Take a Stand—International Criminal Justice Day

July 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law joins the global legal community in observing * International Criminal Justice Day* on July 17, 2016. On this date in 1998 the Rome Statute was adopted, creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is the world’s only permanent international court for mass atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

*#JusticeMatters #17July

The American Bar Association’s Paulette Brown stated in a release posted July 14, 2016

“The ABA for decades has supported the ICC because a permanent international tribunal for the atrocity crimes must be an integral part of establishing the rule of law and protecting human rights worldwide. The ABA Center for Human Rights established its ICC Project to effectuate ABA policy by advancing international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through advocacy, education, and practical legal assistance. The Project also helped established the ABA Working Group on Crimes Against Humanity in order to forge and strengthen US and international law on this atrocity crime.

On this anniversary of the ICC, the ABA renews its call to the United States to accede to the Rome Statute treaty; to provide greater support to the prosecution of ICC cases; and to enact long-overdue federal crimes against humanity legislation. These steps are critical to maintaining America’s historical leadership in protecting human rights, securing international peace and security, and safeguarding its own people.”


Op-Ed - Denver Post - What Happens Now? China & the South China Sea Ruling.

July 14, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 07/14/2016.

July 11th, 2016, the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague handed down a landmark decision against China and its occupation and use of what it declares is its territory by right of their historic “nine dash line”. The Court disagreed. Professor Ved Nanda discusses the ramifications on and response from China.

More articles on the momentous decision may be found at the following:

New York Times article, Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected By Hague Tribunal

See also the New York Times Philippines v. China: Q & A on South China Sea Case

And a link to the Washington Post article, In Major Blow to Beijing, International Panel Rejects South China Sea Claims


Celebrating Future Lawyers: Notes on the Prelaw Vanguard at Denver Law

July 11, 2016

We call them the Denver Law Prelaw Vanguard—four DU undergrads who held work study and staff positions at our law school during the past several years. This fall three of them will be 1Ls at three different law schools, and the fourth is seriously considering pursuing a legal education. This is the story of four talented students, well-liked and highly appreciated at the law school, who are now embarking on their own exciting paths.

Vianes Rodriguez began working in the Denver Law Faculty Support office in 2012. At DU, he majored in political science, graduating in June of this year. Vianes is already a law student, enrolled as a summer start student at Denver Law. From his 1L position, Vianes reports that “law school has already demonstrated there are no ‘easy’ answers in the law, but I look forward to learning how the law engages with society’s most difficulty issues in a fair and just manner.”

Harper Hill was a work-study student doing research for Denver Law Professor Tom Romero in 2013-14. She graduated from DU in 2014 with a major in criminology, and she’s spent the past two years working with DU campus safety. This August Harper begins studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. “I’m excited to go to law school to be an advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard in the legal system,” says Harper. “I always wanted to do family law, but I’m keeping my mind open to the avenues the University of Cincinnati will take me.”

Micah Desaire joined Faculty Support in 2014. A major in political science, Micah graduated DU in June of 2014. At the end of the summer, he will move to New York City to study at NYU Law, where he is a recipient of the full-tuition scholarship AnBryce Scholarship. “Attending law school,” Micah says, “will allow me to develop as a leader and take the next steps in my professional career and community work.”

Ariel Cheng started working in Faculty Support in 2012. After graduating DU with an international studies major this past June, she will spend the next year working in the same office. Recognized as a campus leader at DU, where in 2015 she received the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, she is considering law school as one option for the days ahead. Ariel says, “I continue to remind myself that life is not a straight line, nor a checklist of things that must be completed in a certain order. As long as I have conviction in my objectives and I put my heart into my purpose, there will always be a way to reach whatever I am striving for.”

We at Denver Law are proud of these four stellar students. We wish them the very best, and we will support them on their paths forward. They will be great lawyers!


Metro State University of Denver is a “Diversity Champion”

July 01, 2016

In its July/August 2016 issue, INSIGHT Into Diversity congratulates Metropolitan State University of Denver for being a Diversity Champion. “Diversity Champions,” reads the announcement, “exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.” (see page 17)

We salute Metro State University for this well-deserved accolade!

In its 50th year, Metro State University boasts an enrollment approaching 7,500. Around one-third of the student body are first-generation college students and 37.1 percent are students of color.

