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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)

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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

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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?

Henry & Mary Bryan International Private Law Lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence
Anthony Carroll, Esq., Manchester Trade Ltd., Acorus Capital, LLC

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Denver Law alum Anthony Carroll, JD '75, was honored as the 2019/20 Henry and Mary Bryan Lecturer in International Private Law for his leadership and realization of international trade in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tony Carroll is vice president of Manchester Trade Ltd. He has over 35 years as a corporate lawyer and business advisor in the areas of international trade, development and investment primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently working to transfer new technology and methodology to the region. His wide-ranging practice has allowed him to work on issues involving many African countries including oil and gas/energy, construction material manufacturing, fisheries and textile investments among many others. He is globally recognized for his expertise on WTO issues, cross-border investment and corporate commercial transactions, building consensus between divergent African/non-African perspectives and the development of business and professional associations. He is considered one of the preeminent specialists advising developing countries on the creation of enabling environments required for investment flows.

Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence
Professor Michael Scharf, Dean, Case Western Reserve Law School

McDougal Distinguished Lecture


The Nanda Center honored Professor Michael Scharf as the 2019-2020 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer in Human Rights for his extraordinary ongoing contributions and leadership in the advancement of international law and policy.

Michael Scharf is co-Dean of the Case Western Reserve Law School, Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker/Hostetler Professor of Law, and Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated NGO. His areas of expertise include International Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Law of International Organizations, and National Security Law. He served as Attorney-Adviser for UN Affairs at the US Department of State. He has been the host and producer of “Talking Foreign Policy,” a radio program broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM and other NPR affiliate stations across the country. He is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and 19 books, three of which have won national book of the year honors. His newest book, The Syria Conflict’s Impact on International Law, is forthcoming (University of Cambridge Press, 2019).

Practitioner-in-Residence – Sherry Broder, Esq.

Monday-Wednesday, October 1 & 2

10/1 | 4:30PM – 6PM | Forum | RECEPTION

10/2 | 12PM – 1PM | LAW 190 | LECTURE

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International Human Rights lawyer Sherry Broder has been on the front lines of protecting and redressing human rights violations for decades. She was the first woman president of the Hawaii Bar Association and serves as president of the Federal Bar Association for the District of Hawaii. She is Executive Director, Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law & Justice, Adjunct Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, and Adjunct Research Fellow, East-West Center, University of Hawaii.

Professor Broder will discuss her 30+ years representing clients in state and federal courts in class actions and other complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate level. Her areas of concentration include trials, appeals, class actions, personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, international law, ocean law, environmental law, human rights, and rights of Native Hawaiians and other indigenous peoples.  She won a major lawsuit ($2 billion) against the Marcos Family in reparations for human rights violations against the people of the Philippines.

Int'l Law Meet & Greet Fall 2019

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Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately four semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 135 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest rankings from Guidestar and Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 charities in America.
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This year's Sutton Colloquium and accompanying Cox Price Human Rights Award Lecture recognized the 70th Anniversary of the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights with the theme Human Rights and Human Dignity in Uncertain Times. Held on Saturday, November 10 at the Sturm College of Law, this was the 51st annually-held Colloquium – only the American Society of International Law has held more annual conferences specifically on International Law in this country. In attendance were DU and Sturm College of Law alumni, faculty, and students,, in addition to members of the general community.  Among the speakers were nine faculty members from Denver Law and the Korbel School of International Studies. 

Visit the Sutton Colloquium homepage for links to the Agenda, Speaker bios CLE materials, and video.

Daniel Magraw pictureThe Cox Price Lecture was given by Daniel Magraw, Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, who also teaches at their School of Advanced International Studies.  He is President Emeritus of the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, D.C.

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“International water law has developed over time and has become more definite and certain in recent decades. Global climate change has already affected the hydrologic cycle and threatens to disrupt it further. This leads to questions concerning whether international water law is sufficiently resilient to cope with the different conditions brought on by climate change.”


