BCLT Events


24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Roles of Technology Expertise in Law and Policy 

February 27-28, 2020
International House
UC Berkeley

Registration now open

This symposium will explore how expertise about technology and its impacts is generated, introduced, and used in making legal and policy decisions. As more legislation, litigation, and regulation involves technological matters (especially those involving digital technologies), we want to consider how expertise about the design and implications of technology informs decision-making: what has worked well, what has not worked, and how technological expertise can be better used. We aim to examine and assess reliance on expertise about technology across all three branches of government and at the federal, state and local levels. Among the questions we want to ask: What should be considered an issue of technological expertise and what should be considered a question of law or politics? Should Congress recreate an Office of Technology Assessment? What lessons can be learned from the ways federal agencies obtain and use technological expertise? In technologically complex cases, should judges appoint experts, technical advisers, or special masters or rely on attorneys and litigants’ experts?


BCLT 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

February 27, 2020
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA
7:00 P.M.
Join us to celebrate a quarter century of leadership at the intersection of law and technology, with a gala dinner after the first day of our annual symposium. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni and BCLT’s seventeen (!) faculty directors. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased separately or as part of symposium registration. Register for dinner here.

60 Years of Chinese Legal Reform: A Berkeley Perspective

March 16 – San Francisco
March 17 – Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
This day and half symposium will celebrate the groundbreaking contributions of Jerome A. Cohen and Stanley Lubman, who launched 60 years ago the field of teaching Chinese law in the U.S.   The program will include a discussion moderated by former NPR correspondent Mary Kay Magistad on the future of rule of law in China and will also include discussions on commercial law and technology.

BCLT Privacy Law Forum

March 20, 2020
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto

Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law will share their latest research and analysis, and leading privacy experts from law firms, companies, and government agencies will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

The Right to Repair Under Siege?

April 2 & 3, 2020 
UC Berkeley School of Law 

Do consumers have the right to repair their own cars or their own computers or take them to a repairperson they choose? Often, the makers of software-enabled products limit how and where they can be repaired. This conference will consider the complex, overlapping set of policy questions at the center of the repair debate – issues implicating competition, intellectual property, environmental  protection, product security and safety, and consumer rights.

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Co-sponsored by BCLT and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Roundtable on Tech, Trade and China, 3.0

Late April, 2020
UC Berkeley
The third in our series of roundtables on the trade wars and their implications for the technology industry, with a focus on China and IP, we’re currently planning to focus in this iteration on the IP aspects of the “Phase 1” deal reportedly agreed to between China and the US. The roundtable will bring together current and former government officials from both countries, corporate representatives, practicing attorneys, and academics for dialogue and the sharing of diverse perspectives.

Annual Conference on Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

with Media Law Resource Center
May 14-15, 2020
San Francisco

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT co-hosts this annual conference, exploring emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice.

with George Washington Law School
June 4-5, 2020
Washington, DC

21st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 10 & 11, 2020
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

Co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.