International Current Events
OCTOBER 2012: DELEGATION VISIT BY CHINESE SUPREME PEOPLE'S PROCURATORATE TO LEARN ABOUT ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES
Berkeley Law's IELE program hosted a visit by the Chinese Supreme People's Procuratorate (CSPP), the highest central government agency responsible for conducting legal investigations and prosecutions in the People's Republic of China. The 20-member delegation of provincial leaders organized by Deputy Director Haibin Ma and Deputy Division Chief Zhao Yang from the CSPP's General Bureau of Anti-Corruption met with former federal magistrate Judge Wayne Brazil and Prof. Frank Zimring to learn about the role of prosecutors in the U.S. criminal law system.
They also heard special guest lectures on the role of federal, state and county prosecutors in combating corruption by Morrison & Foerster partner Steven Freccero, who previously served as Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel to Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; and David Angel, Special Assistant District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara.
OCTOBER 2012: IELE NEGOTIATIONS WORKSHOP IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Berkeley Law's IELE program sponsored a three-day Negotiations Skills Workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil in collaboration with Tozzini Freire Advogados, a leading Brazilian international law firm. The purpose of the Negotiations Skills workshop was to introduce 80 Brazilian lawyers to advanced concepts and professional skills used in effectively negotiating cross-border transactions. The three-day training workshop was led by Berkeley Law IELE faculty instructor Jessica Notini, who has taught dozens of advanced seminars on Negotiations, ADR and Mediations in Spain and Mexico, currently serves on the ADR Executive Committee for the Alameda County Bar Association, and also served as Chair of the State of California ADR Committee from 2003-2008.
OCTOBER 2012: NBTC-Broadcast Media Program at Berkeley Law IELE
Several newly appointed NBTC Commissioners and senior legal advisors in charge of the Thailand Government's Broadcast Media Committee, including Chairman Colonel Natee Sukonrat and Commissioner Thawatchai Jittrapanun, participated in this year's "Regulating Broadcast Media" IELE training program at Berkeley Law campus led by former AT&T executive Jim Tuthill. Training delegates learned about the U.S. regulatory framework that governs media content regulation and the underlying competition principles. This year's Broadcast Media program included special guest lectures and presentations on next-generation IPTV initiatives by Federal Communications Commission Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Jonathan Levy, Bittorent CEO Eric Klinker and other digital media experts.
SEPTEMBER 2012: Berkeley Law IELE Welcomes NBTC-Telco Delegation
Berkeley Law IELE welcomed the third annual training delegation from Thailand Government's National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Under the leadership of NBTC Commissioner General Sukhit Khamasundara, this year's NBTC-Telco training program focused on legal regulatory issues related to the upcoming 3G wireless spectrum auction taking place in Thailand. The NBTC-Telco training delegates presented their on-campus team research projects on subjects related to Competition, Innovation and Broadband Policy to an expert panel that included AT&T's Executive Director of International and Regulatory Affairs Jake Jennings. U.S. State Department Ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) Terry Kramer and Dr. Robert Shapiro, Chairman of Sonecon, also made special presentations on pro-competition policy frameworks.
JULY-AUGUST 2012 Certificate in American Law IELE programs:
More than 70 overseas lawyers, business executives and law students from 16 countries participated in the Summer IELE Certificate in American law training programs that took place between July and August 2012 at Berkeley Law campus. Participants learned about international business transactions, intellectual property law, international arbitration, as well as the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system in courses taught by Berkeley Law faculty and expert practitioners. Participants also met with Chevron Corp.'s General Counsel Edward B. Scott, and attended a special presentation on "Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions" at the San Francisco offices of KL Gates LLP: http://www.scribd.com/doc/110247061/Summer-IELE-Certificate-Programs-2012-Highlights#page=1. Berkeley Law's IELE program welcomed training delegations from Tsinghua Law School, Jagiellonian Law School and Zhejiang Law School, as well as lawyer participants from diverse regions of the world.
