Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium
Held annually since 1967, the Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law 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. As is the case with most of the ILSP's programming, student members of the International Law Society and Denver Journal of International Law & Policy collaborate with staff of the ILSP and the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law to coordinate all aspects of the program, from speaker invitations to publication of the papers.
Past Colloquia Archive
Past Nanda Center programming 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 Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquia. For archived information and materials from other past Nanda Center programming, please see the main Programs & Events page.
2021 – Climate Change & the Clean Energy Transition: Global Perspectives on Policy, Capacity, & Equity
The 2021 Sutton Colloquium will offer expert perspectives on the fast-paced, climate change-driven global transition to clean energy. The rapidly advancing transition will broadly impact law and legal professionals - the presenters in this Colloquium will address issues of interest and concern in three panel discussions to take place on three consecutive mornings, October 27, 28 and 29 from 7:30 – 8:45 am Mountain Time.
Wednesday, October 27
WELCOME – 7:30-7:35 AM
COLLOQUIUM OPENING KEYNOTE – 7:35-7:50 AM
SARAH LADISLAW, Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute's U.S. Program
POLICY SESSION OPENING REMARKS - 7:50-8:05 AM
Sheila Hollis, Acting Executive Director of the United States Energy Association after serving for 15 years as Chair of its Board of Directors, Of Counsel and Founding Managing Partner at Duane Morris LLP and Member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.
SESSION 1 – 8:05-8:45 AM
POLICY, LAW, AND REGULATION IN TRANSITION – Moderator - Frank Laird, Associate Professor and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Sheila Hollis, Acting Executive Director of the United States Energy Association after serving for 15 years as Chair of its Board of Directors, Of Counsel and Founding Managing Partner at Duane Morris LLP and Member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.
Sarah Ladislaw, Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute's U.S. Program.
Policy formulations, and the laws and regulations that emerge from them must be thoughtfully designed and implemented if the transition is to keep pace with the pressing need for greenhouse gas emission reductions. This panel will discuss current policies that should be modified or abandoned, those that should be continued or strengthened, and innovative new policy options and initiatives that governments are likely to consider or adopt.
Thursday, October 28
SESSION 2 – 7:30-8:45 AM
FINANCING AND DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY IN TRANSITION – Moderator, Mark Safty, JD Scholar in Residence and Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
Morgan Bazilian, Director of the Payne Institute and a Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines.
Paul Kaufman, Partner of the Real Estate and Land Use and Environment Practice Groups in the San Diego (Del Mar) office of the international law firm Sheppard Mullin.
Nneka Obiokoye, Senior Counsel with the international law firm of Holland & Knight.
Policy formulations and legal structures alone will not facilitate the energy transition unless the Financing and Development capacity to physically accomplish the transition exists. This panel will discuss the sources of and potential barriers to deploying the debt and equity financing that will be required for the energy system transformation. Both debt and equity investment in energy infrastructure are based on sound development principles and practices; this panel will also discuss the standards for and necessary skills associated with global and national development practices.
Friday, October 29
SESSION 3 – 7:30-8:45 AM
EQUITY AND JUSTICE IN TRANSITION – Moderator, KK DuVivier, Professor of Law and John A. Carver, Jr. Chair in Natural Resources Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Dr. Johanna I. Höffken, Assistant Professor and Lecturer of the Year 2020 from Eindhoven University of Technology - School of Innovation Sciences, The Netherlands.
James R. May, Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder of the Global Environmental Rights Institute, and co-Founder of the Dignity Rights Project and the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School, where he has served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law.
Alice Napoleon, Principal Associate of Synapse Energy Economics located in Cambridge, MA.
It is essential that energy system change be carried out within a framework that considers the equity and justice aspects of the transition. Marginalized populations must not bear an undue share of the burdens of the transition, as is often the case in the current system, and the benefits of clean, inexpensive, and reliable energy must be made available to these populations in parallel with wealthier populations.
Speaker Profiles for the 2021 Sutton Colloquium may be accessed in the PDF below.
2020 – Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment: Fragile Progress 25 Years after Beijing
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.” (25 Years After Beijing: A review of the UN system’s support for the implementation of the Platform for Action from 2014-2019)
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 at the links below.
2019 – Human Rights & Human Dignity in Uncertain Times
This year's (AY 2019) 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. The 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.
$35, CLE. Students, Faculty & Staff Free. | Approved for 6 General CLE credits
12:30pm – Check-in & registration opens [Corridor 140]
All Panels and Lectures Held in Room 165
1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction
1:05pm-2:20pm: Slavery, Genocide and International Law
Moderator: Timothy Kubik, Founding Member and Chair, Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action
Art Gilbert, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
David Akerson, Esq.
Aubrey Ardema, Esq.
2:20pm-2:50pm: The Right to Cross Borders - International Law & Policy
Speaker: Tom Farer, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
3:00pm-4:15pm: Basic Human Rights under International Law -- Chair: Ved Nanda, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Human Rights and Water - Tom Romero, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Human Rights and Health - Govind Persad, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples - Andrew Reid, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Human Rights and International Tribunals - David Akerson, Esq.
Human Rights and the Environment - Donald C. Smith, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
4:15pm-5:20pm: Roundtable - Moderator: Ved Nanda, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Upendra Acharya, University of Gonzaga School of Law
Jack Donnelly, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Amy Eckert, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Claude D'Estreé, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Micheline Ishay, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
5:30pm-6:30pm: COX PRICE LECTURE IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Daniel Magraw, Senior Fellow and Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Please join us for a reception to meet the panelists and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and drinks.
CLE READING MATERIALS | All Articles Available on WESTLAW
Fausto Pocar, Some Thoughts on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the “Generations” of Human Rights, 10 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 43 (2015) (7 pages)
Waseem Ahmad Qureshi, Untangling the Complicated Relationship between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict, 6 Penn St. J.L. & Int’l Aff. 203 (2018) (33 pages)
Note: American Courts and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: A Need for Harmony in the Face of a Refugee Crisis, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1399 (2018) (26 pages)
Sylvia Borelli, The (Mis)-Use of General Principles of Law: Lex Specialis and the Relationship Between International Human Rights Law and the Laws of Armed Conflict, 46 IUS Gentium 265 (2015) (28 pages)
Lara Blecher, Codes of Conduct: The Trojan Horse of International Human Rights Law?, 38 Comp. Lab. L. & Pol’y 437 (2017) (40 pages)
Matthew A. Kearney, “Unless Someone Hears Us;” Applying International Criminal Law’s Rome Statute as a New Approach to Addressing the Human Rights Abuses Against Serbian Roma, 23 U.C. Davis J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 37 (2016) (29 pages)
Edward L. Carter, “Error But Without Malice” in Defamation of Public Officials: The Value of Free Expression in International Human Rights Law, 21 Comm. L. & Pol’y 301 (2016) (21 pages)
Jacob Dolinger, the Failure of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 47 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 164 (2016) (26 pages)
Susan L. Karamanian, The Role of International Human Rights Law in Re-Shaping Investor-State Arbitration, 45 Int’l J. Legal Info. 34 (2017) (13 pages)
Ingrid Wuerth, International Human Rights Law: An Unexpected Threat to Peace, “ 101 Marq. L. Rev. 803 (2018) (16 pages)
Ved Nanda, The Denver Post, The Universal declaration of human rights is in grave danger, Sept. 28, 2018
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.
