will be advancing to the World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition for the 4th time in a decade. The Jessup Moot is the largest moot court competition in the world, drawing participation from law students at 140 U.S. law schools and from over 80 countries. This year’s team was led by coach and Denver Law alumna Megan Matthews (JD’11), team captain and participant William Kent (LLM/ JD’14), and team members Laurel Darby (JD’14), Kyle Montour (JD’15), Morgen Robinson (JD’14), and J. Matt Thornton (JD’15). Last year’s Jessup team also took home high honors at both the regional and World rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. Congratulations AND GOOD LUCK to our exceptional students!
Renowned international law scholar chosen as Denver Law graduation speaker
March 03, 2014
Denver Law students have chosen Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law Professor and Former Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department, as their 2014 graduation speaker. Professor Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He has received 13 honorary degrees and more than 30 awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. Professor Koh will be addressing a group of Denver Law alumni and friends prior to graduation. Those interested in attending that event, scheduled for May 16th, should contact Karlyn Shorb at firstname.lastname@example.org or Antonio Mendez at email@example.com.
Sutton Writing Award Competition Winner Announced
February 26, 2014
The Ved Nanda Center is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Sutton Award Competition: Erin Schenk! The Sutton Writing Award Competition is a 30+ year old competition open to any current JD, LLM or graduate tax student of the Sturm College of Law. Applicants submit an essay on any area of international or comparative law, with the winner winning a $4000 stipend to travel to, and study at, The Hague Academy of International Law for a summer. Ms. Schenk wrote the winning paper, Betting on Bowlers: This isn’t just Cricket, which compared the gambling laws of the UK and India using the game of cricket as a lens. Congratulations Erin and thank you to all those who participated!
Colorado Public Radio reports on the Rwanda Twenty Years On Exhibit
February 18, 2014
Colorado Public Radio posted a story on the Rwanda Twenty Years On exhibit.
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.