In the News -- Students/Alumni
Faculty Position for Recent Boalt LLM Graduate
Recent Boalt graduate Akshay Sreevatsa (LL.M. '14) has become an Assistant Professor of Law at Christ University in his home city of Bangalore, India, where he will teach public international law. Akshay received his law degree from the National Law School of India University in 2011.
Release of Miller Institute Annual Report 2013-2014
The Miller Institute has just released its annual report for the academic year 2013-2014.
To read the report, please click here.
Daniel Loevinsohn (’16) Joins PILPG Summer Program
Daniel Loevinsohn (’16) is one of five law students who joined the 2014 Summer Associate Program of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). Through this program, summer associates work in PILPG’s Washington DC office for 10 weeks with senior PILPG attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to clients in Burma, Kenya, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In addition to honing their legal research and writing skills, summer associates receive an in-depth introduction to the Washington international law community through weekly seminars and visits to government agencies and prominent NGOs.
Daniel is the Assistant Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. Prior to law school, he worked in Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Office, in the Brussels office of the US State Department, and also with Physicians for Human Rights, focusing on regions including Egypt, Turkey, and Syria.
PILPG is a non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm to provide free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, advise states on drafting post-conflict constitutions, and assist in prosecuting war criminals. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.
Lauren Groth (’11) Article in 25th Anniversary Edition of International Journal of Refugee Law
“Engendering Protection: An Analysis of the 2009 Kampala Convention and its Provisions for Internally Displaced Women” by Lauren Groth (’11) was one of only ten articles selected to appear in the 25th anniversary edition of the International Journal of Refugee Law.
Lauren is currently clerking with Judge Richard Paez on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was an Associate Attorney and member of the Litigation Department of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC. Lauren holds a J.D. with International Law Certificate from Berkeley Law, where she was Notes Editor of the California Law Review. Prior to law school, she pursued an M.A. in International Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Berkeley Law at American Society of International Law Annual Meeting 2014
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 Mohamed. Professor 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.
Prof. Kate Jastram and David Bowker (’99)
Mariel Bird ('15) Wins Trip to Washington DC
In order to promote student engagement with international law, the Miller Institute sponsors a contest in the Fall to cover the registration and travel expenses for a Berkeley Law student to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.
We are pleased to announce that the trip to the 2014 meeting in Washington DC 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 used 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.” To read her report on the meeting, click here.
Berkeley Law is an Academic Partner of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).
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.
(l-r) Ido Kilovaty, Shahmeer Halepota, Mirella Nieto, and Prof. 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 ('37), 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.
(l-r) BJIL editors Megan Niedermeyer and Tara Capsuto,
Steven Smith, and Prof. Kate Jastram
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.
2014 IHL Workshop final simulation exercise