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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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 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 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’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 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 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.
2017 – Decarbonization in a Post-Paris World
Friday, November 17, 2017
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver, Colorado 80208
12:30pm – Check-in & registration opens
1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction
Dean Bruce Smith, Denver Law
1:05pm-2:35pm: Panel #1-Electricity
This session will discuss solutions for reducing carbon in generating or using electricity.
Moderator: Professor KK DuVivier, Denver Law
Julie Blunden, Julie Blunden Consulting
Marc Manly, Duke Energy (retired)
Professor Anita Rønne, University of Copenhagen, Danish Energy Regulatory Authority, and Value Committee
John Shenot, The Regulatory Assistance Project
2:45pm-4:15pm: Panel #2-Transportation
This session will consider how GHG emissions from the transport sector are being reduced, bearing in mind the sector’s key linkage to economic stability and development.
Moderator: Professor Don Smith, Denver Law
Professor Barry Barton, University of Waikato-New Zealand, Te Piringa Faculty of Law
Rutt Bridges, Driverless Car Revolution
Chris Gearhart, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Professor Amy Stein, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
Please join us for a reception to meet the panelists and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and drinks.
Two (2) general CLE credits are pending for this event. There is no cost, but online registration is required by November 16. Free parking, CLE credit and the reception are included in the registration.
2016 – Crisis of Refugees & Mass Migration: Failure of International Law & Policy
The Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture
Together with The Crimmigration Lecture Series at the University of Denver
And The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium—49th Annual Conference on International Law
November 11, 2016
Room 165 | Ricketson Law Building | University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Crisis of Refugees and Migration: Failure of International Law
The world community is facing an acute crisis of refugees and migration and the need to protect their basic human rights. The increasing numbers of refugees, internally displaced, and stateless people, underscore the need for everyone — international organizations, states, the private sector, civil society, and individuals — to undertake concerted efforts to address the complex web of needs surrounding this crisis.
This year’s Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges the U.S. and the international community face adjudicating these urgent issues.
Additionally, this year the Colloquium is paired with the fourth installment of the Crimmigration Law Lecture Series, addressing an intertwining of the criminal and immigration justice systems that scholars have labelled “crimmigration.” The rise of a crimmigration enforcement regime in the United States since the 1980s has many dimensions, including the increased use in immigration enforcement of detention and other enforcement mechanisms more typically associated with the enforcement of criminal law.
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m Registration 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 pm Welcome — Ved Nanda, the Ved Nanda Center of International and Comparative Law at the Sturm College of Law 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Crimmigration Lecture – Professor Ingrid Eagly, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law (1.0 hour of instruction) “From Arizona to California: Crimmigration Law at the Local Level” 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break / Lunch (Box Lunch provided) 1:30 p.m. — 2:45 p.m. Panel I – Revisiting International Norms on Refugees and Internally Displaced People (1.5 hours of instruction) The current refugee system is broken and the asylum crisis in Europe has been a rude awakening. International efforts to end the crisis continue, but world leaders have yet to find an enduring solution. While the long-term response requires ending armed conflicts and eradicating poverty, the international community must ensure the protection of basic human rights for refugees and the internally displaced. Moderator and Presenter: Ved Nanda, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law Panelists:
- Nader Hashemi, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
- Melanie Randall, Western Law, Ontario, Canada
- Peter Van Arsdale, Collobarative Refugee and Rights Information Center (CRRIC), University of Denver
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Panel II – Arizona Exceptionalism (1.5 hours of instruction) Is Arizona unique? In the United States, Arizona is often described as the epicenter of crimmigration law and policy developments. Annie Lai discusses how Arizona earned its reputation as stronghold for anti-immigrant policing activity. Todd Miller raises the possibility that, despite its role within the United States, Arizona might not simply illustrate a broader trend of border militarization that shares features with another contested border: the boundary between Israel and Palestine. Moderator and Presenter: Ingrid Eagly, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law Panelists:
- Annie Lai, University of California – Irvine School of Law
- Tod Miller, Independent Journalist and Author
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture – Professor Tom Farer, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies (1.0 hour of Instruction) “Human Rights and Mass Migration from Poor to Rich Countries—Challenges to International Law and Policy” 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception
1. UN General Assembly, New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, A/71/L.1, New York, September 13, 2016, http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/L.1
2. James Hathaway, A Global Solution to a Global Refugee Crisis, Open Democracy, Feb. 29, 2016, https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/james-c-hathaway/global-solution-to-global-refugee-crisis
3. James Milner, Rediscovering a Winning Formula for Refugee Protection, Open Democracy, March 3, 2016, https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/james-milner/rediscovering-winning-formula-response-to-hathaway
4. Alex Neve, Refugee Reform Must Become a Global Project, Open Democracy, March 1, 2016, https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/alex-neve/refugee-reform-must-become-global-project
5. Ved Nanda, History and Foundations for Refugee Security, Health, and Well-Being under International Law, chapter in International Law, Human Rights, and the Well Being of Refugees and Displaced Persons (University of Hawaii Press)
6. Melanie Randall, Particularized Social Groups and Categorical Imperatives in Refugee Law: State Failures to Recognize Gender and the Legal Reception of Gender Persecution Claims in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 23 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 529 (2014)
7. T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Rethinking the International Refugee Regime, 41 Yale J. Intl. L. Online 1 (Spring, 2016)
8. Guy Goodwin-Gill, The Continuing Relevance of International Refugee Law in a Globalized World, 10 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 25 (2015)
9. Chris Woodruff, Refugee Law: Improving Oversight and Accountability, 29 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 147 (2014)
2015 – Sustainable Development & Sustainable Energy
As a guiding international law principle with significant normative value, Sustainable Development has captured the world’s attention. The Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations General Assembly will adopt at the current session include ending poverty, protecting the planet, enabling access to sustainable energy and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of 2015.
Governments from both developed and developing countries, the private sector, civil society, and individuals, must undertake concerted cooperative efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges international community will face in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially sustainable energy.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to host its 48th annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (Sutton Colloquium). Leading scholars will present their academic work on the Sustainable Development & Sustainable Energy. Panels will address
The challenge of access to energy for 2.8 or so billion people globally and how the unmet needs of the energy poor might be satisfied;
The processes of unconventional oil and gas exploitation transforming the world economy, rendering irrelevant traditional energy thinking; and unleashing a host of new problems and potential opportunities;
And how even renewable energy sources, which do not involve explosive risks or produce emissions or toxic wastes, have met with resistance because of aesthetic, religious, or cultural concerns.
The conference will take place Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 8:30 am and will close with a Plenary Session followed by a Reception.
As a guiding international law principle with significant normative value, Sustainable Development has capture the world’s attention. The Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations General Assembly will adopt at the current session, include ending poverty, protecting the p[lanet, enabling access to sustainable energy and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs succed the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of 2015.
