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Kate Jastram

Title: Alumni   -   Uncategorized
Email Address: kjastram@law.berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Toni Mendicino

Kate Jastram ’87 is Lecturer in Residence and Executive Director at the Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. She teaches and writes on forced migration and on armed conflict. Her research focuses on the interplay of refugee law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, in particular as these areas are shaped by national security concerns.

Recent publications include “The Kids before Khadr: Haitian Refugee Children on Guantanamo,” Santa Clara Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2013); and "Economic Harm as a Basis for Refugee Status and the Application of Human Rights Law to the Interpretation of Economic Persecution," in Critical Issues in International Refugee Law (J. Simeon, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010). 

Jastram heads up the Miller Institute’s International Humanitarian Law Initiative, which works to promote scholarship and teaching on the law of armed conflict, and to provide opportunities for students to engage with the range of international legal issues involved with the use of force.  Miller Institute events have included an intensive 4-day IHL workshop for law students; a seminar on the Internet in Bello: CyberWar Law, Policy and Ethics; and a conference for law professors on teaching IHL.

Jastram is on the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict Executive Committee. She served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration Reform Task Force on Civil Detention Standards; was an expert consultant on asylum issues for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent bi-partisan federal agency; and acted as associate rapporteur for the International Association of Refugee Law Judges’ Human Rights Nexus Working Party. She has worked on a variety of projects for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration. She was a co-recipient of the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award in 2005, given by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

She teaches courses on international humanitarian law, on refugee law, and on global migration issues. She lectures widely, and has taught at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy. Prior to Berkeley Law, she was a legal advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


B.A., San Francisco State University (1980)
M.A., Sarah Lawrence College (1982)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1986)

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