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Denver Law to Host Regional Conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association

January 11, 2013

On March 1st and 2nd, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Denver Law will host the western regional conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). This year’s conference on “International Law and Human Security in the 21st Century” will begin on Saturday March 2nd.

“Human Security” is a concept which is increasingly impacting economic, social and political policies. Yet, as one legal scholar notes: [d]espite its relevance to central questions of international law, human security has until very recently received little attention from international lawyers.” This year’s ILW-West Conference addresses the critical question: “What does “Human Security” mean for international law as the 21st Century progresses”? During this year’s ILW-West Conference, distinguished international law scholars and practitioners will discuss the importance and the role of “Human Security” as it relates to international environmental law, trade, human rights and international criminal law.

Participants include: Professor Ruth Wedgwood of Johns Hopkins University, current ABILA president; Professor David Akerson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Ronald A. Brand of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Professor Richard J. Finkmoore of California Western School of Law; Dr. Anita Halvorssen, consultant and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Robert Lutz, Southwestern Law School; Professor James A.R. Nafziger of Willamette University School of Law; Professor Ved P. Nanda of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor John Noyes of California Western School of Law; and Professor Annecoos Wiersema of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

The ABILA is part of the global International Law Association (ILA)—the preeminent international non-governmental organization involved in developing and restating international law. Currently, for example, the ILA has consultative status with a number of United Nations specialized agencies as an international non-governmental organization and plays a unique role in drafting treaties, resolutions, and other international instruments.

Internationally, the ABILA chooses and nominates committee members for the ILA to help prepare draft treaties and studies in collaboration with lawyers from other global branches of the ILA. Nationally, ABILA forms its own committees which advocate for particular positions on international legal issues. Additionally, the ABILA performs a variety of educational and professional services through its U.S. national and regional International Law Weekends (ILW), which generally draw 1000 to 2000 participants each year.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website or contact Karlyn K. Shorb at kshorb@law.du.edu.


Denver Law to host Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of Jessup International Law Moot, Feb. 15-17, 2013

January 11, 2013

For its third consecutive year, the International Legal Studies Program at Denver Law is hosting the Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Now in its 54th year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

From February 15 thru 17, 2013, twenty one teams from around the country will travel to the Sturm College of Law to compete in a total of 51 regional rounds in the hopes that they will end up in the world finals in Washington, D.C. The topic this year involves global warming, environmental refugees, and international debt forgiveness issues.

We are still seeking individuals with expertise or interest in international law or appellate advocacy to judge rounds for the Moot. This is a great opportunity to meet pro bono service requirements, to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and to network with other legal professionals in your field of practice. For more information, or if you wish to judge in the competition, please fill out this online survey or contact Karlyn K. Shorb at kshorb@law.du.edu or 303-871-6655.


Student Wafa Ben Hassine presents at SHARE Beirut Conference

January 11, 2013

Studnet Wafa Ben Hassine presented her talk ““The Law: What’s Your First Reaction?,” at the SHARE Beirut conference on November 17, 2012. Click here for the video of her presentation.


Nanda Denver Post Op-Ed: When Corporations Abuse Human Rights

January 11, 2013

View Professor Nanda’s Op-Ed piece at: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_22140970/when-corporations-abuse-human-rights


Nanda quoted in India Post

January 11, 2013

Read Professor Nanda’s comments in India Post’s article “India, China moves influence world.” You can find the article here.


Korbel School hosted lecture on “Radical Readings of Islam.”

November 16, 2012

The Center for Middle East Studies hosted a lecture at the Korbel School of International Studies on November 15th. At the lecture Andras Riedlmayer, of Harvard University, presented “From the Balkans to Bamiyan & Timbuktu: Radical Readings of Islam and the Destruction of Heritage.” Mr. Riedlmayer directs the Documentation Center for Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, documenting the visual culture of all parts of the Islamic world, supporting instruction and research in these fields and providing reference services to local users and visiting scholars.


45th Annual Sutton Colloquium hosted by the Ved Nanda Center

November 11, 2012

On November 10th the Ved Nanda Center hosted the 45th Annual Sutton Colloquium at the Sturm College of Law. The Center hosted numerous local, national and international legal and environmental experts to discuss this year’s topic: Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century – Sustainability v. Sustainable Development. The experts shared their perspectives on how “best” to preserve our earth for future generations, and addressed numeorus topics including: the effectiveness of the rule of law and rule of law initiatives such as the World Justice Project; the contrasting proposed approaches to the global environmental crisis, focusing on the advantages and shortcomings of each paradigm; and the future direction of international environmental law as we approach the limits of growth.

The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law was named for a former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court who was a close friend and longtime supporter of the International Legal Studies Program. Held annually since 1967, the Colloquium unites students, faculty and members of Denver’s legal community. Well-known authorities and foreign dignitaries present lectures and panel discussions on current international issues.

You can find out more about the Sutton Colloquium here.


Fundraiser amasses over $5,000 for energy work in Namibia and the Navajo Nation

October 26, 2012

On October 16th, the International Law Society along with NRELS, LULS, FARM, and ENRLP hosted “DU Lights the Night,” a fundraiser benefitting Elephant Energy. Elephant Energy’s mission is “to improve the quality of life in developing communities by pioneering ventures that provide access to appropriate sustainable energy technologies.”

Over 50 people attended the fundraiser at DU. Together with a competing fundraiser at CU, the events raised $4,172 for work on the Navajo Nation and $1,286 to support our women entrepreneurs in Namibia, for a total of $5,458.00.


Korbel School hosted Creighton University’s Dr. Calvert to lecture on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

October 25, 2012

On October 24, the Center for Middle East Studies and the Korbel Faculty Lecture Series on Religion and Violence brought John Calvert, of Creighton University, to speak. Dr. Calvert delivered his lecture entitled “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Between Ideology and Political Pragmatism”.

Dr. Calvert studies social protest and political resistance movements in the modern Middle East. He is especially interested in the ways by which opposition groups and individuals employ symbols, doctrines and vocabularies derived from the Islamic heritage. His research focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood, with particular reference to Sayyid Qutb; jihadi organizations and ideologies; and the intersection between Islamism and nationalism.


Student Wafa Ben Hassine pens editorial on human rights abuses in Tunisia

October 22, 2012

Read her article on CNN here: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/04/opinion/ben-hassine-tunisia-human-rights/index.html?eref=edition

Wafa Ben Hassine is a writer and human rights advocate pursuing an international legal studies degree at the University of Denver. Wafa has previously worked as a parliamentary attaché in Tunis.


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