Governments from both developed and developing countries, the private sector, civil society, and individuals, must undertake concerted cooperative efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s Leonard v.B Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges the international community will face in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, especial sustainable energy.
Registration & Breakfast—First Floor Corridor
Welcome from Dean Martin Katz—Room 165
9:45am-11:15am—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165
Panel I—Sustainable Energy for All
Around 2.8 billion people globally, also known as the “Other Third” or “Energy Poor,” have little or no access to beneficial energy that meets their needs for cooking, heating, water, sanitation, illumination, transportation, or basic mechanical power. The recently published book: Energy and Poverty: The Emerging Contours (2015) uniquely integrates the hitherto segmented and fragmented approaches to the challenge of access to energy. It provides theoretical, philosophical, and practical analysis of energy for the low energy (non-hydrocarbon based) Other Third of the world, and how the unmet needs of the energy poor might be satisfied. This panel will feature presentations by some authors, and others, based on chapters of the book that address the theme of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All).
Moderator: Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, Nicolas Doman Professor of Law, International Energy Programs GWC, University of Colorado Boulder
Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thomson Marsh Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Director, Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy
Julia Alvarez, Executive Director, Elephant Energy, Marketing ASETs in Africa
Stephen Katsaros, CEO, Nokero, Lighting for All
Carla Fredericks, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Energy for Indigenous Peoples
Break—Outside Room 165
11:30am-12:45—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165
Panel II—Unconventional Gas and Sustainable Development
In recent decades the concept of sustainability or sustainable development has transformed decision-making in both the public and private sector at the local, national and global level. Since its emergence in Our Common Future in 1987 and the Rio Declaration in 1992 we have felt its impact in every aspect of human endeavor. Little more than a decade after the emergence of sustainable development, the processes of unconventional oil and gas exploitation began to transform the world economy, rendering irrelevant traditional energy thinking and unleashing a host of new problems and potential opportunities. What is the relationship between these two significant developments in the recent past? Can unconventional gas development fit into the sustainable development framework? How should we think about unconventional gas – locally, nationally or globally – through the lens of sustainability?
Moderator: Professor Fred Cheever, Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Atty Matt Sura, an oil and gas attorney specializing in the representation of land owners, mineral owners, and local governments.
Kathleen Staks, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
John Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law and Director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center
Break for Lunch—Pick up lunch outside Room 165
1:15pm-2:15pm—(1.0 hr of instruction)—Room 165
Myles S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture—Global Energy Justice: The Jurisprudential Lineage
Dr. Lakshman D. Guruswamy will examine the extent to which Natural law, Islamic jurisprudence, Buddhist, and Communitarian philosophies contained principles of justice that were embodied in laws governing different civilizations around the world. He will argue that these principles of justice should be applied to the energy poor of the world who lack access to clean energy.
2:30pm- 3:45pm—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165
Panel III—Tensions in the Sustainable Energy Sphere and Community Solutions
Energy is fundamental to provide a country with economic opportunities and a high quality of life for its peoples. However, the Macondo well blow-out illustrates some of the risks of developing energy sources. Even renewable energy sources, which do not involve explosive risks or produce emissions or toxic wastes, have met with resistance because of aesthetic, religious, or cultural concerns. This panel will explore some of the tensions involved in developing energy resources and community solutions to promoting those that are culturally acceptable as well as sustainable.
Moderator: K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Jacqueline Weaver, University of Houston Law Center
Troy Rule, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Kristi Disney, Sustainable Development Strategies Group
3:45pm-4:15pm—(1.5 hrs of instruction)—Room 165
2015 Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium Panelist Biographies
Lakshman Guruswamy (Moderator and Distinguished Myles S, McDougal 2015 Lecturer) is the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was born in Sri Lanka, and is a recognized expert in International Environmental and Energy Law. Lakshman teaches International Environmental Law, International Energy Law, and Energy Justice at CU. He is also the Director of the Center for Energy & Environment Security (CEES) of the University of Colorado. This is an interdisciplinary Center that seeks to find renewable energy solutions for the energy deficits confronting the globe, and pursues environmental justice for peoples of the developing world. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. Guruswamy is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings in the US and around the world. He is the author of books traversing crucial aspects of international environmental and energy law, and is widely published in international energy and environmental law in legal and scientific journals.
Ved Nanda has taught at the University of Denver since 1965. In addition to his scholarly achievements, he is significantly involved in the global international law community. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now Honorary President, former honorary Vice President of the American Society of International Law and now its counselor, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He was formerly the United States Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Geneva, and Vice-Chair of its Executive Council, and also served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute and as a council member for the American Bar Association Section of International Law. In 2006 Professor Nanda was honored with a $1 million founding gift from DU alumni Doug and Mary Scrivner to launch the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. In February 2004, Professor Nanda was awarded the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building” from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College. In 1990 in Beijing, China, Professor Nanda was presented with the “World Legal Scholar” award by the World Jurist Association. He was also the recipient of the United Nations Association Human Rights Award in 1997. He has received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India. He is widely published in law journals and national magazines, has authored or co-authored 22 books in the various fields of international law and over 180 chapters and major law review articles, and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at a number of universities in the United States and abroad.
Julia Alvarez is Executive Director of Elephant Energy, a non-profit whose mission is to provide clean, portable energy technologies and effective energy solutions to remote, off-grid communities. Julia brings nearly a decade of nonprofit experience to her role with Elephant Energy. After spending five years as a social change consultant, helping U.S. based organizations work more effectively and efficiently, Julia is thrilled to be back in international development. Julia received her BA in international studies from Kenyon College and her MA in international peace studies from the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. In addition to her consulting work, Julia has experience as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C. and as a facilitator of youth leadership development workshop. Having lived, traveled and worked globally, Julia is excited to have an opportunity to help share sustainable light with communities around the world.
Carla Fredericks is Director of the American Indian Law Clinic and Director of the American Indian Law Program (AILP). A graduate of the University of Colorado and Columbia Law School, Fredericks began teaching at Columbia Law School in New York, teaching Columbia’s Legal Practice seminar, focused on development of research, writing and appellate advocacy skills and working with Columbia’s National NALSA moot court competition team. Previously a partner at Milberg LLP in New York, Fredericks founded Milberg’s Native American practice and directed the firm’s civil/human rights litigation. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. Fredericks leads a year-long clinic at CU in which students may represent American Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals. Fredericks is also of counsel to Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan LLP, focusing on complex and appellate litigation and Native American affairs. She is chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Endowment Trust, and has been appointed by the American Indian College Fund as its representative to the Indian Education Scholarship Holding Fund as part of the Cobell v. Salazar settlement.
Frederico Cheever (Moderator) is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Fred is the Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the Sturm College of Law. After graduating from Stanford University (B.A./M.A. 1981) and UCLA (J.D. 1986), and clerking for Judge Harry Pregerson of United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Los Angeles (1986-1987), he came to Denver as an Associate Attorney for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (1987-1989). Between 1990 and 1993, he worked as an associate at the law firm of Faegre & Benson, in Denver. He began teaching at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1993 specializing in Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Land Law, Land Conservation Transactions and Property. Between 2009 and 2014, Professor Cheever was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Sturm College of Law. Professor Cheever writes extensively about the Endangered Species Act, federal public land law and land conservation transactions. He is co-author of a natural resources casebook, Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, with Christine Klein and Bret Birdsong (3rd Ed. 2013).
