Programs & Events

Programs presented by the Ved Nanda Center at the Sturm College of Law serve as a vehicle for communication and interaction with the University's greater international community, especially for Denver Law students and alumni. The Center hosts several annual events, including the Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law, the Leonard v.B Sutton Colloquium, the Cox Price International Human Rights Award & Lecture, and the Henry & Mary Bryan Lecture in Private International Law.

Additionally, as a result of the International Law program begun by Professor Ved Nanda, Denver Law has graduated leading global experts in the realm of international law, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment to sharing their expertise and insight with our students, faculty, law community, and community in general through lectures and visiting speaker programs throughout the year.

Annual Programs

Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law

Established in 1976, the Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law features eminent jurists and scholars addressing various aspects of international law and policy. Myres S. McDougal was one of the most influential scholars in the history of international law, and Professor Ved Nanda's mentor at Yale Law School.

The lecture that bears the McDougal name attracts academics, statesmen and others who are lauded as the best in their respective fields of expertise. Presentation of the McDougal Lecture, as well as other addresses by visiting scholars and guests, is accompanied by opportunities for the students to meet and converse with the speakers.

  • List of Past Lecturers
    2018 Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
    2017 Jordan Paust, University of Houston Law Center
    2016 Tom Farer, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    2015 Lakshman D. Guruswamy, University of Colorado Law School
    2014 Petros Mavroidis, Columbia Law School and the European University Institute
    2013 Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University
    2011 Gary Hart, Former U.S. Senator to Colorado
    2010 Dinah L. Shelton, The George Washington University Law School
    2009 José Alvarez, Columbia Law School
    2008 Richard Falk, Princeton University
    2007 Larry Johnson, Ass’t Secretary General for Legal Affairs, United Nations
    2006 Ved Nanda, University of Denver
    2003 Nigel S. Rodley, University of Essex
    2002 James A.R. Nafziger, Willamette University
    2001 David A. Gantz, University of Arizona
    2000 Jon M. Van Dyke, University of Hawaii
    1999 Stephen C. McCaffrey, McGeorge School of Law
    1998 M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University
    1994 Christopher Weeramantry, International Court of Justice, The Hague
    1993 Oscar Schachter, Columbia University
    1992 Robert Muller, United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica
    1991 Louis B. Sohn, University of Georgia
    1990 Leonard v.B. Sutton, Former Chief Justice Colorado Supreme Court
    1989 Richard B. Bilder, University of Wisconsin
    1988 Leslie C. Green, University of Alberta
    1987 William M. Beaney, University of Denver
    1986 Richard Falk, Princeton University
    1985 Thomas Franck, New York University
    1984 Seymour Rubin, American Society of International Law
    1983 1983 Burns H. Weston, University of Iowa
    1982 W. Michael Reisman , Yale University
    1981 John Norton Moore, University of Virginia
    1980 Gustavo Lagos, Universidad de Chile
    1978 Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Harvard University
    1977 John M. Hazard, Columbia University
    1976 Josef Korbel, University of Denver

Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law

The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law was named for a former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court who was a close friend and longtime supporter of the International Legal Studies Program. Held annually since 1967, the Colloquium unites students, faculty, and members of Denver's legal community. Well known authorities and foreign dignitaries present lectures and panel discussions on current international issues. The resulting papers are then collected into a special issue of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy.

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Cox Price Human Rights Award & Lecture

Established in 2006 in conjunction with the inauguration of the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, the Cox Price International Human Rights Award honors the outstanding achievements of individuals in the area of human rights.

  • List of Past Recipients
    2015 Brenda Hollis
    2013 (fall) Peter Weiss
    2013 (spring) Robert Swift
    2012 Edward C. Luck
    2011 William "Bill" Pace
    2010 Paul Hoffman
    2009 Sherry Broder

Henry & Mary Bryan Lecture

Named in honor of Mary Scrivner's parents, the annual Henry & Mary Bryan Lecture features accomplished practitioners who present on topics that transcend traditional notions of public and private international law.

  • List of Past Recipients
    2019 Anthony Carroll, Esq.
    2015/2016 Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, ret.
    2013/2014 Dr. W. Douglas Jackson, Project C.U.R.E.
    2010/2011 Gilbert Porter, Esq.
    2009/2010 Dan Magraw, Esq.
    2008/2009 Lucinda Low, Esq.

