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US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Speaks at Berkeley

Berkeley Law hosted the Honorable Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court as a Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at Berkeley Law. As part of his visit, Justice Kennedy delivered the inaugural lecture of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series, entitled “Some Thoughts on the Role of the Supreme Court,” at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley on September 9.

The lecture was co-sponsored by the Institute for Legal Research and the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs. 



Co-Founder of Sho Sato Program Sanford Kadish Passes Away

Former Berkeley Law Dean and Professor Emeritus Sanford Kadish, one of the world’s foremost criminal law scholars, died on September 5 in Berkeley at the age of  92. Professor Kadish was the co-founder of the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law, which is dedicated to research and education on the topic of Japanese law and Japanese-U.S. legal relationships, as well as the historical and contemporary comparative study of the Japanese and American legal systems. 

To read more about his life and scholarship, click here.

Sanford Kadish (1921-2014) 


New Book from the Law of the Sea Institute

The Law of the Sea Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a new book on The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction from Brill PublicationsThe book, edited by Clive Schofield, University of Wollongong, Seokwoo Lee, Inha University, and Moon-Sang Kwon, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, "comprises 36 chapters by leading oceans scholars and practitioners devoted to both the definition of maritime limits and boundaries spatially and the limits of jurisdictional rights within claimed maritime zones. Contributions address conflicting maritime claims and boundary disputes, access to valuable marine resources, protecting the marine environment, maritime security and combating piracy, concerns over expanding activities and jurisdiction in Polar waters and the impact of climate change on the oceans, including the potential impact of sea level rise on the scope of claims to maritime zones. The volume therefore offers critical analysis on a range of important and frequently increasingly pressing contemporary law of the sea issues." 

The book also includes a tribute to the scholarship of Jon Van Dyke (1943-2011) written by LOSI Director Harry Scheiber.  Professor Van Dyke was a Distinguished Senior Visiting Scholar at the Law of the Sea Institute.



Sho Sato Clinical Conference Featured in Transcript

Berkeley Law's Transcript magazine highlighted the recent Sho Sato Conference in their Spring 2014 issue.  The December 2013 conference on "Legal Education Within and Without the Academy: Meeting New Challenges in Japan and the United States" was the latest event in a longtime collaboration between the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and US Law and the Institute of Clinical Legal Education at Waseda University.

Read the article here


New Publication from the Law of the Sea Institute

The Law of the Sea Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a new book from Brill Publishers: Navigating Straits:  Challenges for International Law, edited by David D. Caron, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, and Nilufer Oral, Istanbul Bilgi University. The book is based on proceedings from the LOSI conference, "Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection in Straits Used in International Navigation,” which was held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 9-11, 2011.

From the Brill website: “The importance of straits, particularly those used in international navigation, has been long recognized in international law. One of the important debates during the Third UN Law of the Sea Conference concerned the regime of passage through straits used in international navigation. The result was the creation of a multi-tiered legal framework of passage that included the entirely a new ‘transit passage’ regime. Although over thirty years have passed since the adoption of the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, the vital role played by straits in the global communications network continues to be surrounded by conflicts between the interests of coastal states and shipping. Challenges still exist to achieving the simultaneous global goals of secure passage of vessels and protection of the marine environment.

In Navigating Straits: Challenges for International Law, internationally recognized international law scholars provide in-depth analysis of the legal challenges in straits concerning security, piracy, safety and environmental protection.”


Lecture on "Arctic Stewards:  The Role of Alaska Natives in Managing Arctic Marine Resources"

Kathryn J. Mengerink
Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Ocean Program
Environmental Law Institute

March 13, 2014 (Thursday)
240 Boalt Hall
12:45-2:00 pm


Sponsored by the Institute for Legal Research, the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, the Environmental Law Society, and the Ecology Law Quarterly

Dr. Mengerink will discuss the role and rights of Alaska Natives in managing marine resources with a special focus on marine subsistence resources. In particular, she will discuss the basic legal framework including the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Marine Mammal Pro¬tection Act, and the Endangered Species Act as it relates to Alaska Native subsistence and will highlight innovative and successful approaches taken by Alaska Native communities to achieve stewardship objectives.

Dr. Mengerink is a JD graduate of Berkeley Law and holds a PhD in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She founded the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute, which she continues to lead today, and is also a lecturer on ocean law and policy at Scripps.

Lunch will be served.


Barnes Lecture Given by Harry Scheiber

Professor Harry Scheiber, Director of the Institute for Legal Research, gave the Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture on the topic, "Canadian Diplomacy and the Modern Transformation of the Law of the Sea" on February 6, 2014.  This lecture is presented in honor of the late Tom Barnes, Professor of History and Law and founder of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley. 

The Barnes Lecture is presented by the Canadian Studies Program

 (left to right) Jeanne-Marie Barnes, Harry Scheiber, and Rita Ross 
  (photo by Jane Scheiber)


Legal Education Issues Loom in US and Japan

At a time when many countries are scrutinizing the role of legal education, Berkeley Law and one of its global partners convened to discuss emerging issues in the United States and Japan. The December 2013 Sho Sato Conference built on a longtime collaboration between the law school’s Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law and Waseda University’s Institute of Clinical Legal Education in Tokyo.

Legal professionals in both nations share concerns about employment prospects for law school graduates and declining law school applications. And there are some longstanding debates between academia and the bar about how lawyers should be taught. But while many U.S. issues can be linked to the 2008 economic downturn and its impact on our legal marketplace, Japan faces more entrenched obstacles according to conference presenters.

To read more about the conference, click here.