Sutton Colloquium

Speaker Profiles

51st Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law

Human Rights and Human Dignity in Uncertain Times

Saturday, November 10th  | 1 PM - 6:30 PM  |  Sturm College of Law

Timothy Kubik

Timothy Kubik is Chair and a founding member of the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action. This is a nationally recognized, multi-organization coalition whose mission is to raise awareness about genocide worldwide and to create grassroots support to stop its occurrence. He received his Bachelor’s in International Studies and Sovietology from Yale University and a PhD. in History and Political Theory from Johns Hopkins University.


Arthur Gilbert

Art Gilbert is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where he was hired by Josef Korbel in 1961 and has been teaching since. His scholarship and expertise are in the cultural and historical perspectives on international politics. He received his MA and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and has taught courses on American Diplomatic History, Crime and International Politics, Religion and International Politics, Sports and International Politics, “Rich States, Poor States”, “Dirty Politics”, and on the Outbreak of War and the Drug War. He has travelled extensively in Central American and the Middle East and led a hugely  popular winter break program in Costa Rica for students for over 19 years.

David Akerson

David Akerson is a law professional and trial attorney with a broad international law and  human rights portfolio ranging from human rights work in apartheid South Africa with the South African Lawyers for Human Rights, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). His expertise lies in the core of international crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity; practice and procedure of the international tribunals; complex international criminal litigation; and international tribunal law and policy. He has taught courses in international criminal law, international human rights, and international law on the use of force. He received his JD from Florida State University.

Aubrey Ardema

Aubrey Ardema is an experienced transactional and litigation attorney with emphasis on human rights cases. She worked in the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia where she was focused on war crimes and crimes against humanity. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Ved Nanda Center for Int’l & Comparative Law. She has a BA from the University of Oregon and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was a founding board member and Article Editor for the Santa Clara Journal of International Law.

Tom Farer

Tom Farer is University Professor at the University of Denver, and prior to that was Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies from 1996 to 2010. He has served as President of the University of New Mexico and was a two-term member and two-term President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. Within the U.S. Government he has served in the Departments of State and Defense, and within the United Nations he has served as legal advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UN Operations in Somalia II. He is coeditor of the journal Global Governance and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of International Law and Human Rights Quarterly.

Ved Nanda

Ved Nanda is University Professor at the University of Denver and Founder of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  From 1994 to 2008 he served as Vice Provost for Internationalization at the University.  In 2007 Professor Nanda was honored with a $1 million gift to the College of Law, and a matching amount from friends and former students, to found the Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, which began its programming in 2007.  Other students raised more than $1 million to establish the Ved Nanda Professorship at the College of Law.

He currently serves as Honorary President of the World Jurist Association, an elected member of the American Law Institute and as a council member-at-large for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice, and Honorary Vice-President of the International Law Association–American Branch. He was formerly the United States Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Geneva, Vice-Chair of its Executive Council, and on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

Tom Romero II

Tom Romero, Assistant Provost of Inclusive Excellence Research and Curriculum Initiatives, is an Associate Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law and Affiliated Faculty with the Department of History at the University of Denver. He teaches and researches in the areas of the legal, political, and social history of the American West, race and the law, school desegregation, property, land use, water law, and urban development and local government in the United States. His article, “The Color of Water: Observations of a Brown Buffalo on Water Law and Policy in Ten Stanzas,” Denver U. L. R., Vol. 15, No. 329, 2012, addresses the complex and sophisticated legal (and social) regimes that create unequal and inequitable distribution of water resources to political and cultural minorities across the world.

