2011-2012 Events

The Miller Institute has hosted many engaging events for the Boalt Community, including our Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, conferences and symposia, and our lunchtime speaker series on topics such as rule of law, anti-corruption, and human rights.  


Lecture on "Measuring the Rule of Law:  The Work of the World Justice Project"

Bill Neukom
Founder and President

Juan Carlos Botero 
Executive Director

Alejandro Ponce
Chief Research Officer

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
3:30-5 pm
132 Boalt Hall


A public presentation on the mission and work of the World Justice Project.  


Lecture on "Corruption and Human Rights in India"

C. Raj Kumar
Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University
and Dean, Jindal Global Law School

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
12:45-2 pm 
(a light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm)
Dean’s Seminar Room (215B Boalt Hall) 

Co-sponsored with
Center for the Study of Law and Society
International and Executive Legal Education
Berkeley Center for Business Law and the Economy
Asia Society of Northern California


Corruption in India has become a growing and pervasive concern. It undermines not only the democratic institutions, but also the social fabric, political and bureaucratic structure of Indian society. In his recent book, Corruption and Human Rights in India, Prof. C. Raj Kumar examines corruption from a human rights perspective. Highlighting the inherent deficiencies in the existing institutions, mechanisms, laws, and law enforcement agencies, he strongly proposes the adoption of a multi-pronged strategy for eliminating corruption. This includes the creation of a new legislative framework, an effective institutional mechanism, a new independent and empowered commission against corruption, and greater participation of the civil society.

C. Raj Kumar is Professor and Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, and Dean, Jindal Global Law School. He is also a Member of the National Legal Knowledge Council. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his B.C.L., and a London Gammon Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he obtained his LL.M. He holds a Doctor of Legal Science (S.J.D.) from the University of Hong Kong. His areas of specialization include human rights and development, terrorism and national security, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, comparative constitutional law and legal education. 



Paul Hoffmann
Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison LLP

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
12:45-2 pm
(lunch will be served)
134 Boalt Hall

Co-sponsored with
Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights
Human Rights Center


On February 28, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on the issue of whether or not corporations could be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Less than a week later, the Court ordered new briefs and a rehearing in the fall on the issue of “whether and under what circumstances the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. §1350, allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States.” The decision in Kiobel may have profound implications for the ATS as a means of enforcing international human rights and upholding corporate liability.

Professor Saira Mohamed will moderate a discussion with Mr. Hoffman, lead attorney in Kiobel, about current ATS cases and the future of litigating international human rights claims in US federal courts.

Paul Hoffman is a member of the California bar and partner in the firm of Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP. He holds a J.D. from NYU Law School and Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics. He previously served for ten years as legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. He has argued a number of cases before the US Supreme Court including Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain (2004), the first ATS case to reach the high court. 



Pu Zhiqiang
Executive Partner
Beijing Huayi Law Firm

Friday, April 6, 2012
1-3 pm
170 Boalt Hall

Co-sponsored with Center for Chinese Studies


Pu Zhiqiang graduated from Nan Kai University with his bachelor’s degree in history, and obtained his master’s degree in law at the China University of Political Science and Law. He began his career as a lawyer in 1997 and is currently executive partner of Beijing Huayi Law Firm, as well as an advisor on legal affairs for a number of publications.

A respected civil rights lawyer in China, he is also one of the very few successful media lawyers who consistently takes on politically sensitive, high profile cases while still being tolerated by the authorities. Mr. Pu has represented Chinese writers and journalists in some important free speech cases in China, including the Chen Guidi case and the China Reform Magazine case.

In recent years, he has pioneered lawyers’ efforts to expand the freedom of speech and publication and the official tolerance on dissent through judicial procedure. Some of his cases include best-selling writer Zhang Yihe’s suit against the administrative ban order on her book in 2007; Ai Weiwei’s FAKE Company’s taxation case in 2011; and Sichuan earthquake dissident Tan Zuoren’s subversion case in 2009. Mr. Pu is also known for his frequent outspoken comments on public events in domestic and international media. 


2012 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium on "Enforcement of Private Judgments"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
12:30-5:30 pm
110 Boalt Hall

Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law
Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

The 2012 Symposium, organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law, will focus on the enforcement of foreign judgments and featured a keynote from John B. Bellinger III, Arnold & Porter LLP.  This will be followed by two panels:  one concerning foreign judgments in the context of the internet and media and the other concerning the legal disputes over judgments issued by Latin American courts.

Professor Harry N. Scheiber of Berkeley Law will receive the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of international law.  A reception and dinner in his honor will be held after the symposium.

For more information, please see the Symposium website.

  (left to right) Prof. David Caron, John B. Bellinger III (keynote speaker),
Maria Chedid (panelist), and Prof. Harry Scheiber (Riesenfeld Award winner)


Lecture on "Rule of Law and Mediation in India"

Hiram Chodosh
Dean and Professor of Law
Quinney College of Law
University of Utah

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law


Lunch will be served. The event is open to all, but if possible please RSVP to mayakarwande@berkeley.edu.