John Dernbach is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Director of that school’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Center. Professor Dernbach has written on sustainable development, climate change, and other topics in more than 40 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to more than 20 books. He leads the only national project that comprehensively assesses U.S. sustainability efforts and makes recommendations for future efforts. As part of that project, he is the principal author of Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute Press 2012) and the editor of Agenda for a Sustainable America (ELI Press 2009) and Stumbling Toward Sustainability (ELI Press 2002).
Professor Dernbach coauthored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency. He was a member of the National Research Council Committee that, in Sustainability and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2011), made recommendations on how to institutionalize sustainability at EPA. His writings were extensively cited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in its landmark 2013 decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which has reinvigorated the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state constitution. Before taking his teaching position at Widener, Professor Dernbach worked in a variety of positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and served most recently as that agency’s policy director.
Kathleen Staks works to develop and implement policy regarding energy development across the state. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor’s office. Prior to joining DNR, Kathleen worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the Program Director for Open Space and Parks and Wildlife. In that position, she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Before working at GOCO, Kathleen worked on land conservation policy with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. Kathleen has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Matt Sura is an oil and gas attorney who specializes in the representation of land owners, mineral owners, and local governments. From 1996-2008 Matt worked with Western Colorado Congress – a non-profit organization based in Grand Junction, Colorado. During his time on the Western Slope, Matt worked with rural residents and communities that were struggling with oil and gas development that was occurring on their land and throughout the region. Now based in Boulder, he continues to assist families, communities, and local governments in their negotiations and legal disputes with the oil and gas industry. Matt’s practice also emphasizes real estate law, environmental law, and administrative law.
K.K. DuVivier (Moderator) has worked as a field geologist, practicing attorney, and has taught at the law school level since 1990 both at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. In addition to her 2011 book, The Renewable Energy Reader, she has over 100 publications. Her next book, and Energy Law test, is due out in 2015. Her current research focuses on hurdles to renewable energy, with a special emphasis on wind and solar.
Jacqueline Weaver is the A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Her teaching and research interests cover oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law. She is a co-author of the nationally used casebook titled Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the treatise International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements (Barrows Publishing 200 9). She also coauthors the Texas Law of Oil and Gas, a 3-volume treatise updated annually. She has lectured on topics in international petroleum transactions in Africa (Uganda, Angola and Namibia), Kazakhstan (as a Fulbright scholar), Lisbon, Bangkok and Beijing and is a frequent conference speaker in the US. She has written articles on energy markets, sustainable development in the international oil industry, comparative unitization laws in oil -producing nations, energy policy, and traditional oil and gas law topics. Professor Weaver holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a Candidate of Philosophy degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center .She worked in Corporate Planning and Marketing for Exxon Co. USA from 1971 to 1976.
Troy Rule is an Associate Professor of Law at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is the Faculty Director of ASU’s Program on Law and Sustainability. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he served on the Chicago Journal of International Law and was John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law & Economics. Prior to entering academics, Professor Rule was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on real estate transactions and wind energy development. His research on property and regulatory issues involving wind energy, solar energy, and domestic drones has been published in such journals as the UCLA Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. He is also author of Solar, Wind and Land: Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development (Routledge, 2014).
Kristi Disney is an attorney licensed in Colorado and is SDSG’s Executive Director. Kristi is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she completed J.D. and LL.M degrees, with specializations in Environmental Law & Policy and International Resources Transactions Law & Policy. Originally from East Tennessee, Kristi received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she majored in social work and minored in journalism and economics. Prior to her work with SDSG, Kristi worked on international trade and development issues in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India, Cuba, and Brazil; provided services to victims of violence and war trauma in the U.S., Ireland, and Bosnia-Herzegovina; and worked on toxic tort claims at a leading personal injury law firm in New York City.
Presentations & Supporting Material
Video and Audio
Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium – 48th Annual Conf on International Law, Morning Session, 10/10/2015
Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium – 48th Annual Conf on International Law, Afternoon Sessions, 10/10/2015
Bibliographies and Presentations
Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy, Myles S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer and Panel I Moderator
- “The Contours of Energy Justice,” in International Environmental Law and the Global South, Alam, Shawkat, et al, eds. (New York: Cambridge UP, 2015), 529-549. Print.
- “Global Energy Justice,” in International Energy and Poverty: The emerging contours, Routledge Studies in Energy Policy, Guruswamy, Lakshman D., ed. (New York: Routledge, 2015), 1-8, 55-67.
Ved Nanda, Panel I Panelist and 2015 Sutton Colloquium host
- “Sustainable Development,” International Energy and Poverty: The emerging contours, Routledge Studies in Energy Policy, Guruswamy, Lakshman D., ed. (New York: Routledge, 2015), 84-96. Print.
- “Human Rights of Women and Children under International Law—An Introduction,” Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 42:2 (Winter/Spring 2014): 101-118.
Steve Katsaros, Panel I Panelist
- Katsaros, Stephen and Neville, Elizabeth, “Globalization of Markets for ASETs,” International Energy and Poverty: The emerging contours, Routledge Studies in Energy Policy, Guruswamy, Lakshman D., ed. (New York: Routledge, 2015), 218-230.
Carla Fredericks, Panel I Panelist
- “Sustainable Energy for All — Tribal Natural Resource Development”, © 2015 Carla Fredericks.
Federico Cheever, Panel II Moderator
- Cheever, Federico and Dernbach, John C., “Sustainable Development and Its Discontents,” (July 22, 2015). Journal of Transnational Environmental Law,” Forthcoming; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-33. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2634664 .
Matt Sura, Panel II Panelist
- “Unconventional Oil and Gas and Sustainable Development”, © 2015 Matt Sura.
John Dernbach, Panel II Panelist
- Dernbach, John C. and May, James R., “Can Shale Gas Help Accelerate the Transition to Sustainability?” (2015). Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 57:1, 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2517926 .
K.K. DuVivier, Panel III Moderator
- DuVivier, K.K., “The Renewable Energy Reader” (October 11, 2011). U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-19 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1942454 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1942454.
Kristi Disney, Panel III Panelist
- Disney, Kristi, Community Leadership and Participation in Energy Development Projects © 2015 Kristi Disney.
Troy Rule, Panel III Panelist
- Rule, Troy, Past vs. Future: The Growing Tension between Renewable Energy and Cultural Preservation. © 2015 Troy Rule.
Jacqueline Weaver, Panel III Panelist
- Weaver, Jacqueline, Offshore Safety after Macondo: Lowering Risks through Regulation in the Gulf and Globally. © 2015 Jacqueline Weaver.
