Events, Lectures, and Visiting Speakers

The Sturm College of Law and the International Law program begun by Professor Ved Nanda, have graduated leading global experts in the realm of International Law, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment to sharing their expertise and knowledge on a vast array of global topics.

We are honored to be able to share their expertise and insight with our students, faculty, law community, and community in general through Lectures and Visiting Speaker programs throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

Cox Price Human Rights Award and Lecture


September 27, 2017 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Reception to follow

Ricketson Law Building | 2255 E Evans Ave Denver CO 80210 | LAW 165


Todd Howland, JD’86, MA’87
Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Colombia

Todd Howland has over 25 years of professional experience in the field of human rights. He presently serves as Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia and has served as Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. He also held other human rights positions with the United Nations in Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Geneva and in New York. He has authored numerous scholarly articles on human rights in publications including the Human Rights Quarterly, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and the Virginia Journal of International Law. He has published extensively on human rights in newspapers and magazines including in the Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, the Toronto Globe and Mail and Revista Semana.

Howland was director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in Washington, DC. He has also worked at El Rescate, the European Commission and in Ethiopia for the Carter Center. Howland was a professor of human rights law at Hankuk University in Seoul, Korea. He holds a JD and MA from the University of Denver and was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Human Rights Program.

Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture

November 8, 2017 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Reception to follow

Ricketson Law Building | 2255 E Evans Ave Denver CO 80210 | LAW 165

Jordan Paust
Theresa & Mike Baker Professor of International Law, University of Houston Law Center

Professor Paust has also been a Visiting Edward Ball Eminent Scholar University Chair in International Law at Florida State University (spring, 1997), a Fulbright Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria (1978-1979), and a member of the faculty of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, International Law Division (1969-1973, mob. des. 1973-1975). He has served on several committees on international law, human rights, laws of war, terrorism, and the use of force in the American Society of International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of the American Society’s International Criminal Law Interest Group (1992-2008). He was also the Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools and was on the Executive Council and the President’s Committee of the American Society of International Law. He is one of the most widely cited law professors in the United States, is ranked among the top 1 percent in Leiter’s studies for 2000-2007, 2005-2009, and 2010-2014; and with respect to downloads of his articles from SSRN. Two of his articles were cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Among relevant books are: Paust, Van Dyke, Malone, International Law and Litigation in the U.S. (Thomson – West Group, American Casebook Series, 3 ed. 2009); Paust, International Law as Law of the United States (2 ed. 2003); Paust, Bassiouni, et al., International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (4 ed. 2013); Paust, Bassiouni, et al., Human Rights Module (3 ed. 2014). Professor Paust has published over 200 articles, book chapters, papers and essays in law journals in Belgium, Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the U.S.: at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Cornell, Texas, Duke, the American Journal of International Law, and elsewhere – many of which address treaties, customary international law, jurisdiction, human rights, international crimes, and the incorporation of international law into U.S. domestic law.

He received an A.B. and J.D. from UCLA, an LL.M. from the University of Virginia, and is a J.S.D. Candidate, Yale University (in residence, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1973-75)

Recent Events

Fall 2017 Programs

August 2017
22 Intl Law Society Hot Topic — North Korea: A Threat to Whom?

Winter/Spring 2017 Programs

February 2017
17 – 19 Rocky Mountain Regional Jessup Cup Competition
24 ABILA Western Region Conference – Livestream Available Now
25 50th Anniversary Celebration for Professor Ved Nanda
March 2017
2 U.S. – Russia: Comparative Legal Perspective Series — Cross-border Insolvency & Transnational Commercial Law – 9am, Law 370
April 2017
11 Genocide and Human Rights in South Sudan – For Information
17 Prospects for Climate Change Policy and Action in 2017 – program at the Korbel School
20 Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away From Violent Extremism – program at the Korbel School

For more information on the Nanda Center, contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Coordinator,