Co-sponsored with 
Berkeley Journal of International Law
International Law Society
South Asian Law Students Association

Hiram Chodosh, Dean of the University of Utah Quinney College of Law, will be at Berkeley Law to discuss his innovative research and work experience around mediation in India. Dean Chodosh has extensive experience and expertise in numerous fields, including ADR, negotiation and dispute resolution, comparative law, rule of law and regional expertise in the Middle East and South Asia.  


Roundtable on "Legal Hegemony in Africa: Reconsidering the Role of the ICC"

February 21, 2012
2 pm 4:30 pm
Warren Room (295 Simon Hall), Berkeley Law

This invitation-only discussion will explore the tension between the international preference for criminal accountability for atrocities and national/local understandings of how best to respond to these same events.


Lectur on "Is There a Post-Conflict Obligation?  Jus Post Bellum?"

Antonia Chayes
Professor of Practice in International Politics and Law
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:45-2 pm
132 Boalt Hall


Professor Antonia Chayes will explore the question of why nations – through international organizations and individually – enter into serious commitments of post-conflict reconstruction.  Is there an obligation to reconstruct a war torn society after intervention?  Or is there a humanitarian impulse at play regardless of intervention?  If there is an obligation, what is its nature?  Is it legal, or moral, or simply a practical necessity for self-protection?  Because of the tremendous open-ended nature of any such “obligation,” it is important to understand what might be the basis for it – as well as when and how it ever ends.

Professor Chayes is a prominent international legal scholar and practitioner, and is currently Visiting Professor of International Politics and Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she teaches courses on international treaty compliance and the law and politics of international conflict management.  Her research interests range across conflict resolution and peacebuilding; international courts; international organizations; nuclear strategy; nuclear weapons; international security and arms control; and treaty compliance.  


The Internet in Bello:  Seminar on Cyber War Law, Ethics & Policy

Friday, November 18, 2011, 9 am-4 pm 
Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law

Hosted by
International Committee of the Red Cross
American Society for International Law’s Lieber Society
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Keynote speaker: 
Colonel Gary D. Brown
USAF Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Cyber Command


The seminar will examine legal, ethical and policy issues posed by cyber warfare. While much attention has been paid to jus ad bellum issues – examining when and under what circumstances a cyber attack constitutes an armed attack for the purposes of self defense – relatively little discussion has focused on how cyber warfare might require new rules, or new interpretations of rules, regarding the conduct of hostilities, or the jus in bello, once armed conflict has begun.

For more information, visit the seminar website


Two Lectures by Judge Thomas van Danwitz, European Court of Justice

Co-sponsored with European Union Center for Excellence


“A Fresh Start for the Charter – Fundamental Questions on the Application of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights”
Thursday, October 27, 11:15 am-12:30 pm 12-1:30 pm [NOTE CORRECTED TIME]
223 Moses Hall

A light lunch will be served

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“Nondiscrimination in the Recent Jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice”
Friday, October 28, 11:15 am-12:30 pm
Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law

A light lunch will be served.


Massacre at Marzabotto: Italy's New Verdict on the Crimes of World War II

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 12-6 pm
105 Boalt Hall


Free and open to the public
Courtesy RSVP to ndonovan@law.berkeley.edu

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law & the Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, together with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Jewish Federation of the East Bay, are sponsoring three related programs in October 2011 that will explore Italy’s ongoing reckoning with the crimes of World War II. This series will focus on the largest single massacre of Italian civilians carried out by German troops in Italy, and one recent criminal trial that gave life sentences to ten Germans and fines of more than $100 million. Connecting the political to the personal, these programs will examine the high cost of the crimes of war to national governments as well as individual citizens today.

For more information, click here



Nazi War Criminals: Justice at Last?

Monday, October 24, 7 pm 
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law & the Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Life sentences and fines of more than $100 million were recently imposed on 10 Germans in connection with the infamous Italian Monte Sole massacre. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and actor Germano Maccioni joins Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Berkeley Law scholar Lenore Kitts, and Berkeley Law professors Richard Buxbaum, and Eric Stover for a conversation about Italy's war crimes trials and the connection between reparations and crimes committed against Italians and European Jews during World War II.

For more information, click here


Panel on "September 11:  Ten Years Later"

Friday, September 2, 12:45 pm
140 Boalt Hall

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law will be presenting a panel reflecting on the tenth anniversary of September 11.  The discussion will focus on the future:  What is the likely future of terrorism and, given what we have learned over the past decade, what is our way forward?  

The discussion will be moderated by Dean Christopher Edley and panelists will include Maria Echaveste, Saira Mohamed, Paul Schwartz, and Jonathan Simon from Berkeley Law. 


Lecture on "Revolution and Change in the Middle East: Policy Challenges for the United States"

Hon. Daniel C. Kurtzer
S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
former US Ambassador to Egypt and Israel

Tuesday, August 30, 4 pm
223 Moses Hall

Co-sponsored with
Institute for International Studies
Berkeley Program on Israel Studies


Revolutions, counter-revolutions and peace-process stagnation are presenting unprecedented challenges for the United States in the Middle East. Can the United States influence change or is the "American era" in the region drawing to a close? 


Conversation on "The International Court of Justice"

Tuesday, August 30, 12:30 pm
132 Boalt Hall


Co-sponsored with the American Society of International Law 

A conversation between Judge Joan Donoghue ('81) and Berkeley Law Professors Richard M. Buxbaum and Saira Mohamed.