Spring 2014 Events


January 14, 2014 (Tuesday)

Brown Bag Lunch Talk:  Careers in International Law

Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director, American Society of International Law
134 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm

Join us for a brown bag lunch talk with Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director of the American Society of International Law, on careers in international law.

Before joining ASIL in 2006, Ms. Andersen served as the Executive Director of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI), and as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe & Central Asia Division. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Williams College, from which she received the College’s Bicentennial Medal in 2006. Her areas of expertise are international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law, international development, and the law of international organizations.

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International Law Career Panel and Speed Mentoring Event 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 5:30-8:00 pm
University of San Francisco Law School, Faculty Lounge, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco

Sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the University of San Francisco

Elizabeth Andersen will appear as a panelist at a forum that will expose law students and new legal professionals to experienced international practitioners. The event is designed to provide insight into professional development opportunities, as well as to illustrate the various avenues the panelists took into international legal practice.

This event is free for Berkeley Law students. For more information, click here.


January 17-20, 2014 (Friday-Monday)

International Humanitarian Law Workshop for Students
100 Boalt Hall, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the International Committee of the Red Cross


This workshop combines lectures and hands-on exercises that guide U.S. law students through an intensive workshop on international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop will be led by legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), lawyers for the U.S. Armed Forces, and law professors who specialize in IHL.

For more information, see the workshop’s website.   

2014 IHL Workshop final simulation exercise


January 22, 2014 (Wednesday)

"Mexico's Greatest Transformations"

Andrés Roemer 
Consul General of Mexico – San Francisco
132 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm

Organized by the La Raza Law Students Association

Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Other panelists:
• Ilse Bechara Castilla
, Consul General of Colombia
Tibisay Lugo, Consul General of Columbia 
Robert Cooter, Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law; Co-Director, Law and Economics Program, Berkeley Law 

Topics will include Mexico's relations with the United States and the ongoing tension surrounding immigration at the border.

Lunch will be served. 

Consul General Andrés Roemer addressing Berkeley Law students



"Will the International Criminal Court (ICC) Survive Kenya?"

Makua Mutua
Dean, SUNY Buffalo Law School
110 Boalt Hall, 12:45-1:45 pm

Co-sponsored with the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Makau Mutua is dean at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He teaches international human rights, international business transactions and international law. He was educated at the University of Nairobi, the University of Dar-es-Salaam and Harvard Law School. Dean Mutua is a vice president of the American Society of International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is the author of several books, including Kenya’s Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan (2008), Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Political and Normative Tensions (2008) and Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique (2002).

Lunch will be provided. To reserve a lunch, please visit http://tinyurl.com/k6yetug. RSVPs must be received by 9:00 am on Monday, January 27.


January 29, 2014 (Wednesday)

"Terror Detentions and the Rule of Law: US and UK Perspectives"

Dr. Robert Wagstaff
132 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm


Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Dr. Robert Wagstaff will talk about his new book, Terror Detentions and the Rule of Law: US and UK Perspectives, from Oxford University Press, in which he “documents President George W. Bush's and Prime Minister Tony Blair's responses to 9/11, alleging that they failed to protect the human rights of individuals suspected of terrorist activity.  The analytical focus is on the four US Supreme Court decisions involving detentions in Guantanamo Bay and the four House of Lords decisions involving detentions that began in the Belmarsh Prison.”

Dr. Wagstaff practices litigation and constitutional law from his law office in Anchorage, Alaska. He successfully argued two cases before the US Supreme Court, presented over 70 appeals, and tried numerous civil and criminal cases. He recently spent ten years at Oxford University earning three post-graduate law degrees including a Doctorate. He was formerly Alaska Bar Association President, Alaska Judicial Council member, and a member of the National Board of Directors of the ACLU, New York.

Lunch will be served.  

Prof. Kate Jastram introducing Dr. Robert Wagstaff



Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) Annual Meeting
Boalt Hall

Invitation-only event. JILSA is an informal network composed mostly of junior scholars at American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop.


February 12, 2014 (Wednesday)

Career Development Office:  Pathways to Careers in International Law

Sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and the State Bar of California’s Section of International Law

This informative panel will feature attorneys practicing international law right here in California, in practice areas including intellectual property, litigation, trade, and corporate law.

Lunch will be provided.



"Sexual Violence in Conflict"

A Conversation with
Zainab Bangura
UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Kim Thuy Seelinger
Director of the Sexual Violence Program, Human Rights Center

132 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm


Co-sponsored with the International Human Rights Law Clinic, the Human Rights Center, and the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict serves as the United Nation’s spokesperson and political advocate on conflict-related sexual violence and is chair of the network UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Ms. Bangura has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation. In her home country of Sierra Leone, she has been instrumental in developing national programs on affordable health, advocating for the elimination of genital mutilation, managing the country’s Peace Building Commission, and contributing to the multilateral and bilateral relations with the international community. She has deep experience engaging with State and non-State actors on issues relevant to sexual violence, including engaging with rebel groups.

