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American Society of International Law Annual Meeting

Berkeley Law was out in force at April’s Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), held in Washington, DC from April 7-12, 2014.  Mariel Bird (’15) attended as a Miller Fellow, a Miller Institute initiative begun in 2013 to provide a current student with the unparalleled opportunities for knowledge and networking found at ASIL.  Among the many alums participating in the meeting, International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judge Joan Donoghue (’81) was honored along with the two other female ICJ judges at a special luncheon that also featured former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Donoghue is the first American woman and only the third woman of any nationality to be elected to the fifteen-member ICJ since its inception in 1945.

Professor Saira Mohamed presented her work as part of a “New Voices” panel on Making International Criminal Law More Effective.  Professor Kate Jastram (’87) was elected vice chair of the Lieber Society, ASIL’s international humanitarian law/law of armed conflict interest group.  Several other Berkeley Law faculty hold ASIL leadership positions, including Executive Council member Professor Andrew Guzman and human rights interest group co-chair Saira MohamedProfessor Mohamed served on this year's selections committees for the ASIL Book Awards and the Helton Fellows Program. Professors Mohamed and Jastram were also recognized for serving as mentors in the inaugural year of ASIL’s Women in International Law Mentoring Program.

David Bowker (’99), chair of WilmerHale’s International Litigation/Controversy Working Group, hosted an alumni reception at WilmerHale where Professor Jastram gave an update on international law developments at Berkeley Law.


Professor Kate Jastram and David Bowker (’99)


New Publications from Berkeley Law’s International Law Faculty

Berkeley Law’s faculty continue to break new ground in research and publications on international law. Works from Kenneth Bamburger, Richard Buxbaum, Daniel Farber, Stavros Gadinis, Andrew Guzman, Kate Jastram, Katerina Linos, Prasad Krishnamurthy, and David Oppenheimer exemplify this tradition of scholarship nurtured at Berkeley Law. Subjects include the history of legal reparation claims in Europe after World War II; studies on the human cost of climate change, the impact of climate change on disaster law, and national security concerns to climate change-related forced migration; an international study of the increased involvement of politicians in financial regulation; and a study of the relationship between religiosity and support for same-sex marriage in the United States and Europe.      

For more information on these articles, including their abstracts, click here.


Berkeley Law Students Participate in first annual Clara Barton IHL Competition

Berkeley Law students Ido Kilovaty (LLM '14), Shahmeer Halepota ('14), and Mirella Nieto ('14) took part in the first annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition in Washington, DC from March 12-15, 2014. Organized by the American Red Cross, the competition attracted teams from around the country. Unlike most law student competitions, this one involved roleplaying in different war-time scenarios. The Berkeley Law team advanced through rounds where they argued as legal advisors deciding whether to classify a certain situation of violence as armed conflict, as military lawyers determining whether it was permissible to strike certain places and people, as diplomats negotiating a new international treaty on cyber warfare, and as International Committee of the Red Cross lawyers visiting prisoners of war in detention.

The Berkeley Law team was coached by Kate Jastram, Lecturer in Residence and Faculty Co-Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. The team's participation was made possible by support from the Miller Institute and the American Red Cross.

(left to right) Ido Kilovaty, Shahmeer Halepota, Mirella Nieto, and Kate Jastram


Steven Smith (’83) Awarded 2014 Riesenfeld Memorial Award

Steven Smith (’83) is the 2014 recipient of annual Riesenfeld Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of international law.  Established in 2001, the award honors the memory of Berkeley Law Professor Stefan A. Riesenfeld, who devoted his life and career to the study and practice of international law.  The award was presented at a reception in Berkeley on February 27, as part of the annual Riesenfeld Symposium, organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) and sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.  Earlier in the day, BJIL played host to a panel discussion on international developments in privacy law entitled “Who’s Watching? Global Perspectives on Privacy.”

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 BJIL. 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.

“I am very humbled and deeply honored to accept this award, especially from Berkeley – an institution I cherish – and I’m particularly pleased that so many friends and colleagues could be present,” says Mr. Smith. “I also feel like a proud father when I see how the journal has matured over the years and established itself as one of the leading publications in the field, worthy of its affiliation with Berkeley.”

To read the Global Arbitration Review article on Mr. Smith's award, click here.

(left to right) BJIL editors Megan Niedermeyer and Tara Capsuto,
Steven Smith, and Kate Jastram, Faculty Director of the Miller Institute


Student Wins Trip to Washington DC

In order to promote student engagement with international law, the Miller Institute sponsored a writing contest to cover the registration and travel expenses for a Berkeley Law student to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, which will be held in Washington DC in April 2014. The trip has been awarded to Mariel Bird ('15).

Mariel worked as a Judicial Intern at United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and is currently a participant in ASIL’s Women in International Law Mentoring Program. She plans to use the trip to Washington as an opportunity “to engage with members of the international law community” and “to connect with individuals from a diverse set of international law backgrounds.”

Berkeley Law is an Academic Partner of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).


Miller Institute Hosts Workshop in International Humanitarian Law


For the second year in a row, the Miller Institute hosted a one-of-a-kind workshop for students interested in the field of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Over four days during the Martin Luther King weekend (January 17-20), students from more than 12 law schools, along with scholars, policymakers and practitioners, congregated to study the law of armed conflict. The International Humanitarian Law Workshop for Students is a partnership between the Miller Institute and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which provides humanitarian help for people affected by armed violence worldwide.


Stanley Lubman Receives 2014 Distinguished Columbian Award

Stanley Lubman, Senior Fellow at the Miller Institute and Distinguished Lecturer in Residence (emeritus) at Berkeley Law, has been selected as the 2014 Distinguished Columbian. The Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award is presented annually by Columbia Law School to a graduate who, through excellence in teaching, scholarship and writing, and through achievements in the graduate's chosen field, has brought distinction both to the Law School and to the faculties on which the graduate has served. Professor Sandy Kadish is a former award winner.

Professor Lubman received the award at a reception in New York City on January 3. David Schizer, dean of Columbia Law School, and Benjamin Liebman, director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia, presided over the ceremony, which drew members of the faculty and dozens of alumni and friends of the Law School – despite the first major winter snowstorm of the New Year. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.

For more background on Professor Lubman’s career, click here.