Ved Nanda is John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, the Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the International Legal Studies Program, and Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
He serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute, is on the executive board of the American Bar Association Human Rights Center, and is a council member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Professor Nanda has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at numerous of universities in the United States and abroad.
Professor Nanda has been honored with numerous international and national awards, including the 2018 Louis B. Sohn Award for Public International Law from the ABA Section of International Law, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College, the World Jurist Association World Legal Scholar award, the United Nations Association Human Rights Award, and the Hiroshima Peace Award. Professor Nanda was honored in 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Professor Nanda has authored or co-authored 25 books in the various fields of international law, over 225 chapters and major law review articles, is a regular columnist for the Denver Post, and is a frequent contributor in print and electronic media internationally.
In addition to his academic experience, Mayer served as senior international trade and foreign policy advisor to former U. S. Sen. Bill Bradley from 1992 to 1993. In previous stints in Washington, Mayer served as an aide to Congressman Sander Levin, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, and as editor at the Close Up Foundation, an educational non-profit organization. From 1997 to 2000, he was director of Duke’s Center for North American Studies. Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy, both from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Senator Cory Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Yuma, a small town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where his family has owned a farm implement dealership for over a century. He lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in. Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. After working at his family implement business and the National Corn Growers Association, Cory took a position as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and quickly advanced to his Legislative Director.
He began serving in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005 where he spent time as the Minority Whip and became known for his expertise in natural resource and agriculture policy. Cory was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Cory championed a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that promoted traditional resources as well as renewable energy. In addition, Cory is a national leader on energy efficiency initiatives and founded a bipartisan energy efficiency caucus in the House.
In the Senate, Cory continues to pursue common sense energy policy as a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee. In addition, Cory serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Cory led the effort to impose broad new sanctions against North Korea, as the regime continues to be a leading abuser of human rights and its reckless advancement of nuclear weapons threatens our national security.
In 2020, Cory was ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Senator by The Lugar Center for his work in the 116th Congress to build consensus, elevate the tenor of debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues.
Cory is focused on expanding the economy, creating jobs, and making life better for all Coloradans.
He lives in Yuma with his wife Jaime and their three children: Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn.
Dr. Joseph Szyliowicz is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Service Award, the International Award for Science and Ethics in Transportation Research (Alliance for Transportation Research), the Educator of the Year award from the Denver Transportation Community, and the Burlington Northern Foundation award for outstanding scholarship. He has served as a consultant and reviewer to many governmental agencies such as the Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation, and the Transportation Research Board.
Professor Joseph Szyliowicz is the Founder of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver and served as its Director from 1990-1999. He also founded and directed the Technology, Modernization and International
Studies Program, University of Denver (1975-1984). He has served as the General Rapporteur for the International Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Developing Countries (Abu Dhabi, 2005) and as the International Co-Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Task Force of the China Council for International Cooperation and Environmental Development (2003-2008). He has been a member of the U.S. delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Intermodal Transportation Working Group (2001-2007) and has participated in several NATO Advanced Research Workshops.
Prof. Joseph Szyliowicz has been a Senior Fellow at various academic institutions including St Antony’s College, Oxford University, the Harry S. Truman Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies (both at Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and has taught and lectured at numerous universities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In conjunction with his work at Project C.U.R.E., Dr. Jackson has taught at the university level in the disciplines of finance, investments, leadership development, legal and international issues. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at colleges and universities, conferences such as TEDx, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations.
Dr. Jackson is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and is a past President of the Denver Rotary Club #31.