2014 – Reassessing International Economic Law & Development: New Challenges for Law & Policy
The 47th Annual Sutton Colloquium in partnership with the American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) presents
Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy—the 2014 Biennial ASIL IEcLIG Research Conference
(ATTN GUESTS: the conference hotel is the Hyatt Place Cherry Creek located at: 4150 East Mississippi Avenue, Glendale, CO 80246. Individuals attending the conference can call 888-492-8847 and either ask for the GROUP NAME rate or group code G-DU14; you can also book online by going to http://www.denvercherrycreek.place.hyatt.com and typing in G-DU14 in the group/corporate# box. The GROUP NAME rate will come up and you can book online).
Amartya Sen’s call for understanding development not only in terms of gross national product but also “in terms of the substantive freedoms of people” marked an important reframing of the legal and policy discourse around economic development.1 The resulting Millennium Development Goals focused much academic research in this area towards a more comprehensive understanding of development, one that would recognize economic growth as intrinsically tied to such areas as: environmental sustainability; food security; the reduction of extreme poverty, hunger, and child mortality; access to health; and the promotion of education and gender equality. International economic institutions like the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund have traditionally been at the center of promoting and managing economic growth; yet, these institutions also face challenges caused by recent financial crises, the need for food security and high energy demand, while preserving natural resources and the environment.
With the approach of the fifteenth anniversary of the Millennium goals and given these new and ongoing challenges, it is time to reassess the role that international economic law (IEL) has played and continues to play in development. How effective is IEL at promoting development, broadly construed? Under what conditions is it effective? In what ways should IEL norms and institutions be adjusted to accommodate growing concerns around climate change, energy demand, food security, and other issues?
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to host its 47th annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (Sutton Colloquium) in partnership with the American Society of International Law (ASIL). As this year’s Sutton Colloquium, we proudly host ASIL’s International Economic Law Interest group (IEcLIG) 2014 Biennial Research conference addressing the theme “Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy.” Over 60 leading scholars from around the world will present their academic work on the conference theme and on other important topics in international economic law (IEL). Panels will address the role of IEL in developing domestic strategies for development; regulating climate change and fostering clean energy strategies; addressing food security and technology transfer; and in promoting international financial stability.
We are pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker Professor Petros Mavroidis from Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. The conference will take place Thursday November 13 through Saturday November 15 and will include an informal opening reception Thursday evening, a keynote lunch on Friday, and a conference reception Friday evening. VIEW AGENDA HERE
Thank you to this year’s ASIL-IEcLIG 2014 Biennial Selection Committee:
Sungjoon Cho, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law * Greg Shaffer, Minnesota University School of Law * Michael Ewing-Chow, National University of Singapore * Phil Nichols, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School * Jeff Dunhoff, Temple University Beardsley School of Law * Jurgen Kurtz, University of Melbourne School of Law * Joel Trachtman, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy * José Alvarez, New York University School of Law * Rob Howse, New York University School of Law * Gabrielle Marceau, World Trade Organization * Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center * David Gantz, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law * Holger Hestermeyer, European Court of Justice * Phoenix Cai, University of Denver Sturm College of Law * Annecoos Wiersema, University of Denver Sturm College of Law * Tomer Broude, Hebrew University School of Law * Jason Yackee, University of Wisconsin Law School * Elizabeth Trujillo, Suffolk University Law School * David Zaring, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania * Sonia Rolland, Northeastern University School of Law * James Gathii, Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law.
2013 – International Legal Perspectives on the Future of Development
In 2000, world leaders convened at the United Nations Millenium Summit and established the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). This was an ambitious blueprint for ending extreme poverty by 2015, which included the goals of endign hunger, eradicating HIV and malaria, achieving access to clean and safe water, improving infant mortality and maternal health, attaining equal access to education for boys and girls, and working toward sustainable environmental policies and practices. The MDGs have achieved mixed success and as 2015 approaches, world leaders must set the post-2015 development agenda.
This year’s annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law assesses the impact of the MDGs and previews the post-2015 international development agenda. Please join our panels of scholars as they provide a variety of perspectives on the future of international development. Panel topics will include: 1. Energy and International Development; 2. Development and International Law; and 3. Changing Perspectives on Development and the post-Millennium Development Goals.
This year’s conference notably features the Ved Nanda Center’s Annual Cox Price Human Rights Award lecture by Peter Weiss, Esq. of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Mr. Weiss spearheaded the litigation of the path-breaking Filartiga case, which opened the doors for bringing to justice perpetrators of grave human rights violations abroad. Other keynote speakers are Professor David Stewart, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and Professor Michael Scharf, Associate Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Panelists include: Professor Jason Aamodt of the University of Tulsa Law School; Professor Upendra Acharya of Gonzaga University; Professor Chad Austin, U.S. Air Force Academy; Professor Lakshman Guruswamy of the University of Colorado School of Law; Dr. Anita Halvorssen, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professors Sally Hamilton and Haider Khan of the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies; Richard Leach, Esq., President and CEO of World Food Program USA; Dr. Luka Powanga of Regis University’s School of Management; Professor Anastasia Telesetsky of the University of Idaho College of Law; Mr. John Works of Engility-IRG, Corp.; and Professors K.K. DuVivier, Ved P. Nanda and Annecoos Wiersema of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
- Halvorssen, Anita – Using investors, specifically the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to influence Multinational Corporations (MNCs) to focus more on International Human Rights
- The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): A Short History of the World’s Biggest Promise – David Hulme
- Great Expectations for Post-2015: An Analysis of the High-Level Panel Report – Allison Anderson and Lauren Greubel
- Much ‘Unfinished Business’ After Millennium Development Goals Deadline, Secretary-General Warns In Remarks at Monaco Museum of Oceanography
- Book Review: Equality Among Unequals in International Environmental Law: Differential Treatment for Development Countries. By Anita Margrethe Halvorssen – Karl Ohlsen
- The Millennium Development Goals: Milestones or Millstones? Human Rights Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Mac Darrow
- Acharya, Upendra – Is Development A Lost Paradise? Trade, Environment, and Development: A Triadic Dream of International Law
- Upendra, Acharya – Globalization and Hegemony Shift: Are States Merely Agents of Corporate Capitalism?
- Chadwick, Austin and Mahmud, Amer – The Supreme Court Hands Out a Pass to Multinationals and Other Would Be Violators of the Law of Nations
- DuVivier, K.K. – Think Globally, Act Locally: The Role of State and Local Ballot Initiatives in International Environmental Law
- DuVivier, K.K. and Wetsel, Roderick E. – Chapter: Jousting at Windmills: When Wind Power Development Collides with Oil, Gas, and Mineral Development
- Halvorssen, Anita M – The 2010 Denver Conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association: International Law and Sustainable Development Tools for Addressing Climate Change
- Nanda, Ved – Climate Change, Developing Countries, and Human Rights: An International Law Perspective
- Nanda, Ved – Selected Aspects of International Trade and the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round: Overview and Introduction
- Scharf, Michael – Seizing the “Grotian Moment”: Accelerated Formation of Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change
- Scharf, Michael – The Tools for Enforcing International Criminal Justice in the New Millennium: Lessons from the Yugoslavia Tribunal
- Stewart, David and Dennis, Michael – Justiciability of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Should There be an International Complaints Mechanism to Adjudicate the Rights to Food, Water, Housing, and Health?
