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International Law Certificate of Specialization Award Ceremony
May 10, 2013 (Friday)
110 Boalt Hall, 2:00- 4:00 pm
Please join us in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the recipients of the Certificate of Specialization in International Law.
Light refreshments provided.
For more information, please contact Jake Feltham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Careers and Futures” Speaker Series
Kathleen Janus, Co-Founder, Spark
April 11, 2013 (Wednesday)
Blum Hall Plaza Level, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies
The Blum Center for Developing Economies is excited to announce the final installment of the "Careers and Futures" speaker series for this semester, which will feature Kathleen Janus, the co-founder of Spark, a nonprofit focused on building a community of young, global citizens promoting gender equality.
Ms. Janus focuses on advancing human rights and elevating the status of women around the world. An attorney, she has spearheaded numerous social justice initiatives. Ms. Janus is a co-founder of Spark, a non-profit focused on building a community of young, global citizens promoting gender equality. She also helped launch and direct Stanford Law School’s international human rights clinics in Namibia and South Africa, supervising Stanford students on fieldwork projects related to HIV/AIDS, water rights and rural women’s issues. Ms. Janus lectures widely on these topics and teaches courses at Berkeley Law School, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco Masters in International Studies Program. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA '00 and JD '03).
The “Careers and Futures” speakers series creates a relaxed, round table environment where students can engage with a diverse range of public leaders working domestically and internationally in poverty action.
For more information, visit the Cal Events page.
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar Lecture on “Human Trafficking and the Global Diffusion of Criminal Law”
Professor Beth Simmons, Harvard University
April 15, 2013 (Monday)
4:00-5:30 pm (reception to follow)
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Moderated by Kate Jastram, Berkeley Law
Beth Simmons is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Her publications include the award-winning book Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Professor Simmons’s current areas of research interest are the development of international rules for the protection and promotion of foreign direct investment, international legal cooperation to address transnational crime, and the diffusion of human rights through international and domestic law and politics.
For additional information, please contact Lynsay Skiba (email@example.com).
International Financial Regulation Workshop
April 19-20, 2013 (Friday-Saturday)
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy
The workshop focuses on the challenges that increased global competition poses for financial regulation, and the concerns that growing financial markets raise for the safety and soundness of the U.S. and global financial system.
U.S. financial institutions had long dominated international markets by developing international networks of clients and providing companies around the world with access to U.S. stock exchanges. However, increased globalization brought new challenges for U.S. regulators and policymakers. The last decade saw a wave of new financial centers, from London to Hong Kong and from Frankfurt to Shanghai, which challenge the U.S. markets’ preeminence in financial services. European stalwarts and emerging economies alike compete fiercely with the United States, diverting new capital away from American businesses, attracting thousands of jobs, and depriving tax revenue from the U.S. government. To improve their competitive position in the global marketplace, governments sometimes offer to private firms favorable regulatory treatment. In other cases, countries sought to address the growing needs of ever-expanding market by creating many new international bodies, which sought to harmonize financial regulation.
Amidst intensifying global competition for finance, the 2007-2008 crisis was a watershed event. Illustrious financial institutions, which had been previously considered the most highly sophisticated investors, reached collapse or near-collapse. As a result, stability concerns engulfed the financial system, leading the U.S. economy into a deep recession. Regulatory agencies failed to grasp the full extent of the problem. After addressing imminent risks, governments reevaluated their stance towards financial markets, abandoning the mantra of flexible regulation in favor of a more conscious effort to rein in financial excesses.