McCaffrey, Stephen C. "International Water Law in the Anthropocene." Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy, 24 May 2018, Century Association Club, New York, 7 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036. Download International Water Law in the Anthropocene.pdf (129.38 KB)

McCaffrey, Stephen C. "The Law of International Watercourses: Some Recent Developments and Unanswered Questions." Denver J. Int'l L. & Pol'y, vol 17:3, Spring 1989, pp 505-526. Download The Law of Int'l Watercourses_Spring1989.pdf (10.9 MB)

File Download McCaffrey_The Human Right to Water Presentation- Denver 10.25.18.pptx (1.91 MB)


Gil Porter Visiting Practitioner Program

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2019 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture

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Dr. Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the Director of the International Law Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as a two-term U.S. member of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights, sitting in Geneva and New York and reviewing the human rights performance of member governments. She served at the U.S. Naval War College as the Charles Stockton Professor of International Law, held a tenured professorship at the Yale Law School, served for more than a decade as the Senior Fellow for international law at the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board and the CIA Historical Review Panel. She was also the global President of the 150-year-old International Law Association in London. Dr. Wedgwood currently serves on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committees on Public and Private International Law. She is a vice president of the International Law Association (ILA) and on the International Human Rights and International Arbitration committees of the American Branch of the ILA. Her expertise center on human rights law, the laws of armed conflict, United Nations peacekeeping and politics, as well as American legal history. She is the author of numerous articles on international law and organizations, American policy in the Balkans, the use of force, operational problems of peacekeeping, international tribunals and post-conflict reconstruction and the constitutional foreign affairs power. She has published in the American Journal of International Law, Yale Law Journal and European Journal of International Law, as well as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Die Zeit, and International Herald Tribune. Dr. Wedgwood received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

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2017 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer in International Law - Jordan Paust

November 8, 2017 

The incorporation of international human rights law into domestic U.S. law -- UN Article 55 and more

Jordan Paust, 2017 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer in International Law


1 General CLE Credit | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Reception to follow

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

The Cox Price Human Rights Lecture - Todd Howland

September 27, 2017 

Facilitating Human Rights Change via UN Human Rights Field Operations


Todd Howland, JD'86, MA'87, Representative for Columbia for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the 2017 Cox Price International Human Rights Lecture.

1 General CLE credit | 6:00 PM | Reception to Follow

Cox Price Program & Bibliography
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International Law Society Presents *Hot Topics*North Korea: A Threat to Whom?

August 22, 2017


12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch provided

Ricketson Law Building | 2255 E Evans Ave Denver CO 80210 | LAW 180



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, African Initiatives, and Project Education South Sudan partnered to invite Professor Ved Nanda, Ken Scott, Tamara Banks, and Pa’gan Amum to the Korbel School for an enlightening and engaging panel on challenges to development in South Sudan.

Josef Korbel School, Maglione Hall

U.S.-Russia: Comparative Legal Perspectives Series — Cross-border Insolvency & Transnational Commercial Law

Thursday, March 2, 2017 

The Honorable Sidney B. Brooks (ret.), Chad Caby, Esq. (Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie LLP), and Robert Lantz, Esq. (Coan Payton and Payne LLC) bankruptcy and commercial law experts in the US participated in a 90-minute program on cross-border insolvency law and transnational commercial law intrinsic in an international bankruptcy case with legal scholars and practitioners from the University of Moscow, Russia. This comparative panel discussed bankruptcy as well as jurisdiction, civil procedure, access to the American court system, cooperation and communication between and among judges in different countries working on the same case, and managing local law and foreign law when they clash in a cross-border environment.

This program series was initiated in 2015 between the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Russia’s Moscow State University. It gathers experts, academics, and students from both countries to present and discuss on international and comparative legal topics via a Skype’d conference call. These programs are free and open to students and the interested public.

A Celebration in Honor of Professor Ved Nanda — 50 Years of Teaching at Denver Law

February 25, 2017 | The Cable Center, University of Denver

Thanks to everyone who could join us on Feb. 25. The event was a great success.

