The Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award, has been presented to Colorado law professor Ved Prakash Nanda. Nanda, the John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, has taught at the university since 1965. He is among 85 individuals selected for Padma awards this year.
The award, given for distinguished service of high order, was announced on the eve of India’s Republic Day.
Nanda is also 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.
According to the biographical data on the university website, he is involved in the international law community as well. He is honorary president and past president of the World Jurist Association; counselor and former honorary vice president 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 to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Geneva, and vice chair of its executive council, and also served on the board of directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute and as a council member for the American Bar Association Section of International Law.
He is widely published in law journals and national magazines, has authored or co-authored 22 books in the various fields of international law and over 180 chapters and major law review articles. He is a distinguished visiting professor and scholar at a number of universities in the United States and abroad.
Nanda has been given a number of other awards including the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building.
Other Padma awards given this year include three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan, and 73 Padma Shri. Fourteen awardees are women, and 16 are foreigners or Non-Resident Indians. Three of the recipients have been honored posthumously, according to the Indo Asian News Service. The awards are given in various disciplines and activities like arts, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports and civil service.