Fall 2013 Events

AUGUST 26, 2013 (MONDAY)

Welcome Reception for Incoming International Law Students
Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall), 5:00-7:00 pm

The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming law students interested in international law. Student will have the opportunity to meet members of the international law faculty, the International Law Society, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, and the Berkeley Journal for International Law, as well as current LLM students.    



September 9, 2013 (Monday)

“Political Movements as a Driving Force of Judicial Reform in the Dominican Republic"

Dr. Jorge Subero Isa
former President of the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic 
140 Boalt Hall, 12:45 pm

Co-sponsored with the Advanced Degree Programs Office

Dr. Jorge Subero Isa, the former President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Dominican Republic, will discuss the intersection and influence of laws, institutions, and politics in the judicial and legal reform processes in the Dominican Republic. 


September 11, 2013 (Wednesday)

“Chevron in Richmond: Cooperation and Conflict Around the Bay Area’s Largest Oil Refinery”
105 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm


•  John Gioia (’82), Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County; California Air Resources Board
•  Antonia Juhasz, Editor, The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report; Author, Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
•  Jamie O'Connell, Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Richmond, just north of Berkeley, hosts the second-largest oil refinery in California, owned and operated by Chevron, the eighth largest corporation in the world. Eighty-three percent of Richmond residents are people of color. Their average income places Richmond in the poorest 25% of California cities. Chevron has clashed with community activists over environmental and health issues, tax payments, and influence in local politics. Other Richmond residents focus on Chevron’s benefits, including jobs and support for community groups. Similar tensions arise around extractive industry facilities around the globe. 


 Tanks at Chevron's Richmond Refinery
Photo courtesy of Shayan Sanyal

Explosion and fire at the  
Richmond Refinery, August 2012



September 20-21, 2013 (Friday-Saturday)

Judging Faith Workshop: An International Dialogue on the Jurisprudence on Religion in Courts
Warren Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored with the IIS Institutions and Governance Program; the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs; the Robbins Collection; the ReliogWest Project of the Robert Schuman Center; the Institute of Governmental Studies; the IGS Anglo-American Studies Program; and the Politics of Religious Freedom Contested Norms and Local Practices Project

An invitation-only workshop.



Human Rights Backsliding

Profs. Andrew Guzman and Katerina Linos
Berkeley Law

100 Boalt Hall, 12:45 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Law and Society and the Law and Economics Workshop

A light lunch will be served from 12:15pm. 



Use of Force and Security Cooperation Workshop
Boalt Hall

Co-sponsored with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Invitation-only event.


November 4, 2013 (Monday)

“Palestine Refugees and the Quest for Peace Amidst Times of Conflict”

Filippo Grandi
Commissioner General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
110 Boalt Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm (reception to follow)


Filippo Grandi was appointed UNRWA Commissioner-General in January 2010 after having served as its Deputy Commissioner-General since October 2005. He has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work for the past 26 years, 22 of which have been with the United Nations. Prior to joining UNRWA, he distinguished himself in a variety of headquarters and field functions encompassing refugee assistance, protection, emergency management, donor relations and humanitarian and political affairs.

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5.1 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank, and Gaza. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by contributions.


Photos by Alex Turney


November 14, 2013 (Thursday)

"Prospects for Peace"

An Assessment by Ambassador Dennis Ross
Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former White House Special Middle East Envoy
Former Special Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia

105 Boalt Hall, 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored with
Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy, and Society,
Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies, Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program, Olive Tree Initiative, and Berkeley Hillel

To ensure a seat, please RSVP to Rebecca Golbert at rlgolbert@law.berkeley.edu.


November 20, 2013 (Wednesday)

Screening of “In This World”
132 Boalt Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm


Sponsored by the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Berkeley Law students are invited to attend a screen of  “In This World,” a 2002 docudrama directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film follows two young Afghan refugees, Jamal Udin Torabi and Enayatullah, as they leave a refugee camp in Pakistan for a better life in London.

Pizza will be served while supplies last.


November 22, 2013 (Friday)

ASIL Human Rights Interest Group Workshop
Boalt Hall

Sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at ASIL Academic Partner UC Berkeley School of Law

Invitation-only event.  The workshop will discuss works-in-progress on a range of topics in human rights law, including corporate responsibility for human rights violations, humanitarian intervention, and failures of the universal individualist approach to human rights. 


November 26, 2013 (Tuesday)

Presentations by Visiting French Scholars, University Jean Moulin- Lyon 3
105 Boalt, 12:45-2:00pm

Sponsored by the Advanced Degree Programs Office


The Advanced Degree Programs Office at Berkeley Law invites you to attend presentations by visiting French scholars from the University Jean Moulin-Lyon 3:

Jean- Sylvestre Berge – “Applying the Law in a Global Context”
Jerome Rive – “French Perspective on International Business and Management on MNCs”
Robert Sherratt – “Positions of European integration in France”

Each of the presentations will last 20 minutes and lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact the ADP office at adpoffice@law.berkeley.edu or 510-642-1476.