Ved Nanda

Evans University Professor

Professional Biography

Ved P. Nanda was a Distinguished University Professor and formerly Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972. He also directed the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, since its inception in 2006. The Center was established in his honor by alumni and friends, who also endowed a professorship in his name. He received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India, and has taught and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and abroad.  He was also an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Delhi, India.

Professor Nanda held many leadership positions in the global international law community, including the World Jurist Association, American Society of International Law, International Law Association, American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Center and Section of International Law.  He served as U.S. delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations in Geneva and on the governing council of the United Nations Association of the USA. He was an officer and board member in several international and national NGOs and also served as Chair of the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies.

He received numerous national and international awards, authored or co-authored 24 books and over 225 chapters and law review articles in international and comparative law, wrote a column for the Denver Post, and was a regular commentator in both the electronic and print media. In March 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind presented Professor Nanda with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India. And in April, the American Bar Association International Law Section conferred on him the Louis B. Sohn Award, for “distinguished, longstanding contributions to the field of public international law.”

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  • BA, MA, 1952, Punjab University, India
  • LLB, 1955, LLM, 1958, Delhi University, India
  • LLM, 1962, Northwestern University
  • Graduate Fellow, Yale University

Featured Publications

  • Migrants and Refugees are Routinely Denied the Protection of International Human Rights: What Does the Future Hold?, 45 Den. J. Int’l L & Pol’y 303-332 (2017).
  • Compassion in the Four Dharmic Traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi, 2016.
  • Litigation of International Disputes in US Courts, 2d ed., co-authored with David Pansius, two volumes, Thompson West, annual new releases since first publ. 1986, Fall 2016.
  • The Law of Transnational Business Transactions, 2d ed (editor with Ralph Lake), three volumes, Thompson West, annual new releases since first publ. 1981, 850 pages, Fall 2016.
  • Introduction, in Compassion in The Four Dharmic Traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism (V. Nanda ed., Prabhat Prakashan 2016).
  • Conflict of Laws, 2015 Annual Survey of Colorado Law 1 (2016).
  • The Journey from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, 44 Den. J. Int’l L & Pol’y 389 (2016).
  • Limitations on Government Debt and Deficits in the United States, in Global Studies in Comparative Law: Fiscal Rules – Limits on Governmental Deficits and Debt(Fred L. Morrison ed., Springer 2016).
  • “Sustainable Development,” Chapter 6, International Energy and Poverty: Emerging Contours (Routledge) (forthcoming fall 2015).
  • Our World to Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda (Dialogue Path Press) (September 2015).
  • Global Environmental Governance and the South (Cambridge University Press) (September 2015).
  • Limitations on Government Debt and Deficits in the United States, American Journal of Comparative Law (spring 2014).
  • Human Right Must be at the Core of Post-2015 International Development Agenda, 75 Mont. L. Rev. (April 2014).
  • Conflict of Laws Annual Survey of Colorado Law 2014, Colorado Bar Association) (2014).
  • Human Rights of Women and Children under International Law: An Introduction, 42 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 101 (2014).
  • Conflict Minerals and International Business: United States and International Responses, 20 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 285 (2014).
  • The Law of Transnational Business Transactions, co-authored with Ralph Lake) (Thomson Reuters) (spring 2014).
  • Litigation of International Disputes in U.S. Courts, co-authored with David Pansius (Thomson Reuters) (spring 2014).
  • The Future Under International Law of the Responsibility to Protect After Libya and Syria, Mich. St. Int’l. L. Rev. (2013).
  • The Contribution of Nongovernmental Organizations in Strengthening and Shaping International Human Rights Law: The Successful Drives to Ban Landmines and to Create an International Criminal Court, Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (forthcoming Fall 2012).
  • The Arab Spring, the Responsibility to Protect, and U.S. Foreign Policy – Some Preliminary Thoughts, 41 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 7 (2012).
  • Climate Change and Environmental Ethics,, Ved Nanda, ed., Transaction Publishers (2012).
  • International Environmental Law and Policy for the 21st Century, co-authored with Rock Pring, 2nd revised edition, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2012).
  • Revolution, Democracy and the Critical Role of Constitution-Making: Some Preliminary Thoughts, 89 Denv. U. L. Rev. 581 (2012).
  • Strides against poverty, Denver Post, September 25 (2010).
  • Singh visit assuages Indians' fears, Denver Post, November 29, 2009—Op-Ed.
  • Chapter 6, International Law, Nuclear Weapons, and Twenty-First Century Insecurity, in THE CHALLENGE OF ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS (David Krieger ed. 2009).
  • The European Union’s Multinational Carbon Trading Program, 85 DENV. U. L. REV. 995 (2008).
  • Selected Aspects of international Trade and the world Trade Organization’s Doha Round, 36 DENV. J. INT’L L. & POL’Y 255 (2008).