Govind Persad

Govind Persad, Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, is a leading scholar on the legal and ethical dimensions of health insurance,  health care financing (both domestic and international), and markets in health care services, as well as professional ethics and the regulation of medical research. Other areas of research include distributive justice, including the allocation of scarce medical interventions, and on the ethical issues posed by social and economic mobility. He is a graduate of Stanford University where he received his BS and BA, PhD, and JD with pro bono distinction. He was selected as a Health Law Scholar in 2017 and as a BioIP Scholar in 2018 by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Andrew Reid

Andy Reid is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a member of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law Advisory Board. He is a practicing international litigation and trial attorney for the rights of Indigenous Peoples under United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Recent work includes ­Petition for Interim and Permanent Measures Regarding Systemic Violations of the American Convention on Human Rights and Other International Covenants against Central American Migrants in Mexico v. United States of America and United Mexican States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Case No. P-652-16, filed April 16, 2016; Petition by Loni Edmonds and the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities v. Canada, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Case No.12.929, filed June 9, 2007, admitted January 24, 2014; In the Matter of CROW BUTTE RESOURCES, INC., an adjudicatory proceeding on behalf of the Oglala Sioux before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, May 2016; and as advisor to the tribes challenging the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to develop treaty, international law, and human rights arguments and claims.

Donald C. Smith

Don Smith is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and former Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law JD and Graduate Programs at Denver Law. He served on the Court of Justice of the European Union from 1992-2004 was formerly on the editorial advisory board for the Manual of European Environmental Policy, published by the Institute of European Environmental Policy in London. He is currently an Editor for the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, London, England. He received his BS from the University of Kansas, his JD from the Washburn University School of Law, and LLM in European Union Law from the University of Leicester, Leicester, England.

Jack Donnelly

Jack Donnelly is Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He received a BSFS and MA from Georgetown University and a PhD from the University of California Berkeley. His principal areas of research and authorship are in international relations theory, theory and practice of human rights (with a current emphasis on cross-cultural conception of human dignity across history.) His books on the subject include: The Concept of Human Rights, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice (2ed.) and International Human Rights (3ed.)

Upendra Acharya

Upendra Acharya is Professor of Law and Norman & Rita Roberts Scholar at Gonzaga University School of Law. He has represented landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal, including the Godabary Marble case that resulted in the passage of the first Environmental Protection Act in Nepal. He is currently a vice president of the Asian Society of International law and chair of its Human Rights Interest Group. He is a founding member of the Global Policy Forum for Nepal, headquartered in London. He has written extensively on human rights, human security, humanitarian law, international economic law, including terrorism, and US Foreign policy. He received his Master of Comparative Law from Delhi University Faculty of Law, India, an LLB from Tribhuvan University Faculty of Law, India, an LLM from the University of University of Utah School of Law and a Doctorate in Juridical Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

Claude d’Estrée

Claude d’Estreé is a Teaching Professor at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is Director of the Center on Rights Development, Executive Director of the Human Trafficking Center, Director of the International Human Rights Degree Program, and Co-Director of the Certificate Program on International Law and Human Rights. He received his BA from the University of Northern Colorado, MTS from the Divinity School at Harvard University, and JD from Northeastern University School of Law. His expertise is in forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery, international humanitarian law of armed conflict, torture, international law, international law and human rights, national and homeland security law, comparative religion and spirituality and Buddhist philosophy.

Amy Eckert

Amy Eckert is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her teaching, research and scholarship are in the areas of international relations and, more particularly, international ethics and international law. Her current research is regarding just war traditions and the norms and challenges arising from the new realities of privatized war and their effect on human rights and global justice. She received a BA, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Micheline Ishay

Micheline Ishay is a Professor of International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She received her MA and PhD from Rutgers University and has specialized her research and scholarship on the Middle East and written and presented extensively on the topic. She was a University of Denver Distinguished Scholar (2008), Executive Director of the Center on Rights Development (CORD) (1993-1999), and Visiting Professor at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010-2012 and Spring 2013). She has a book forthcoming from Yale University Press: The Levant Express: The Arab Uprising and the Future of Human Rights.

Daniel B. Magraw  

2018 Cox Price International Human Rights Award Laureate, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Dan Magraw is a Senior Fellow and Professorial Lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  He is President Emeritus and a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). He is an expert in international law, policy, and international organizations. Among his many recognitions, he has received the American Bar Associations Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy and the United Nations Association’s Louis B. Sohn Award for Human Rights.

Magraw is on the board of Lightbridge Corp. and past Director of International Environmental Law at Environmental Protection Agency, a Founding Member at The Berkeley Law Foundation and Chairman of International Law & Practice at the American Bar Association.

He received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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