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ABILA Mid-Western Regional Conference — International Law in a Time of Change

February 24, 2017


Approved for 7 General CLE credits | 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM |

Livestream – Morning Sessions, 2/24/2017

Livestream – Afternoon Sessions, 2/24/2017

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November 11, 2016

The Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture together with The Crimmigration Lecture Series at the University of Denver and The Leonard v.B. Sutton 49th Annual Colloquium on International Law

Crisis of Refugees and Mass Migration: Failure of International Law & Policy

5 General CLE credits | 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM

Myres S. McDougal LectureHuman Rights and Mass Migration From Poor to Rich Countries: The Impact on International Law — Professor Tom Farer, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of Intl Studies

4th Crimmigration Series Lecture — “From Arizona to California: Crimmigration Law at the Local Level” — Professor Ingrid Eagly, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Program Agenda and Panels

Livestream — Welcome and Crimmigration Lecture

Livestream — Failure of International Law – Panel I

Livestream — Failure of International Law – Panel II

Livestream — Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture

M. Cherif Bassiouni Presents the 2016 Cox-Price Human Rights Lecture

September 28, 2016


“We are privileged to welcome the foremost exponent of international criminal law to the Sturm College of Law and the Nanda Center,” says Ved Nanda. “Professor Bassiouni has opened new frontiers in this crucial and ever-growing field of international law.”

Approved for 2 General CLE Credits | 5:30 – 8:30 PM 

Livestream – LIVESTREAM


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

12 noon | LAW 165

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 was the foundation for this very important civil, economic, and legal discussion.


2016 DJILP Distinguished International Law Awards – the Honorable Sid Brooks JD ‘71 presented the Henry & Mary Bryan Lecture on International Law

Friday, April 28, 2016

The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law announced this year’s Distinguished International Law awards at the Sturm College of Law on April 19th, 2016.


L-R: Honorable Sidney Brooks, Ms. Elizabeth Flaagan, Mr. Ian Bird, Esq., Professor Ved Nanda, Mr. Douglas Scrivner, Esq., Mrs. Mary Scrivner, Mrs. Katharine Nanda, Esq., Ms. Julie Marling.

Dean Marty Katz welcomed attendees, followed by Nanda Center Board President Ian Bird and DJILP Events Editor, Allison Derschang. Professor Nanda presented the 2016 DJILP Distinguished Alumnus Award to Doug Scrivner for his accomplishments in the field of corporate law; his continuous community involvement; his exceptional leadership of the University of Denver and Sturm College of Law; and his vision and generosity in establishing the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law. The 2016 DJILP Distinguished Student Award was presented to Julie Marling, elected by her peers for her dedication and commitment to the international law program, International Law Society, the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, and as a voice for students.

Professor Ved Nanda presented the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks as the 2016 Henry and Mary Bryan award lecturer in International Law. Doug and Mary Scrivner founded the award in honor of Mary’s parents, to be presented to outstanding practitioners, scholars, jurists in international law. Judge Brooks was recognized for his outstanding work in the field of bankruptcy law; his global outreach to promote the knowledge and understanding of the rule of law; his extraordinary contribution to international judicial training and court management programs; and his sponsorship and leadership of the Brooks-Nanda Russian Law Fellow program at the Sturm College of Law.

The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy was established in 1971 at the University of Denver College of Law and has been a mainstay of international legal scholarship for four decades as a well-respected voice in the field. Please support the ongoing efforts of our dedicated student-led and student-run Journal and SUBSCRIBE at .

The Ved Nanda Center for International Law & Policy was established in 2006 thanks to the vision and generosity of Douglas Scrivner and other donors. The mission of the Nanda Center is supported by the strength and talent of the Nanda Center Board, the Sturm College of Law, and its dedicated donors. For more information about the Nanda Center and upcoming programs and events, visit .

