2017 Annual Leadership in Global Engagement Award & Dinner - Concluded  - 10.05.2017
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 Denver Council on Foreign Relations’ 2017 Leadership in Global Engagement 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 been introduced 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. As Past President of the World Jurist Association, he is now Honorary President. He serves on the board of the Human Rights Center of the American Bar Association, is a council member for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice, serves as a Member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights, and is Honorary Vice-President of the International Law Association - American Branch. He is an Elected Life Member of the American Law Institute, an elected member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, and an elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He was formerly Vice President of the American Society of International Law and now its counselor. He served as United States Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Association--Geneva, Vice-Chair of its Executive Council, and on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
Professor Nanda’s 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.