2017 Recipient of the Leadership in Global Engagement Award

On May 10th, DCFR concluded its exciting year by hosting the 2017 Leader in Global Engagement Award celebration where the award was presented to Professor Ved Nanda.  This annual event was the organization’s fourth gala in which it awarded an outstanding patron of the Rocky Mountain Region for their historic contributions to the international community. 

Professor Ved Nanda is not only a pillar of the local Denver community, but one whose extensive contributions to the national and international law communities have earned him this year’s Award.

Born in India, Professor Nanda earned his B.A., M.A., from Punjab University, India, 1952.  He continued his education, earning his LL.B. in 1955 and his LL.M. in 1958 from Delhi University, India.  By 1962, he had earned his LL.M. from Northwestern University, Graduate Fellow, Yale  University.  Having beenintroduced to International Law at Yale—one of the first U.S. schools in this discipline—he moved to Denver in 1965 to teach at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law where he introduced the International Human Rights & Law course—the second in the nation.  By 1972, he had created the school’s International Legal Studies Program and the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

Currently, Professor Nanda is the Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  He was awarded the University of Denver’s John Evans Distinguished University Professor in addition to the Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Professor Nanda actively participates on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of several national and international scholarly societies and nongovernmental organizations. His awards include the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College (2004), the World Jurist Association’s Highest Order of Justice “World Legal Scholar Award” in Beijing, China (1990), and the United Nations Association Human Rights Award (1997). He has received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India.

Widely published, Professor Nanda has authored or co-authored 25 books and more than 200 major law review articles and chapter in the various fields of international law.  He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and writes regularly on international issues for The Denver Post.