The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law

Shaping International Law

During this time of uncertainty and COVID-19, The Nanda Center has moved programming online. We wish peace and good health to everyone.

2020-21 LEONARD V.B. SUTTON COLLOQUIUM | OCTOBER 16, 2020 | 1 PM - 5:30 PM


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This three-panel webinar will review the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and discuss the progress made and challenges encountered over the last 25 years. The adopting countries “agreed that women’s rights are human rights; that the eradication of poverty require women’s involvement in economic and social development; that there must be equal opportunities for women and men in sustainable development; and that peace is inextricably linked to the advancement of women. Twenty-five years after its adoption, the Platform for Action remains the most complete framework for gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and the realization of their human rights.” ( The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015, specifically Goal 5 – Gender Equality- prioritize gender equality as a fundamental goal and give additional support to achieve the Declaration’s goals.

The sessions are loosely titled: The Economic Realm, The Political Realm, and Sustainable Development Goal #5. The full agenda and speaker biographies are available below.

Program Schedule Download Sutton_20-21_Agenda.1.pdf

Speaker Biographies Download Sutton Speaker Bios.pdf

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2021 Cox Price Lecture

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Vehicle of Reform in the United States

S. James Anaya, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, University of Colorado School of Law
September 25, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Approved for 1 General CLE credit (free)

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, after more than two decades of discussions in which indigenous peoples themselves played a leading role. The declaration affirms that “indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals,” and that “indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination.” On that basis the declaration affirms a series of related rights and state obligations to secure the survival of indigenous peoples on their own terms. But what specifically are the implications of this United Nations declaration for indigenous peoples in the United States?

In his lecture Dean S. James Anaya will explain the legal status of the declaration, the United States’ official posture toward it, and its potential relation to decision making by political and judicial actors in the country. He will argue that the declaration signals international legal and policy prescriptions that should influence decision making by the federal courts and the political branches of government on matters concerning indigenous or Indian nations. In this way, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be a vehicle for significant, needed reform of United States law and policy on the rights and status of the country’s first peoples.

Dean Anaya's short bio


The Nanda Center launched its Corporate Counsel Forum program -- an on-going series on transnational issues presented by practitioners and experts in their fields.


Wednesdays, May 20, 27, and June 3, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Part I: Introduction to the issues and their effect;

Part II: What legal regimes are in place and available to practitioners; and

Part III: How to create a robust, enforceable compliance program.


Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

CLE: 6 credits, including 4.5 Ethics, $75 per registrant for the three sessions

  1. Corruption, Undue Influence, and Transnational Business | Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

James E. Nelson, PE, JD, ret., FCIArb, past International Counsel, Global Vice President, and General Counsel, Gates Corporation
Ian B. Bird, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Norican Global A/S, Sturm College of Law JD ‘77
Howard Schirmer, MSC, P.E., President and Owner, Transnational Associates, Inc., Past President and Managing Director, CH2M Hill International

Analysis of issues and detection of problems: outright bribery; operational issues; and corruption of dispute resolution

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  1. Corruption and Enforcement in Transnational Business | Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lucinda Low, Esq., Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC
Gilbert Porter, Esq. Partner, Haynes and Boone, New York, New York, Sturm College of Law JD '77
Ved Nanda, Distinguished University Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Current state of the law and enforcement actions (US, UK, OECD and others)

Download FCPA DU Webcast slides 5.27.20.pdf

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  1. Global Trade, Anti-Corruption, and Compliance | Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Stephen Gottesfeld, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer, Newmont Goldcorp, Sturm College of Law JD ‘93
Douglas G. Scrivner, former General Counsel Accenture, member and former Chair, University of Denver Board of Trustees, Sturm College of Law JD ’77
Scott Sullivan, Chief Integrity & Compliance Officer, Newmont Goldcorp

Download DU Global_Trade_Anti-Corruption_and_Compliance_slides.pdfWelcome to the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law

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The dynamics of sanctions, export, anti-boycott, and anti-bribery regulations in multinational compliance programs. What makes a good compliance program?

For information or to receive notification of upcoming Center programs, contact Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Program Coordinator | | +1 303.871.6279

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