- Telesetsky, Anastasia – Binding the United Nations: Compulsory Review of Disputes Involving
UN International Responsibility before the International Court of Justice
- Telesetsky, Anastasia – Experimenting with International Collaborative Governance for Climate Change Mitigation by Private Actors: Scaling up Dutch Co-Regulation
- Wiersema, Annecoos – A Train Without Tracks: Rethinking the Place of Law and Goals in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
- Wiersema, Annecoos – The New International Law-Makers?: Conferences of the Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Saturday November 9, 2013
Jason B. Aamodt is the Assistant Dean for Online Legal Education at the University of Tulsa, where he administers two master degree programs in Energy and Indian Law, and teaches International Environmental Law and Water Law in the JD program. As a practicing attorney he represented tribes concerning energy, natural resources and trust matters. He also served as class counsel in a half-dozen cases, mostly regarding pollution. Mr. Aamodt and Dr. Guruswamy of the University of Colorado Law School are co-editing a book concerning International Development and Energy Poverty. Mr. Aamodt lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his lovely wife, Bea, and enjoys fishing with his Newfoundland Dog, Charlie.
Upendra D. Acharya
Upendra D. Acharya is a professor at Gonzaga University School of Law. He teaches public and private international law, political economy of law and development, contracts and administrative law. He has taught in many countries including China, Brazil, France, India, and Nepal. Professor Acharya has presented papers on human rights, humanitarian law, trade law and other areas of international law in North and South America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He was an attorney in a major human rights case (daughters’ inherent rights) in the Supreme Court of Nepal, in addition to having worked as counsel for a native American tribe.
W. Chadwick Austin
W. Chadwick Austin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Air Force Academy. Courses he has taught include International Law; International Humanitarian Law; and War Crimes, Genocide & Human Rights. He has served as Co-Director for the LOAC Competition for Military Academies at the Sane Remo International Humanitarian Law Institute & is a member of the Jean-Pictet IHL Competition committee. A Lt Col in the USAFR, he deployed to the Law & Order Task Force at FOB Shield, Baghdad, Iraq where he partnered with Iraqis on restoring judicial capacity and the prosecution of suspected terrorists.
K.K. DuVivier joined the Denver Law faculty in 2000 after teaching at the University of Colorado Law School since 1990. In 2013, she received the Sturm Faculty Excellence Award for best professor. Professor DuVivier has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2006, and she is currently chair-elect of the AALS Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law. She has presented at several national conferences and has over 100 publications in state bar journals and national law reviews. Much of her research and many of her recent speaking engagements have focused on the hurdles involved in deploying renewable energy, with a special emphasis on wind, solar and energy efficiency. Her book, The Renewable Energy Reader, was published by Carolina Academic Press in 2011.
Lakshman Guruswamy is Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a recognized expert in International Environmental and Energy Law. He is also Director of the Center for Energy & Environment Security (CEES), an interdisciplinary Center that seeks to find practical renewable energy solutions for the energy deficits confronting the globe while pursuing environmental justice for peoples of the developing world. He is widely published in legal and scientific journals, and his present scholarship is focused on access to energy for the Other Third of the world. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. He is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings around the country and the world.
Dr. Anita M. Halvorssen teaches Sustainable Development & Trade and Global Climate Change Law & Policy at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and is Director of Global Legal Solutions, LLC, an international think tank and consultancy. She was formerly a Senior Executive Officer at the Royal Ministry of Environment in Norway, and has worked at the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, in Denver, Colorado. She also taught courses at the University of Colorado, Boulder and was a Fellow at its Natural Resources Law Center (NRLC). Dr. Halvorssen has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization. Dr. Halvorssen is a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles Related to Climate Change. Furthermore, she does pro bono work for the Legal Response Initiative, which provides free legal support to the least developed country (LDC) delegations and NGOs in relation to the UNFCCC negotiations. Dr. Halvorssen received her first degree in law from the University of Oslo, Norway, and an LLM and a Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Sally Hamilton is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Degree Program in International Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She teaches a number of international development courses at the Josef Korbel School and has conducted research and published widely in the areas of anthropology (Latin America) and sustainable development. Her writing and research in the area of sustainable development focuses on the socio-political and environmental outcomes of sustainable development agendas promoted by bilateral and multilateral development organizations, nation states and the private sector. Dr. Hamilton holds a Master of Arts and PhD from the University of Kentucky and a BA from the University of North Carolina.
Haider A. Khan is currently a professor of economics at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He has served as a senior economic adviser to UNCTAD in Geneva; as a consultant to UNDP, ILO, ADB, the World Bank; and as the chief international adviser to the Arab Trade and Human Development project in Cairo, Egypt. He was a visiting fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo and at WIDER, Helsinki. He has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, People’s University, Beijing and several US and European Universities. His work ranges from modeling complex economic systems to the political and economic theories of democracy and justice. He has published more than fifteen books and over one hundred articles in professional journals.
Rick Leach serves as President and CEO of World Food Program USA (WFP USA), a nonprofit organization that builds support in the U.S. to solve global hunger. Under Leach’s leadership in 2012, WFP USA and a broad-based coalition of organizations launched “The Roadmap for Continued U.S. Leadership to End Global Hunger”, urging the U.S. government to continue to invest in a comprehensive approach to ending global hunger. Previously, Leach worked with the World Health Organization to develop a plan to halt the production and trade in counterfeit drugs. During the Clinton Administration, Leach served as Director of the Child Immunization Campaign, helping to address the low immunization coverage rates of children between birth and two years age. Earlier in his career, Leach served as the foreign policy advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Hunger, helping to shape Congressional policy on international development and humanitarian issues.
Ved P. Nanda
Ved P. Nanda is John Evans Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver, Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He currently serves as Honorary President of the World Jurist Association, as an elected member of the American Law Institute, as a council member-at-large for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice, and as Honorary Vice-President of the International Law Association – American Branch. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of several national and international scholarly societies and nongovernmental organizations. He was formerly Vice President of the American Society of International Law, 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. He is widely published and has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles in the various fields of international law.
Dr. Luka Powanga is a professor in the School of Management at Regis University and the Executive Director of the Global Commerce Forum. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Global Commerce Research and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is currently the US correspondent for CargoNews Asia a trade magazine based in Hong Kong. He holds a BSC degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing, Masters and PhD degrees in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines. He also holds a Masters degree in Computer Information Technology from Regis University. He specializes in international business, economic analyses and consults in mining and international business management. He has worked in the mining and telecommunications industry within and outside the United States. He taught at Colorado School of Mines before transitioning to Regis University. He has written a case study on the privatization of the Zambian copper mining industry and a textbook in economics published by McGraw-Hill.
Michael Scharf is the John Deaver Drinko – Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is also Managing Director of the Public International Law & Policy Group. Scharf has served as Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal. He is the author of 121 scholarly articles and sixteen books, including three that have won national book awards. Scharf produces and hosts the radio program “Talking Foreign Policy,” broadcast on Cleveland’s NPR station, available at: http://law.case.edu/TalkingForeignPolicy.
