The 40-year legacy of the International Legal Studies Program had already created one of the strongest international law programs in the world when with their gift to the College of Law in 2006, former Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Douglas Scrivner (JD ’77), and his wife, Mary, established the Nanda Center in honor of their friend and mentor, Ved Nanda. The Scrivners expressed their desire to “create a lasting, institution-wide tribute to Ved Nanda . . . and to do so in a manner that captures Ved’s contributions to scholarship, teaching, writing and cooperative relationships.” Mrs. Connie Cox Price, JD’78, and the Estate of the Justice Leonard v.B. Sutton, represented by the late Earl A. Hauck (JD ’67), led those making extremely generous matching gifts.

The mission of the Ved Nanda Center for International Law is to inspire excellence in international law teaching, scholarship, and practice among faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; to encourage stimulation, promotion and dissemination of quality writing and research materials in the field of international legal and comparative law studies; to promote the importance of international law in public and private international affairs; and to provide a vehicle for communication and interaction among the greater Sturm College of Law community, especially among students and alumni.

The Center presents a number of annual programs, including the Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium, the Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law, the Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture, and the Cox Price Human Rights Award & Lecture. Other Center programs include: hosting visiting scholars, dignitaries and practitioners in residence; scholarship support for students; and stipends or fellowships for students working in areas of concern to the Center.