Periodic Programs

Visiting Scholars, Dignitaries, & Practitioners

The Nanda Center attracts leading experts in the diverse field of international law to share their expertise, knowledge, and scholarship with students, faculty, and the community. The Center utilizes two main programming vehicles, hosting lectures during the lunch hour on site at the Sturm College of Law, and online during times more convenient for working practitioners.

The Center also collaborates with the Office of Career Development to engage visiting professionals with students interested in their fields via small group and one-on-one meetings.

Lunchtime Lectures

Often co-hosted with the International Law Society, Lunchtime Lectures are free to attend. Their goal is to stimulate and encourage questions and discussion around the rule of law, its application, alternatives, missing case law, etc.

Corporate Counsel Forum

Launched in 2020, the Corporate Counsel Forum is an ongoing series on transnational issues presented by practitioners and experts in their fields.

Past Program Archive

Past Nanda Center programming, both annual and occasional, is often recorded, with supporting information and materials available to view or download. Expand items in the list below to access archived information and materials from past Nanda Center programs and events. For archived information and materials from past Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquia, please see the Sutton Colloquium page.

  • 2022 – Michael Scharf – Holding Russia Accountable for War Crimes in the Ukrainian War
    2022 Cox Price poster

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked the conscience of humanity. The country has literally become a nation-wide crime scene. Worldwide, cries for accountability are deafening. But are Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders beyond the reach of international criminal law? In the Cox-Price Human Rights Lecture, Dean Michael Scharf will discuss the options and obstacles to bringing Russian leaders to justice for the crime of aggression and war crimes in Ukraine.

    Online and In Person | October 9, 2022

    Michael Scharf is co-Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler -- BakerHostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was recently elected President of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

    Michael Scharf Bio

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  • 2021 – Cybersecurity Law & Practice for the Generalist
    WEDNESDAYS, FEB 24, MAR 3, MAR 10 | 7:30 - 9:00 AM MST


    1. The technology and legal basics of cybersecurity
    2. The legal basics of cybersecurity

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    1. Governance Basics
    2. Law Enforcement
    3. Defenses

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    1. Initial client consultation
    2. Security breach and/or regulatory inquiry of client
    3. Breach at law firm that impacts representation of client

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    Registration is free. CLE fee: $25 per session or $60 for all three

    Approved for 2 general and .6 ethics credits per session.


    Speaker Bios

    2021 Winter In-House Counsel Program

  • 2020 – Corruption, Bribery, & Undue Influence in Transitional Business

    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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    Access Password: nanda@du2020

    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?

  • 2020 – S. James Anaya – Race & the Law: Still Work to Do
    2020 Cox Price poster

    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.

    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)

    S. James Anaya is the current dean of the University of Colorado Law School. He has taught and written extensively on international human rights and issues concerning indigenous peoples, and has lectured in many countries throughout the world.

    S. James Anaya Bio

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  • 2019 – Sherry Broder, Esq.
    Lunchtime Lecture Schedule - Sherry P. Broder

    Monday-Wednesday, October 1 & 2

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

    10/2 | 12PM – 1PM | LAW 190 | LECTURE

    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.

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  • 2019 – Professor Michael Scharf, Dean, Case Western Reserve Law School

    Wednesday, 10/9 | 5PM – 7PM | LAW 165 & Forum
    Free; 1 general CLE credit ($20)

    2019 McDougal Lecture Poster

    The Nanda Center recognized 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.

    Scharf discussed that the international law of self-defense and of humanitarian intervention have been fundamentally altered by events in Syria. He contended that the abuse of the veto during the Syria crisis has led to the greatest shift in power—from the UN Security Council to the UN General Assembly—since the 1970 Uniting for Peace resolution.

    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).

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  • 2019 – Henry & Mary Bryan International Private Law Lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence Anthony Carroll, Esq., Manchester Trade Ltd., Acorus Capital, LLC
    2019 Bryan Lecture Poster

    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.

