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Alumna Sheila Slocum Hollis to become a fellow with The American College of Environmental Lawyers

August 22, 2012

Sheila Slocum Hollis JD’73 has been elected to become a fellow with The American College of Environmental Lawyers. Hollis is one of 26 attorneys nationwide that will be inducted into the college during its annual meeting in October. The chair of Duane Morris’ Washington, D.C., office, Hollis represents government bodies and the power and natural gas industries on domestic and international energy, water and environmental matters.

Nanda Denver Post Op-Ed: America Should sign on to Law of Sea Treaty

July 08, 2012

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International Journal for Court Administration Now Available Online!

June 11, 2012

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April 13 & 14 International Law Anniversary Weekend features an exciting selection of speakers

May 31, 2012

This past year, an exciting anniversary took place—The Denver Journal of International Law and Policy turned 40. One of the first of its kind, the Journal was forward-looking and unique and has continued through the years with a tradition of superior and innovative scholarship. (Indeed, most recently, Washington and Lee University School of Law ranked the Journal 32nd nationally for student edited international law journals, and 38th in the world overall for the subject matter of international law). To mark the occasion, and to celebrate this legacy of excellence, students and ILSP faculty and staff collaborated to host an International Law Anniversary Weekend (April 13-15, 2012) featuring an alumni awards dinner, an all-day academic symposium on Emerging Issues in International Law, and a champagne reception officially launching the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Journal—a Festschrift honoring the general founder of the Journal, Professor Ved P. Nanda.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the exciting symposium on Emerging Issues in International Law. Numerous prominent scholars and dignitaries addressed topics such as the future of international criminal prosecutions, prosecuting crimes against humanity in domestic courts, and corporate social responsibility, sustainability and human rights. Notable speakers included Professor David Aronofsky, General Counsel, University of Montana and Professor of International Law, University of Montana School of Law; Mr. Anthony Carroll, recently appointed Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Professor John P. Cerone, Director of the Center for International Law and Policy at New England Law; Ms. Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst of U.S. Policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive; Mr. Larry Johnson, former Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations and currently Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School; Professor Jennifer Moore of the University of New Mexico; Professor Ved P. Nanda, Professor John E. Noyes of California Western School of Law; Mr. Jose Antonio Pelaez Bardales, lead prosecutor in the ground-breaking prosecution of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, and current Attorney General of Peru; Mr. Robert Petit, former prosecutor with the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and current Counsel and Team Leader with the War Crimes Section of Canada’s Federal Department of Justice; Dr. Daniel Warner, founder of the Program for the Study of International Organizations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and current Assistant Director for International Affairs at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

For more information on the 40th anniversary book, Perspectives on International Law in an Era of Change, please contact Journal Editor in Chief, Brianna Evans at

Denver Post: Hitting “resset” with Russia’s Putin

April 03, 2012


Somali Piracy panel held at Denver Law

March 07, 2012
The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, in collaboration with NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy, hosted an evening panel discussing the legal and policy implications of maritime piracy in Somalia and across the world’s oceans. The panel, “Somali Piracy: Legal and Policy Challenges,” featured expert panelists Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy; Ms. Donna Hopkins, Coordinator, Counter Piracy and Maritime Security, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, U.S. State Department; Dr. Swadesh Rana of Oceans Beyond Piracy- India, Program Adviser and Focal Point for South Asia; and Commander Kimberlie Young, Legal Advisor to the NATO’s Allied Command Transformation.
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Denver Law students to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

March 01, 2012

Denver Law students will argue in a simulated international commercial arbitration hearing in four cities worldwide this March. The students will compete over the course of two weeks in either Europe or Asia. One team of students competes in the Shanghai Vis “Pre-Moot” event which then leads to the official Vis Moot (East) in Hong Kong. Another team of students will travel to the Belgrade Open “Pre-Moot” before traveling to Vienna for the main Vis Moot event. The students will compete in four preliminary rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. If they score high enough, they advance to head-to-head elimination rounds. The Vis Moot is considered the olympics of international trade law. It is one of the most prestigious student competitions in the world. Many conferences and events related to international trade law and dispute resolution take place during the event, and social networking is considered half of the Moot experience.