David P. Stewart
David P. Stewart is Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches public and private international law, international criminal law and foreign relations law among other subjects. He spent most of his career in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U. S. Department of State. He is a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, a reporter for the ALI project to revise the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law, and president-elect of the American Branch of the International Law Association.
Anastasia Telesetsky is associate professor at the University of Idaho College of Law where she teaches in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program. After graduating from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, she was a Fulbright fellow in the Philippines working on questions of environment and community development. In addition to her representation of Native American tribes and private clients, she represented the government of Ethiopia before the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission. She is currently the liaison for the American Bar Association to the Green Economy Community of Practice composed of representatives from intergovernmental organizations, States, and civil society. Her current research focuses on challenges to food security, shared natural resources, and global environmental governance.
Peter Weiss is President Emeritus of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy; Co-President of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms; Vice-President, Center for Constitutional Rights; member of the Board of Advisers of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights; and a former Vice President of the International Federation of Human Rights. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and has lectured and written widely on the international law of war and peace, nuclear weapons and human rights and was lead counsel in the landmark human rights case Filartiga v Peña Irala.. He is also a former President of the American Committee on Africa and former Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. He has long been an activist for peace in the Middle East and is a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for Peace Now. In 2006 he retired from making a living as an intellectual property lawyer.
Annecoos Wiersema holds the Ved P. Nanda Chair and is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, as well as being Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She received her first law degree (LL.B.) from the London School of Economics in England and her S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree in International and Environmental Law from Harvard Law School. Before joining the University of Denver, she was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and has also worked in the Denver office of Arnold and Porter and as a Visiting Scholar at the IMF. She writes about international environmental law and governance with a particular focus on the protection of species and ecosystems, with recent work focusing on REDD+. Her publications include The New International Law-Makers? Conferences of the Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements published in the Michigan Journal of International Law and A Train without Tracks: Rethinking the Place of Law and Goals in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, published in Environmental Law.
John Works is Senior Energy Manager at Engility-IRG, where he manages international energy projects by supervising the selection, preparation, placement, and support for all technical experts and interfacing with clients to ensure adequate quality control and achievement of project objectives. Mr. Works brings over 3 decades of progressively responsible work experience and cross-cultural and full-cycle understanding of the international energy arena from his work as a consultant, government official, corporate executive, investment banker, and lawyer. Mr. Works holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and JD from the University of Denver, and an advanced degree in International Economics from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
2012 – Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century: Sustainable Development vs. Sustainability
APPROVED FOR 8 GENERAL CREDITS, INCLUDING 2.4 ETHICS CREDITS. Cost: $150 for private sector, $100.00 for government/ nonprofit and $75.00 for alumni. Students, volunteers, and non-CLE seeking community members are FREE (lunch not included in FREE cost of admission).
In today’s world we aspire to foster economic growth and to achieve sustainability. But are these two goals compatible? In light of the shortcomings of the Rio + 20 Earth Summit, which one media syndicate labeled “a failure of epic proportions,” this year’s 45th Annual Sutton Colloquium addresses the current relationship between sustainable development and sustainability. We are joined by local, national and international legal and environmental experts who will share their perspectives on how “best” to preserve our earth for future generations. Confirmed speakers include:
- Mr. David Aronofsky, Adjunct Professor of Law and Education at the University of Montana
- Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Federico Cheever, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
- Mr. Luke Danielson of the Sustainable Development Strategies Group
- Professor Lakshman Guruswamy of the University of Colorado Law School
- Dr. Anita Halvorssen, Director of Global Legal Solutions, LLC and Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
- Mr. Howard Kenison, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum
- Professor Sarah Krakoff, University of Colorado School of Law
- Ms. Alice Madden, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado Denver
- Professor Stephen McCaffrey of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge Law School
- Professor Ved P. Nanda of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
- Mr. Andrew Reid, Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
- Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace Law School
- Ms. Linda Sheehan of the Earth Law Center
- Professor Laura Westra of the University of Windsor Law School
Topics will include the role and effectiveness of the rule of law and global environmental governance; the contrasting proposed approaches to the global environmental crisis, focusing on the advantages and shortcomings of each; and the future direction of international environmental law as we approach the limits of growth.
Articles and Other Publications:
- F. Biermann, et. al., Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance, SCIENCEDAILY.ORG (March 2012), http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6074/1306.full?sid=398e40d7-636f-4cf5-abc8-0036eae203aa.
- Lakshman Guruswamy, Energy, Justice and Sustainable Development, 21 Colo. J. Int’l Envtl L. & Pol’y 231 (2010).
- Lakshman Guruswamy, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, 8 Chap. L. Rev. 77 (2005).
- Lakshman Guruswamy, Sustainable Energy: A Preliminary Framework, 38 Ind. L. Rev. 671 (2005).
- Anita Halvorssen, Global Response to Climate change from Stockholm to Copenhagen, 85 Denv. U. L. Rev. 841 (2008).
- Anita Halvorssen, International Law and Sustainable Development—Tools for Addressing Climate Change, 39 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 397 (Summer 2011)
- Anita Halvorssen, The Kyoto Protocol and Developing Countries – the Clean Development Mechanism, 16 Colo. J. Int’l Envtl. L. & Pol’y 353 (2005).
- Sarah Krakoff, American Indian Tribes, Climate Change, and Ethics for a Warming World, 85 Denv. U. L. Rev. 865 (2008).
- Sarah Krakoff, Planetarian Identity and the Relocalization of Environmental Law, 64 FLLR 87 (January 2012).
- Ved P. Nanda & George (Rock) Pring, The Unfinished Agenda, INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (2003), Chapter 16
- Ved P. Nanda & George (Rock) Pring, The Next 40 Years: The Evolution of International Environmental Policy from 1972 to the Present, INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (2003), Chapter 4
- Ved P. Nanda, Climate Change and Developing Countries: The International Law Perspective, 16 ILSA JICL 539 (Winter 2010).
- Ved P. Nanda, Sustainable Development: International Trade and the DOHA Agenda for Development, Chap. L. Rev. (2005).
- George W. Pring, Specialized Environmental Courts and Tribunals at the Confluence of Human Rights and the Environment, 11 OR. Rev. Int’l L. 301 (2009).
- Nicholas A. Robinson, Beyond Sustainability: Environmental Management for the Anthropocene Epoch, Journal of Public Affairs, August 2012, at 181.
- Nicholas A. Robinson, Ensuring Access to Justice through Environmental Courts, 29 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 363 (2011)
- Nicholas A. Robinson, The United Nations Rio+20 Conference: Measured Deliberations.
- Laura Westra, Future Generations’ Rights: Linking Intergenerational and Intragenerational Rights of Ecojustice, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS 171-202 (Ved P. Nanda ed., 2011).
Powerpoints and Other Speaker Handouts:
- David Aronofsky & Emily Royer, Hidroaysén: Patagonia’s Megaproject, Is It Sustainable Development?
- Anita M. Halvorssen, Sustainable development and Climate Change:
Have we failed or is there some hope?
