Professor Ved Nanda taught at the University of Denver since 1965. At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, he held the distinctions of John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law and is the Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the International Legal Studies Program. In 1971, Professor Nanda founded the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, one of the first international law journals in the country. He was also the Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, launched in his name in 2006 through a generous founding gift from DU Law alumni and friends, Doug and Mary Scrivner. Other alumni have since established the Ved Nanda Professorship in International Law in his honor.
Professor Nanda has been significantly involved in the global international law community throughout his career. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now its Honorary President, former Vice President and counselor of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He was formerly the United States Delegate and Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations in Geneva and served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also 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 earned a B.A. and M.A from Punjab University in India and earned his L.L.B and L.L.M from Delhi University in India, where he graduated first in his class. He went on to earn another L.L.M. from Northwestern Law School in Chicago and was a Graduate Fellow at Yale Law School in New Haven. He has also received honorary doctorates from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan and from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India.
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.