Must Read theGuardian Op-Ed—Syria and Intl Law

October 03, 2016

If international law is at the vanishing point of law,
then the law of war is, perhaps,
even more conspicuously,
at the vanishing point of international law. — Hersch Lauterbach, 1950’s UN intl lawer

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Huge Legal Win Over Intl Terrorism Claims

September 29, 2016

Yesterday, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) overrode the President’s veto and passed the

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S.2040)

This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

It amends the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism. Additionally, the bill authorizes federal courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over and impose liability on a person who commits, or aids, abets, or conspires to commit, an act of international terrorism against a U.S. national.

The text of the Bill may be read here.

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Friday, October 14: “Mass Deporation & Global Campitalism.” You are invited.

September 28, 2016

The Crimmigration Law Lecture Series at the University of Denver is back. On Friday, October 14, three exceptional scholars will come to campus to discuss the political economy of crimmigration law and policy. Professors Tanya Golash-Boza (University of California, Merced Department of Sociology), Amada Armenta (University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology), and Anita Sinha (American University Washington College of Law) will lead robust discussions.

Professor Golash-Boza will speak at noon. Professors Armenta and Sinha will speak at 5:30. All events will occur in Anderson Academic Commons 290 and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend.

Event: An Overview of the Russian Legal System

September 14, 2016

DU Law’s International Legal Studies Program invites you to join them September 23 at noon in LAW 155 for an engaging and informative discussion on Russia’s legal system.

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KIPP Students Learn about Law School

September 08, 2016

Laura Lopez, 3L at Denver Law, and staff member Randy Wagner spoke with students at Denver Collegiate High School on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Laura and Randy discussed how to prepare for law school and answered questions from a dozen juniors and seniors. The meeting was organized by Lisa Gibbs, a KIPP Through College counselor. KIPP, a national organzation of 200 schools in 20 states serving 80,000 students, seeks to help “students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.”

Read more about Laura and Randy’s visit to DCHS here. KIPP students will visit DU’s Sturm College of Law on Friday, October 21.

Denver Law’s Pipeline Program conducts outreach to undergraduate institutions and high schools throughout Denver. To learn more, contact Randy Wagner.

Op-Ed: Nanda on Clinton and Trump Views on U.S. Intervention in the World

August 29, 2016

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post , PUBLISHED: August 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 11:37 am.

With the U.S. Presidential election a little more than two months off, Professor Nanda discusses the professed stances of the two primary candidates on U.S. involvement in international affairs.

Read the Denver Post Article online.

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Dean Bruce Smith: “The legal profession needs to be as inclusive as the population it serves.”

August 24, 2016

Denver Law’s new Dean Bruce Smith is recognized as a leading scholar of legal history. He drew on that perspective when, shortly after becoming Dean at DU’s Sturm College of Law, he spoke with Law Week Colorado about the unfinished work of increasing diversity in the legal profession. “In some ways, the field of law has been responsible for breaking down barriers to educational access,” he stated, “perhaps most notably in Brown v. Board (of Education), but the revolution, if we wish to call it that, is significantly incomplete.” Dean Smith called it “profoundly disappointing” that other professions—medicine, architecture, engineering and accounting—are more diverse than the field of law. “The legal profession needs to be as inclusive as the population it serves,” he stated. He identified accessibility as a primary key to diversity and a challenge that law schools must face.

In the same article the University of Colorado Law School’s new Dean James Anaya said, “We need an inclusive, empathetic and representative network of legal professionals to adequately serve all of society.”

For more comments from Dean Smith and Dean Anaya on this topic, see “New Law School Deans Aim for Diversity” in the August 8, 2016 issue of Law Week Colorado.

UN—Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is held on August 23 each year to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement. (Source:

A message from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in recognition of this day.

And a timely article from the publication Quartz from where the image above came — The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists.

Nanda Center Lecture: Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

August 18, 2016

The Ved Nanda Center and the Sturm College of Law welcome Dr. Mark Pomar, internationally-recognized authority in civil society, higher education, and the impact of rule-of-law in the Russian Federation. Dr. Pomar is the founding President (2008-present) of the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule-of-Law (USRF).

Dr. Pomar and the USRF established and provided millions of dollars in grants that supported US-Russia university partnerships, civil society programs, scholar and student exchanges, and non-governmental organizations. In October of 2015, the Putin government declared the USRF a subversive organization and its Russian offices closed. Dr. Pomar’s personal and professional experience is the foundation for this very timely and important civil, economic, and legal discussion.

Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

12 – 1 pm

Ricketson Law Building, LAW 165

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.”

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