The Nanda Center is part of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and supports its curriculum and academic mission.

Contact us : Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center Coordinator | | +1 303.871.6279

Ten Points of Light: An international debate on human v. data rights privacy protections

April 15th, 2016


Ten transnational, multidisciplinary legal scholars and professionals explored tensions in their nations over the power struggle for equal human rights protections compared with recent protections to prevent unwanted data invasion. MYCY Radio Production Studio broadcast this discussion Live from the UN Buffer Zone in the last divided capital city in the world, Nicosia, Cyprus.

1 General CLE credit | 9:00am — 10:00am | Lecture

LIVESTREAM with link to Transcript


2016 Conference on Tibet — Rights, Reality, and the Law

February 17th, 2016 | 5:30pm — 8:30pm | Lecture & Reception

Sturm College of Law — 2255 E Evans Ave — Room 165



2016 Rocky Mountain Regional White & Case JESSUP CUP Competition

February 19th — 21st, 2016

Sturm College of Law — 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO

Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 19, 2015


Sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association’s International Law Section and International Transactions Subsection, the Ved Nanda Center for Intl & Comparative Law, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the University of Denver International Law Society, and the Denver Journal for International Law & Policy, this event looked into the specific area of Investor-State Dispute Settlement as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Moderator Kristi Disney hosted a distinguished panel which included:

Professor Ved Nanda on “A Brief Introduction to the TPP and Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)—Possible impacts of ISDS on Sustainable Development

Todd Wells, Esq. on “The Nuts and Bolts of ISDS and Why It Should Matter to You” and

Tyler Rauert, Esq. on “An Overview of Government, Investor, and Civil Society Perspectives on ISDS



1 General CLE credit.

Comparative Perspectives — Individual Bankruptcy & International Law

November 17, 2015

University of Denver’s Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and the Moscow State University’s Law School hosted a video conference for a discussion on

“US & Russia — Perspectives in Individual Bankruptcy and International Law“.

9:00am – 11:30am | LAW 165 — Ricketson Law Building



U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Sidney Brooks moderated this engaging and informative comparative presentation and discussion of Consumer Bankruptcy law and practice in the U.S. and in Russia. Participants were from the Sturm College of Law and Moscow State University and featured distinguished panelists—Professor Ved Nanda of the Sturm College of Law-International Law Program, Professor Evgeny Gubin Dean of the Business Law department of Moscow State University, and Moscow State University Professor Svetlana Karelina.

Comparative Perspectives — the Right to Privacy in Modern Societies

November 13, 2015


University of Denver’s Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law along with Josef Korbel’s Center on Rights Development hosted a video conference with the Moscow State University’s Law School for a discussion on

“The Right to Privacy in Modern Societies – Comparative Perspectives“.

Friday, November 13, 2015 | 9:00am – 11:30am | LAW 165 — Ricketson Law Building



The discussion focused on respective (US & Russian) constitutional as well as international law surrounding the right to privacy and how it is interpreted within each society. The program was driven by four brief student presentations from the respective participant organizations on various sub-topics such as: privacy vs. security and public interests, privacy in the age of the internet, privacy vs. freedom of speech. There was time for response, questioning and discussion after each student presentation.

48th Annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium and Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture

October 10, 2015


The 48th Annual Sutton Colloquium took on the serious issues challenging the international community in their efforts to achieve Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy goals. These goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet, enable access to sustainable energy for the common good. Leading academics and experts will engage in discussion around these challenges to global governance and the opportunities available to move ahead.

The Myles S. McDougal Lecture was presented by Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy, Nicholas Doman Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Boulder. His topic, Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage, will look at existing principles of justice over the ages and argue that they should be applied in the solution of providing sustainable, renewable energy to the poor of the world.

Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium – 48th Annual Conf on International Law, LIVESTREAM: Morning Session, 10/10/2015

Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium – 48th Annual Conf on International Law, LIVESTREAM: Afternoon Sessions, 10/10/2015

6 General CLE credits.

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