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262.53 sec. 001 - Technology and Human Rights (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Betsy Popken  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 130
From August 22, 2023
To October 03, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: October 03, 2023
Class Number: 32194

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

Technology and Human Rights prepares future attorneys to issue spot and problem solve human rights challenges in their future legal work, whether at a law firm, in-house at a tech company, or working for the government or an NGO. This seminar introduces students to a burgeoning area of law that reflects an increased focus by businesses on human rights issues. In this course, students will learn directly from human rights practitioners about some of the most pressing challenges for businesses of our time and complete assignments designed to mimic the work of a practitioner in this field. This seminar will address substantive tech and human rights issues like freedom of expression and right to privacy, as well as practical outputs, like human rights policies, impact assessments, and responsible innovation and AI.

Colleen "Betsy" Popken serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law. Previously, Betsy co-founded and co-led the Business & Human Rights practice at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. While Betsy’s practice as Sustainability & Human Rights Counsel at Orrick spanned sectors, she had a particular passion for helping clients tackle human rights issues raised by emerging technologies. Betsy also worked on United Nations-mediated peace and ceasefire negotiations in Darfur, Syria, and Yemen through the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). She previously taught negotiations at Stanford Law School, drawing from her experience in these real-world negotiations. Betsy is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.


Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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