International Legal Studies Program Year in Review

In light of the May 1st launch of the DU Strategic Plan Blog and April 28th 2010/11 Academic Year End, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a “Year In Review” of the  International Legal Studies Program.

In August of 2010, one week before the start of the Fall 2010/11 semester, the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law (Ved Nanda Center) welcomed its new Administrative Director, Karlyn K. Shorb– an attorney from the nonprofit sector and DU Sturm College of Law alumni.   This position was created as a result of the Strategic Plan intitiative and Ms. Shorb is tasked with helping the International Legal Studies Program and the Ved Nanda Center implement the goals of the strategis plan. Shortly thereafter, the International Legal Studies Program and the International Law Society (ILSP/ ILS) kicked off the Fall 2010/11 semester with an ILSP/ILS welcome reception for 1L students.  This reception– a tradition for the ILSP and ILS– was a great success and, in addition to providing ILS students the opportunity to mingle and network with ILS alumni, helped the ILS recruit some fabulous 1L Representatives.   The ILS is one of the most active groups on campus.

Professor Nanda and Mr. Tony Carroll

Mr. Tony Carroll and Prof. Ved Nanda

In October, the ILSP, The Ved Nanda Center and the ILS welcomed speaker Tony Carroll –Vice President of Manchester Trade Ltd– who gave a talk on international aid in Africa and other developing countries.  Mr. Carroll is an alumni of the Sturm College of Law, as well as an alumni of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy

The ILS and ILSP also celebrated United Nations Day in October by bringing in a panel of speakers from the United Nations Association, as well as Chief Judge Randal Steckel of the Suquamish Tribal Court.  Judge Steckel is also a Sturm College of Law alum!


U.S. Air Force Drone flies over Pakistan

November of 2010 featured the ILSP’s biggest event-  the 42nd Annual Sutton Colloquium.  The event was generously sponsored by the Ved Nanda Center and brought in over 120 people–comprising of alumni, students, attorneys and local military personnel.  The conference addressed the very timely issue of Drones and Their Implication for International Law.  (Folks interested in this topic can still access the conference materials by clicking on the above link). 

For the past 42 years, it has been a tradition for panelists from the colloquium to contribute scholarly articles to be published in a special edition of our school’s very own Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.  The Drones Edition of the Sutton scholarship is scheduled to publish in the Fall of 2012.

The new semester welcomed the Nanda Center’s annual visiting scholar– Professor Gayane Davidyan of Moscow State University.  During her weeklong stay, Professor Davidyan guest lectured to a number of International and Comparative law classes, attended a Colorado Bar Association International Law Section luncheon, and spoke at a reception hosted by the Ved Nanda Center.  Professor Davidyan’s trip has also led to further discussion with Moscow State University sbout DU law students externship possibilities with firms in Moscow, as well as to a discussion about possible study abroad opportunities for students in Moscow.

Additionally, DU hosted the North American Pacific Regional Rounds of the International Environmental Moot on January 28 and 29.  This effort, which was spearheaded by Professor Annecoos Wiersema, brought in students from all over the Northwest who competed in Denver in order to try to advance to the finals in Washington D.C..

February was an incredibly busy month for the ILSP and the Nanda Center!  On Friday, February 18th, the ILSP, the Nanda Center and the Environmental and Natural Resources Program welcomed Chief Justive Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia–the oldest specialized environmental court in the world.  This specialist court is roughly 20 years old and is recognized as an innovative model for tribunals handling cases in environmental jurisprudence.  A public interest legal center in Syndey has written: “One of the great strengths of the Land and Environment Court is its power to grant civil remedies such as injunctions and declarations in repsonse to breaches of environmental laws.  This has enabled public interest litigants to protect the environment by bringing such matters before the court.”  (See  Justice Preston is praised for helping to develop similar judicial forums throughout Australia and Asia. 

Justice Preston spoke to a group of 35 students and faculty on Friday, February 18th at noon and that evening the Nanda Center hosted a reception in his honor. 

The last week of February welcomed students from the West and Southwest who competed in the Superregional Competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot.  The Superregionals were hosted for the first time by the University of Denver and the Nanda Center–and is a tradition we hope to continue. 

Professor Dinah Shelton, the first woman to present the McDougal Lecture

 On Saturday, February 26th, in conjunction with the Jessup Superregionals, the ILSP hosted its annual 2011 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law.  The Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture in International Law is a thirty five year old tradition for the ILSP at the Sturm College of Law and has featured some of the most influential legal minds of our time.  This year’s lecturer was Professor Dinah L. Shelton, President of the Inter-american Commission on Human Rights.  Professor Shelton spoke on “Lawyers, Judges and the Law of Nations: International Law in U.S. Courts.”   DU’s own Jessup team traveled to Portland to compete.

April was also a very busy month for the SCOL’s International Legal Studies Program and Nanda Center.  The Denver Journal of International Law and Policy’s (DJILP)Annual Alumni Dinner, which took place on March 31st, kicked off April’s events.  The Nanda Center, which was a sponsor of the Annual DJILP Alumni Dinner, brought in a keynote speaker for the event.  The keynote speaker was the Nanda Center’s 2011 Cox-Price Human Rights Award recipient, Mr. William Pace of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy.  Mr. Pace, who spoke on the topic of the International Criminal Court, has been a life-long human rights and peace activist and since 1994 has championed support for a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC).  Indeed, in 2001, Mr. Pace was awarded the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.  He was awarded such medal for being one of the “cardinal figures in the creation of a permanent International Criminal Court.”  The ICC in the Hague, Netherlands is the first ever permanent, treaty based, international criminal court and was created in 1998 as a result of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  Mr. Pace is also an alumni of the University of Denver.

Next, the Nanda Center hosted its 3rd Annual Henry and Mary Bryan Lecture featuring Mr. Gilbert Porter, also a DU alum.  Mr. Porter, former Editor-in-Chief of the DJILP, is a partner in the law firm HaynesBoone—one of America’s largest law firms.  Mr. Porter spoke on the topic of Global Power and Energy needs in a post-Tsunami  world.  Mr. Porter’s lecture was followed by a roast from two of his former classmates—and former DJILP members—Mr. Ian Bird and Mr. Douglas Scrivner.  To view Mr. Porter’s lecture, please click here

Finally, on April 14th, the Nanda Center sponsored a lunchtime talk and afternoon reception in collaboration with the Sturm College of Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Program (ENRLS).  These events featured Sir David A. O. Edward, a former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (aka. European Court of Justice).  Judge Edward, though not an alumni, has a strong connection with the Sturm College of Law through faculty member Don C. Smith who collaborated with Judge Edward to create an Oral History and anthology of Judge Edward’s life as a judge of the European Courts in Luxembourg.

Please join us this summer, via the blog, for previews of the next Academic Year’s programming and events, as well as for more discussion on how we’re working toward full implementation of the strategic plan initiative!

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