MAY 2012: Koret Foundation Provides Grant Funding for Jagiellonian Law Students' Study Program at Berkeley Law IELE
Koret Foundation announced that it will provide $20,000 in grant funding for twelve (12) law students and lawyers selected by Jagiellonian Law School in Krakow, Poland to attend an accelerated summer study program in American Law at Berkeley Law School's International and Executive Legal Education (IELE) program. The Koret grant was announced at a May 2 reception at San Francisco's City Hall, to commemorate Poland National Day. Honorary Consul to Poland and President of the Koret Foundation, Tad Taube, and his Co-Consul Christopher Kerosky spoke of the importance of building higher educational ties between the U.S. and Poland.
APRIL 2012: JINDAL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY's VICE CHANCELLOR VISITS BERKELEY LAW
Jindal Global University's Vice Chancellor and Dean Raj Kumar visited Berkeley Law School to meet with Dean Christopher Edley, and to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation on numerous matters between their respective law schools, including research, teaching and joint development of executive education programs for government and commercial lawyers in India. Vice Chancellor Kumar also gave a lecture co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges & the Law on his new book "Corruption and Human Rights in India," published by Oxford University Press.
March 2012: Legendary venture capitalist William H. Draper III gives lecture on his new book "The Start-Up Game"
William H. Draper III, one of the Bay Area's best known venture capitalists, gave a lecture to a standing room-only audience of Berkeley students about his pioneering work in the venture capital industry, and his new book on the subject, "The Start-Up Game." Mr. Draper spoke of the importance of the symbiotic relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, and shared his insights on the strategies of successful entrepreneurs and innovators. The lecture was co-hosted by the Haas Business School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.
January 2012: Berkeley Law IELE Signs MOU with Poland's Jagiellonian Law School for Summer Certificate in American Law Program
In January 2012, Berkeley Law's International and Executive Legal Education (IELE) program signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jagiellonian Law School, for the joint implementation of a new Certificate in American Law program that will start in August 2012. Dean Krystyna Chojnicka and Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. signed the MOU for their respective law schools. The MOU was brought about, thanks in large part, to the educational bridging of the San Francisco-Krakow Sister Committee, which will host a special reception in August for the first delegation of lawyer and law student participants from Poland.
November 2011: CUPL Signs MOU with Berkeley Law School IELE to Develop Judicial Training Programs
Berkeley Law's IELE program signed an Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation with China University of Politics & Law (CUPL) to jointly develop an annual training program for Chinese judges. Executive Director Helene Kim was also in Beijing to meet with directors from the People's Supreme Court and the National Judges College to discuss future cooperation on legal training programs for senior Chinese judges.
November 2011: Berkeley Law Dean Attends Shanghai Jiaotong MOU Signing
On November 12, 2011, Berkeley Law Dean Christopher J. Edley, Jr. and IELE Executive Director Helene Kim attended the historic MOU signing ceremony between UC-Berkeley and Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China. The two universities' Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Cooperation was signed by UC-Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and Shanghai Jiaotong University President Zhang Jie. The MOU signing was occasioned by Chancellor Birgeneau's inaugural visit to Shanghai, as part of the annual Berkeley Alumni Ball hosted by the Berkeley Club of Shanghai.
October 2012: 9th Annual US-China Legal Exchange by US Dept. of Commerce and China's MOFCOM
On October 17, 2011, Berkeley Law's IELE program was invited to co-sponsor and participate in the annual US Dept. of Commerce-Chinese Minstry of Commerce conference on US-China Law. This year's conference focused on key developments in China's Anti-Monopoly Laws and tort regulations, and the welcoming remarks were delivered by U.S. Dept. of Commerce General Counsel Cameron Kerry and China's MOFCOM Deputy China International Trade Representative Chong Quan . Other distinguished speakers and panelists included Mr. Du Tao, Deputy Director General of Civil Law Office, Legislative Affairs Commission, Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, and Mr. Wang Zhihua, Division Director of the Anti-monopoly Bureau at MOFCOM, along with Berkeley Law adjunct professor Sam Miller and IELE Executive Director Helene Kim, who formerly served as U.S. Special Counsel to MOFCOM predecessor MOFTEC's Shanghai law firm.