Lunch will be served. 

Kim Thuy Seelinger in conversation with Zainab Bangura



"Civil Liberties, Privacy, and National Security"

A Conversation with The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley, 5:00-6:30 pm 

Co-sponsored with the UC Berkeley School of Information, Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST), Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), and Data and Democracy Initiative


How should we strike the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties in federal counterterrorism programs? Join members of the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to discuss the importance of government transparency regarding counterterrorism efforts, international issues raised by US surveillance programs, the impact of NSA programs on US industry and the Internet, and the Board’s role going forward.

The US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a bipartisan independent federal agency. Chairman David Medine and board members Rachel Brand, Elisebeth Collins Cook, and James Dempsey will discuss the Board's recent report and recommendations on the NSA telephony metadata program and reform of the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Commentators for the event:  Susan Landau, Senior Staff Privacy Analyst, Google; Professor Anne Joseph O'Connell, Berkeley Law; and Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Reception to follow.  Advance registration required at the event website.  


February 27, 2014 (Thursday)

2014 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium

Riesenfeld Symposium Panel on "Who's Watching? Global Perspectives on Privacy"
100 Boalt Hall, 12:45-2:00 pm


Presentation of 2014 Riesenfeld Award -- Steven Smith ('83)
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 6:30-8:30 pm

Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Join the Berkeley Journal of International Law for an exciting panel discussion of global developments in privacy law. Panelists will consider topics including privacy law in Brazil, China, and other emerging markets; the sources and norms of comparative privacy law; and the relationship of privacy to security and free expression in the global context.

Colin Bennett, Professor of Political Science, University of Victoria
James DeGraw, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP, San Francisco and Hong Kong
Michelle Dennedy, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, McAfee Inc.
Danilo Doneda, Professor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas - Rio de Janeiro, and Member, Brazil Ministry of Justice Committee on Electronic Commerce

Chris Hoofnagle, Director of Information Privacy Programs, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

MCLE credit available for California Bar members. 

Lunch will be served.

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This year’s Riesenfeld Award for outstanding contributions to the field of international law will be given to Steven Smith ('83).  Mr. Smith is one of the world’s leading international arbitration attorneys and a 1983 graduate of Berkeley Law School.  While at Berkeley Law, he founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Business Lawyer, the precursor to today’s Berkeley Journal of International Law.  He focuses his practice on the arbitration and litigation of complex international commer­cial disputes in a broad range of industries. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has handled matters for and against sovereign entities from the Mid­dle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa and has served as counsel and arbitra­tor in numerous arbitrations around the globe.

Tickets for both events are available now through Eventbrite.

For more information, contact Cherrie Warden (cherrie@berkeley.edu) or Madeline Mai (madelinemai@berkeley.edu).   

Prof. Chris Hoofnagle 
introducing panel members



Steven Smith with (l-r) BJIL editors
Megan Niedermeyer and Tara Capsuto,
and Prof. Kate Jastram


March 10, 2014 (MONDAY)

"Investigating Crimes of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Against Men:  Challenges and Achievements in the Great Lakes Region of Africa"

Dr. Chris Dolan
Director, Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University (Uganda)

Boalt Hall

Co-sponsored with the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Human Rights Center

Invitation-only event. Dr. Dolan will talk about his work on sexual violence against men.



Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition
Washington DC
Sponsored by the American Red Cross

The 1st Annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, named after the founder of the American Red Cross, is a simulation-based moot court competition for students interested in international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the “law of war” or “law of armed conflict.” 

Berkeley Law will be sending a team of three students to the competition. 

(l-r) Berkeley Law team members Ido Kilovaty, Shahmeer Halepota, 
and Mirella Nieto, with Prof. Kate Jastram


APRIL 4, 2014 (FRIDAY)

Deadline for Berkeley Law's Certificate of Specialization in International Law

For more information on the requirements for the certificate, see the certificate website.



American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting / International Law Association (ILA) Biennial Conference on “The Effectiveness of International Law
Washington DC

ASIL is partnering with the American Branch of ILA to combine each organization's major conference for 2014 into a single, joint event. This unprecedented meeting will represent a unique and historic gathering of the international law community.

The Miller Institute / Berkeley Law is an ASIL Academic Partner. 


May 9, 2014 (Friday)

Certificate of Specialization in International Law Award Ceremony
Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall), 2:00-3:00 pm

Please join us in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the Berkeley Law students as recipients of the Certificate of Specialization in International Law.  For more information, please contact Jake Feltham (jfeltham@law.berkeley.edu).