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  • 2019 – Dr. Douglas Jackson, President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E.
    Douglas Jackson poster
    Douglas Jackson

    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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  • 2018 – Corruption & International Law: ICSID Grot v. Moldova Investment Arbitration Case

    MONDAY, AUGUST 13 || 12 NOON - 1 PM || LAW 180



    International law does not exist as mere theory. It is actively applied in thousands of international arbitration cases across the globe on a daily basis. Billions of dollars ride on the outcome of these cases. The number of international investment cases is also skyrocketing. Five DU law alumni recently won an international investment arbitration case before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Grot v. Republic of Moldova. Join Gleason Wells partners Todd Wells, JD’77 and Ted Gleason, JD’07, along with their co-counsels Andrew Astuno, JD’11, and Giedre Stasiunaite, JD’16, to learn about their experience winning this investment arbitration case. The speakers will describe the substantive issues involved in the Grot v. Moldova ICSID case and the field of international investment law generally, but will focus more specifically on their personal experiences prosecuting the case for the past three years. The presentation will provide unique insights into international corruption and the difficulties and rewards of practicing international law.

    Todd Wells, JD’77 is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver and University of Colorado law schools where he teaches international arbitration and international sales law. Ted Gleason, JD’07, is a professor at the Grenoble School of Management in Grenoble, France where he teaches international business law. Andrew Astuno, JD’11, recently completed a World Bank project in Nigeria and is Of Counsel with the law firm Gleason Wells. Giedre Stasiunaite, ‘JD16, is also Of Counsel with Gleason Wells.

  • 2018 – Daniel B. Magraw – The Human Right to a Healthy Environment: Evolution & Urgency
    Daniel Magraw

    Daniel B. Magraw is an international lawyer working primarily on human rights, environmental and investment issues. He is President Emeritus of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Professorial Lecturer and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)




  • 2018 – Stephen C. McCaffrey – International Water Law in the Anthropocene
    Stephen C. McCaffrey

    “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.

    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.

  • 2018 – Gilbert Porter – Managing Political Risk in an Ever-Risky World
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  • 2018 – Ruth Wedgwood – Democracy & Demagogues
    Ruth Wedgwood Poster
    Ruth Wedgwood

    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.

  • 2018 – The UN & the Venezuelan Crisis
    Larry Johnson Poster










  • 2017 – Jordan Paust – The Incorporation of International Human Rights Law into Domestic U.S. Law: UN Article 55 & More
    2017 McDougal Lecture Poster

    November 8, 2017

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

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

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

  • 2017 – Todd Howland – Facilitating Human Rights Change via UN Human Rights Field Operations
    Todd Howland

    September 27, 2017

    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.

    Todd Howland is a veteran in the field of human rights with over 25 years of professional experience with NGOs, academic institutions in countries including the US, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Switzerland, Ethiopia and Korea. Prior to his current role, he served as Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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

    Cox Price Program & Bibliography
    Event Pictures

  • 2017 – International Law Society Presents *Hot Topics* – North Korea: A Threat to Whom?
    North Korea's ballistic missiles

    August 22, 2017

    12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch provided

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






  • 2017 – Genocide & Human Rights in South Sudan
    Genocide & Human Rights in South Sudan

    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.



  • 2017 – U.S.–Russia: Comparative Legal Perspectives Series — Cross-border Insolvency & Transnational Commercial Law
    Josef Korbel School, Maglione Hall
    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.

  • 2017 – ABILA Mid-Western Regional Conference — International Law in a Time of Change
    ABILA Poster

    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

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

    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


  • 2016 – Nanda Center Lunchtime Lecture Series Presents: Putin’s Russia: The Erosion of Civil Society
    Putin's Russia Poster

    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

    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.

  • 2016 – Ten Points of Light: An International Debate on Human v. Data Rights Privacy Protections
    Ten Points of Light Poster

    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



  • 2016 – Conference on Tibet — Rights, Reality, & 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

  • 2015 – Investor–State Dispute Settlement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    November 19, 2015

    Investor–State Dispute Settlement Poster

    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

  • 2015 – 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.

  • 2015 – Comparative Perspectives — the Right to Privacy in Modern Societies

    November 13, 2015

    Comparative Perspectives - Privacy

    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.