September 2011: Renmin Law Vice Dean Lin Jia and Asst Dean Ding Xiangshun Welcomed at Berkeley Law School
On September 29, 2011, Renmin Law School's Vice Dean Lin Jia visited Berkeley Law School for the first time, to meet with Dean Christopher Edley. The two Deans discussed various areas of proposed academic cooperation, and Renmin Law's Asst. Dean Ding Xiangshun accompanied the visits. Dean Lin Jia also met with IELE Faculty Chair Prof. Stephen Sugarman to discuss their common research interests in food safety regulation.
September 2011: Shanghai Jiaotong University President ZHANG Delivers Inaugural Lecture at Berkeley Law School
President Zhang Jie of Shanghai Jiaotong University delivered his inaugural lecture to a crowded audience of students and faculty organized by Berkeley Law School's IELE program and the Berkeley Chinese Students & Scholars Association. President Zhang described his vision for future academic cooperation and talent cultivation between the top research universities in China and the U.S. His lecture was occasioned by a ten-member Shanghai Jiaotong delegation visit to UC-Berkeley on that same day. The SJTU delegation members, who included Prof. Yang Guo Yan, Director of SJTU's BioMED-X Institute, International Office Director Prof. William Zhang and Executive Vice President of SJTU Foundation Jin Wei, also met with UC-Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer and many other distinguished Deans and Dept Chairs during their daylong visit.
July 2011: Haas Corporate Board Diversity Forum Co-sponsored by IELE
Berkeley Law IELE participated in and co-sponsored the first Corporate Board Diversity Forum at the Haas School of Business, organized by New America Alliance Vice Chair of Governance and Berkeley Law alumnus Tony Qintero. IELE's Executive Director Helene Kim served as a panelist and spoke on the newly emerging hiring paradigm of "Global Diversity." Other panelists and speakers included Haas Business School Dean Rich Lyons, Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley; Moe Vela, former Former Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President Al Gore; Hispanic-Net President Michael Lopez, Latinos in Finance President Oscar Gonzalez, Stanford Law Prof. Bill Ong. Berkeley Law IELE thanks programs sponsors Mr. and Mrs. William Draper III, Equilar Inc., and Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LP for their generous funding and support for this program.
June 2011: Berkeley Law IELE Signs MOU with Tsinghua Law School
On June 2012, Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley visited Tsinghua Law School and met with Dean Wang Zhemin, as part of Dean Edley's inaugural visit to Bejing to attend the US-Sino Conference of Law Schools. The two Deans signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Cooperation, to conduct collaborative research on legal topics, and develop executive legal training programs and academic conferences.
June 2011: Berkeley Law IELE Signs MOU with Shanghai Jiaotong Koguan Law School
On the occasion of his inaugural trip to China, Berkeley Law Dean visited the campus of Shanghai Jiaotong Koguan Law School to meet with Dean Ji Weidong and sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Cooperation. The two law schools agreed to undertake several projects focusing on international law, including projects related to intellectual property law training and joint development of executive training programs for Chinese international lawyers.
June 2011: Yonsei Law Dean Visits Berkeley Law School and Delivers Lecture on North Korean Foreign Investment Laws
On June 14-15, 2011, Yonsei Law School Dean Hyunyoon Shin visited Berkeley Law School to deliver his inaugural lecture on the topic of North Korean Foreign Investment Laws & Regulations. He was accompanied by Associate Dean of International Affairs Prof. Joongi Kim. Dean Shin's lecture was part of an all-day seminar sponsored by the Berkeley Law IELE program on topics related to Economic Development in North Korea. Panelists included leading North Korea strategy experts Dr. Peter Hayes and Scott Bruce from the Nautilus Institute; Philip Yoon from the Asia Foundation; and Dr. Bruce Pickering from the Asia Society.
May 2011: Thailand Govt. National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commissioner Sudharma Yoonaidharma Lectures at Media Regulation Symposium.