- Sarah Krakoff, Sustainability and Equity
- Alice Madden, Beyond Rio+20: Searching for the New Paradigm
- Earth Law Center 1 Page Handout
- The World Justice Project: Rule of Law Index 2011
- Overview of the World Justice Project
2011 – The Arab Spring & Its Unfinished Business: Law & Policy Issues
The 44th Annual Leonard v.b. Sutton Colloquium in International Law, The Arab Spring and its Unfinished Business: Law and Policy Issues, addressed issues surrounding the responsibility to protect, democratization and democratic movements in a post-911 world, the role of social media in the democratic movements in the Middle East and North Africa, and other unfinished business of the Arab Spring. The Colloquium took place on Saturday November 5, 2011 from 8:00am to 5pm and featured three panels (see conference agenda on left), a lunchtime program addressing social media, technology and the Arab Spring, and two exciting keynote addresses. Gary Hart, former Democratic Senator and commentator and expert on issues related to national security and terrorism, was this year’s Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecturer in International Law and provided the afternoon’s keynote address. Mr. Edward C. Luck, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Special Adviser on issues pertaining to the responsibility to protect, provided the morning’s keynote address. Mr. Luck was also this year; srecipien tof the Cox Price Human Rights Award. Colloquium panelists included Professor David Aronofsky from the University of Montana, Professor Orit Bashkin of the University of Chicago, Professor Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Professor Ved P. Nanda of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Lt. Col. Rachel VanLandingham of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Professors Robert Hazan and Amy Eckert of Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Professor Paul Williams of American University. The live event was approved for 8 CLE credits.
- David Aronofsky, The International Legal Responsibility to Protect Against Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: Why National Sovereignty Does Not Preclude its Exercise, 13 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 317 (2006-2007).
- David Aronofsky and Matthew Cooper, The War on Terror and International Human Rights: Does Europe Get it Right? 37 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 567 (2008-2009).
- Edward C. Luck, “From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect,” in Irwin Cotter and Jared Genser, eds., The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
- Edward C. Luck, The Responsibility to Protect: Growing Pains or Early Promise? found in Ethics & International Affairs, 24 No. 4 (2010), pp. 349-65.
- Edward C. Luck, The Responsibility to Protect: The First Decade, found in Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol 3, (2011), 1-13: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
- Ved P. Nanda, From Paralysis in Rwanda to Bold Moves in Libya: Emergence of the “Responsibility to Protect” Norm Under International Law—Is the International Community Ready for It?, forthcoming in the Houston Journal of International Law.
- Ved P. Nanda, The Global Challenge of Protecting Human Rights: Promising New Developments, 34 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 1 (2006).
- Ved P. Nanda, The Protection of Human Rights Under International Law: Will the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Emerging New Norm “Responsibility to Protect” Make a Difference? 35 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 353 (2006-2007).
- Paul R. Williams, Humanitarian Intervention: The New Missing Link in the Fight to Prevent Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide? 40 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 97 (2008).
- Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Libya, Authorizing ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Civilians, by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions, SC/10200, March 17 2011.
- ICRtoP: International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect
- Early Warning, Assessment, and the Responsibility to Protect, UN Document A/64/864 (14 July 2010).
- Implementing the Responsibility to Protect, UN Document A/63/677 (12 January 2009).
- The Role of Regional and Subregional Arrangements in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect, UN Document a/65/877-S/2011/393 (28 June 2011).
2010 – Drones & Their Implication for International Law
When the U. S. invaded Iraq in 2003, its total robotic arsenal included less than ten aerial drones. By 2010, the United States has in excess of 10,000 robots—including air, ground and sea-based systems. 44 countries are developing robotic capabilities in their armed forces. The 2010 Sutton Conference, Drones and their Implication for International Law addressed these and other questions: As technology becomes more precise, what level of civilian collateral damage is acceptable under the LOAC? Are some of the robotic systems, such as fully autonomous weapons, prohibited outright under the LOAC? Should they be? Does a robot have a right of lethal self-defense against an attacker? What is the relationship between human rights and the LOAC when the United States is deploying drones against insurgents hiding within a civilian population?
Materials & Handouts
- Garlasco, Marc. Precisely Wrong: Gaza civilians killed by Israeli drone-launched missiles. Human Rights Watch, 2009.
- Henderson, Ian. “Drones and the use of force under international law.”
- Nanda, Ved, Revisit laws on drone use, Denver Post, June 18, 2010.
- Newton, Michael. Reconsidering Reprisals (June 9, 2010). Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 20, No. 361, 2010; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 10-27. Available at SSRN.
- O’Connell, Mary Ellen. Unlawful Killing with Combat Drones: A Case Study of Pakistan, 2004-2009. SHOOTING TO KILL: THE LAW GOVERNING LETHAL FORCE IN CONTEXT, Simon Bronitt, ed., Forthcoming; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-43. Available at SSRN.
- O’Connell, Mary Ellen, “Lawful Use of Combat Drones”—Mary Ellen O’Connell Testimony Submitted to U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Hearing: Rise of the Drones II: Examining the Legality of Unmanned Targeting, April 28, 2010 (April 28, 2010).
- O’Connell, Mary Ellen. The Choice of Law Against Terrorism (August 5. 2010). Journal of National Security Law, Forthcoming; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 10-20. Available at SSRN.
- Paust, Jordan J., Self-Defense Targetings of Non-State Actors and Permissibility of U.S. Drones in Pakistan (December 8, 2009). Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Vol. 19, 2010; U of Houston Law Center No. 2009-A-36. Available at SSRN.
2009 “Sustainable Development, Corporate Governance, and International Law”
2008 “The War on Terror and Its Implications for International Law & Policy”
2007 “International Business, Trade, Investment, and Dispute Settlement”
2006 “Frontiers & Horizons in International Law: The View from DU”
2005 “Protecting Human Rights: A Global Challenge”
2004 “Collective Security and the UN”
2003 “International Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility”
2002 “International Terrorism, Ethnic Conflicts and Self-Determination”
2001 “NAFTA – Unresolved Issues: Dispute Resolution, Environment, Labor and Transportation”
2000 “Military Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds after Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and East Timor”
1999 “International Environmental Law and Policy”
1998 “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
1997 “The Celebration of 50 Years of the International Court of Justice”
1996 “The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict & the Response of the World Community”
1995 “The UN at 50: Responding to Challenges of the 21st Century”
1994 “The Road Since Rio…The Environment After the Earth Summit”
1993 “Implementing Universal Human Rights Standards”
1992 “NAFTA: Canada, USA, Mexico – Partners for Peace and Prosperity”
1991 “Use of Force in the Post-Cold-War Era”
1990 “Trade with the European Economic Community: Implications of the Unification Process”
1989 “International Narcotics Trafficking”
1988 “The Global Environment: An International Challenge”
1987 “International Terrorism: Challenge and Response”
1986 “Refugees: Close the Door? Response to a Global Challenge”
1985 “A World Free of Hunger: Challenges and Opportunities”
1984 “Crisis in Central America”
1983 “Nuclear Weapons and Human Survival”
1982 “International Terrorism: Challenges & Prospects”
1976 “Water Needs for the Future”