Denver Law is proud to count Metro State as our pipeline partner. Twenty-nine Metro State students attended the recent 2016 Denver Law Pipeline Conference, held Friday, April 1 at the law school. The Pipeline Conference featured, in the morning, a lengthy discussion and deep critique of “post-racial” America, as reflected and expressed in Supreme Court decisions and in campus activism seen on American college campuses. The afternoon was devoted to the law school experience, from admissions to the classroom, from the perspective of diverse students.

We thank the Metro State University of Denver students who spent a day at Denver Law learning about the law and law school. And we thank the Metro State professors and administrators who helped get out the word about the Pipeline Conference on their campus.


Opportunity at Denver Law: Forge Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law

June 27, 2016

The search has begun at Denver Law for a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law (VAP) & Forge Fellow. The position is designed for experienced lawyers who are interested in exploring a career in law school clinical teaching.

The VAP and Forge Fellow will teach in Denver Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, a transactional clinic providing community development and business law services to nonprofit corporations, community organizations, social enterprises and small business owners. The Forge Project, part of DU’s cross-disciplinary and innovative Project X-ITE, will enlist a team of law, business and engineering students to provide services to Denver’s small business community. The VAP and Forge Fellow will participate in course design and supervise law students engaged in the Forge Project.

This is a one-year position with possibility for a second year renewal. The job begins August 1, 2016. See job description and application information here.


Op-Ed - Denver Post - Major International Human Rights Law Ramification in Senegal’s Habre Decision

June 20, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 06/11/2016.


And the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay winner is . . .

June 16, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center continues its mission of scholarship and the promotion and dissemination of quality writing in the field of international legal and comparative law studies with the presentation of the 2016 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay Competition award to Jeremy S Goldstein, JD’16 for his outstanding essay on “Bringing BITs Back from the Brink of Bad – A compilation of methodology for reserving policy space in investment agreements to meet international human rights obligations pursuant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Article 9.”

Mr. Goldstein is a 3L student, studying International law, with a focus on sustainable development. When school is not in session, Mr. Goldstein spends his time travelling and learning, principally in Asia and the Middle-East. As a student of the world interested in human rights, Mr. Goldstein is concerned with the role that governments and international institutions play in improving quality of life for those in the developing world, the rights of women and children, and the ability of all to enjoy fair and equal rights under the law.

Mr. Goldstein has been an active member of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy as its Online Editor-In-Chief, is a member of the International Law Society and the Jewish Law Students Association.

The Nanda Center was honored to present Mr. Goldstein with the Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay award. Leonard v.B. Sutton (1914-2002), former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Denver Law School alumnus, and a man deeply devoted to the international rule of law, endowed an annual award to encourage and reward DU Law students for scholarly research in international law.

The award is given for the best essay submitted by a Sturm College of Law student and provides a cash prize study in the Summer Program of The Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands .

2017 Leonard v.B. Sutton International Law Essay competition will be open to any currently enrolled student following the submission guidelines on the Nanda Center website. The deadline for submissions will be announced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 semester.

Any questions please contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center coordinator, aaguirre@law.du.edu .


Ariel Cheng, Campus Leader and Future Lawyer

June 08, 2016

Ariel Cheng began a work-study position in Denver Law’s Faculty Support Services office in 2012, continuing in that role until she graduated from DU in June, 2016. Ariel plans to enter law school in the Fall of 2017. While a DU student, she helped organize The MIND Club, devoted to de-stigmatizing and raising campus awareness of mental illness issues. For this work, Ariel was the 2015 recipient of the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship.

Later this summer, Ariel will return to Denver Law as a regular employee to fill the year before she enters law school. “Ariel was a stellar student worker, and we are excited to bring her onto our staff in a new capacity,” says Claire Carroll, Faculty Support Manager at the law school. “She is incredibly positive and finds ways to showcase her creativity in the workplace.”

Denver Law salutes Ariel Cheng, campus leader and future lawyer. Read more about Ariel and her accomplishments here.


OpEd - Denver Post: Giant Steps Toward Energy Justice

May 14, 2016

OpEd – Denver Post: Giant Steps Toward Energy Justice

May 14, 2016
Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , Posted: 05/14/2016 05:00:00 PM MST


DU Law’s Center for Advocacy Ranks in the Top 6!

April 26, 2016

Best Grad Schools US News

Congratulations to our Center for Advocacy for earning a Top 6 national ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Our CFA prides itself on the quality of our faculty, adjunct faculty, coaches, and most of all, our students. Through our courses, programming, and competitions, we continue to strive to prepare our students for a successful career in “The Profession That Takes The Oath”.


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