May 27, 2011, NBTC Commissioner and Prof. Sudharma Yoonaidharma delivered a guest lecture at the Berkeley Law IELE symposium on "Social Transformation and the Role of Media Regulation in Thailand." The symposium was held as part of the second annual IELE training program for the Thailand government's National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on media and telecommunications industry regulations. Special guests included Deputy Chief Justice Mr. Sornchai Sirariyakul and Presiding Judge Saowalak Jullamon of the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, who were awarded Certificates of Recognition by Dean Christopher Edley.
April 2011: Berkeley Law IELE Participates in Tsinghua Law's Global Legal Education Conference in Beijing
On April 23-24, 2011, Tsinghua Law School sponsored a two-day conference on Global Legal Education trends, which featured panelists and speakers from leading law schools in China, Korea, Singapore, Canada, Australia, England and the U.S. Berkeley Law IELE's Executive Director Helene Kim spoke on a panel about current innovations in the delivery of international legal education programs. The two-day conference was part of Tsinghua University's Centennial Celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of its campus opening, and was attended by UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.
November 2010: Beijing High Court Sends Judges Training Delegation to Berkeley Law School
Berkeley Law IELE hosted and organized a week-long training program for a delegation of senior-ranking Chinese judges sponsored by the Beijing High Court. The judicial training program included lectures by IELE Director Judge Wayne Brazil and Berkeley Law Prof. Eleanor Swift, as well as visits with state and federal court judges to understand the workings of the American legal system.
August 2010: UNAM Legal Training Delegation Visits Berkeley Law
A delegation of Mexican in-house lawyers and governmental lawyers visited Berkeley Law School for a weeklong training program organized by the IELE program. The delegation was sponsored by the diplomado corporativo law program at UNAM in Mexico City. The group engaged in workshops, lectures and seminars on topics related to human rights and international law. They also visited the San Francisco offices of international law firm Morrison & Foerster to hear a lecture by partner Arturo Gonzalez, who serves as President of the San Francisco Bar Association.
June 2010: Cisco Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Chandler Delivers Lecture to Thailand Govt.'s NBTC Delegation
A 20-person delegation sponsored by the Thailand government's National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and led by Commissioner Pana Thongmeearkom visited the offices of Cisco Systems in San Jose, California to benchmark best practices in industry regulations. Cisco Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Chandler delivered a lecture on the driving forces of innovation in Silicon Valley to the NBTC group. The lecture was part of the first annual IELE-NBTC training program held at Berkeley Law campus.
May 2010: Berkeley Law Signs MOU with Yonsei Law School
On May 9, 2010, Associate Dean Andrew Guzman and Executive Director Helene Kim of Berkeley Law's International and Executive Legal Education (IELE) program visited Yonsei Law School in Seoul Korea, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The two Law Schools agreed to develop a Dual Degree LL.M. program whereby selected Yonsei LL.B. students will complete their LL.M. degree at Berkeley Law in two summers.
April 2010: Shanghai Jiaotong Koguan Dean Ji Weidong Visits Berkeley Law School
Berkeley Law's IELE program invited Dean Ji Weidong from Shanghai Jiaotong Koguan Law School to visit Berkeley Law campus and meet with several faculty and Berkeley Law research centers about broad-based academic cooperation between the two Law Schools. The delegation included Asst. Dean of International Affairs Prof. Xu Xiaobing and Associate Dean and Prof. Xu Xianghua.
April 2010: Tsinghua Law School Vice Dean's Inaugural Visit to Berkeley Law School
On April 6, 2010, Berkeley Law's IELE program hosted and organized the inaugural visit of Tsinghua Law School's Vice Dean and Prof. Shen Weixing, as part of the annual Berkeley-Tsinghua Celebration Week. Prof. Shen met with several Berkeley Law Deans and faculty to discuss academic research and program cooperation between the two law schools.
March 2010: Berkeley Law IELE Establishes International Advisory Council (IAC)
Berkeley Law School's IELE program established a new International Advisory Council to support and represent international programs at Berkeley Law. Twenty-two Berkeley Law alumni were nominated and appointed by the IELE program to serve as IAC members in regions of Asia-Pacific, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.