The Moot Shanghai takes place at the East China University of Political Science and Law from March 10 – 17, 2012.Various events take place in the area around the University, and some hearings are held at international law firms in Shanghai. The Hong Kong Moot takes place at City University of Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong from March 17 – 27, 2012. The Belgrade Open takes place at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law from March 23 – 25, 2012. The Vienna Moot primarily takes place at the University of Vienna law school from March 26 – April 7, 2012, with various events held around the city center. A number of hearings are held at the offices of international law firms in Vienna.

The 2011-2012 DU Vis Moot Team:

Asian Team: Maureen Weiland, Kaitlin Fox, Chris Rogers, Ken Hayes
Europe Team: Emily Bloedel, Stephanie Foote
Vis Team Coaches: Coren Hinkle, Matt Hofmeister, Kevin Walsh, Ted Gleason
Adjunct Professor/Head Coach: Todd A. Wells

Moot Shanghai
Willem C Vis (East) Moot (Hong Kong)
Belgrade Open

A look at International Commercial Arbitration Hearings

February 29, 2012

Estimates indicate that over 85% of all international deals require the resolution of disputes in arbitration. What does an arbitration hearing look like? Gain insight into the inner workings of the sometimes mysterious world of international arbitration. Join the World Trade Center Denver, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the United States Council for International Business Arbitration Committee ‘s Rocky Mountain Subcommittee (USCIB) and students from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for an evening showcasing an international commercial arbitration hearing. Students from the University of Denver Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team will argue in a simulated hearing before three arbitrators from the CIArb. After the simulated one hour hearing, the arbitrators will offer advocacy feedback to the students, and open the floor to questions from the audience. A few weeks later, the DU students will head off to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Belgrade, and Vienna to argue the same case at the olympics of international trade law, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. A case summary will be provided to registered participants prior to the hearing. Come look through a window on the workings of arbitration hearings, meet local international arbitration arbiters and practitioners, and help our local students on their way to representing Denver and Colorado overseas.

1625 Broadway, Suite 680 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Two Denver Law environmental experts to speak at conference in Norway

February 16, 2012

Two Denver Law environmental and natural resources law professors will be featured in the Rule of Law for Nature program, which is being organized by the Natural Resources Law Group at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from May 9-11, 2012. Professor Jan G. Laitos, John A. Carver Jr. Professor of Law, and Dr. Anita Halvorssen, Adjunct Professor of Law, will take part in the conference that marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration, the 30th anniversary of the UN World Charter for Nature and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 25th anniversary of the Brundtland Report, and the 20th anniversary of both the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, and the UNCED Conventions: the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Denver Law Hosts Rocky Mountain Regional Rounds of Jessup International Law Moot

February 12, 2012

Beginning February 9, 2012, and for the second year in a row, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosted the Rocky Mountain Super Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. 24 teams from the western and mid-western regions of the country arrived in Denver on February 9th to begin competing for a prized spot in the International Rounds which will take place this March, and which will bring in teams from around the globe.

The Jessup Competition is an advocacy contest in which teams of students write briefs and present oral arguments before a simulated International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The competition starts in September with the release of a fact pattern describing a fictional legal dispute between two countries, and culminates with the world championship White and Case International Rounds, where teams from all corners of the globe come together for a week of competition and cultural events.

Written by a committee of leading scholars, the Jessup Problem is designed to address important and timely issues in international law. The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in over 80 countries. The U.S. Regionals are branded as the most competitive qualifying competitions of any moot court contest. Each region has 22-24 schools competing, but only two will advance to the world championship.

Hosting the regional rounds of the competition is a natural fit for Denver Law which has been sending teams to compete in this prestigious event since 1965. On numerous occasions the Denver Law team has won regional competitions and placed high in the world. In 2008, the team placed second in the world for the Memorials (written briefs).

Participants say the Jessup International Law Moot is an experience they will never forget and that membership on the team prepares them for almost anything they might face in their future practice of international law.

**Special thanks to the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and Ellis, Wright & Ewegen for their financial support for the Rocky Mountain Regional Round of the Jessup International Law Moot.

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