Virtual Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative Law
Thursday, August 19, 2021     
12:50 PM – 1:50 PM



The Miller Institute is hosting a virtual reception to welcome incoming JD, LLM, JSD, and JSP students interested in international and comparative law. Students will have an opportunity to meet international law faculty members, hear from international law student groups, and learn about international law classes, programs, and events.

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Sharing Responsibility for Refugees
Friday, April 16, 2021
8:15 AM  – 2:00 PM PST
Registration Required:


The 2018 Global Compact on Refugees enshrines the principle of responsibility sharing, to help the handful of developing countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees. But the United States, and other wealthy countries, are also pioneering “responsibility dumping” arrangements, that instead exacerbate global inequities and threaten the rights of refugees. The panelists will explore the political economy of responsibility sharing, including the role of race in its legal development and implementation. We will consider international templates of responsibility sharing, and study how responsibility sharing arrangements might be used by states to evade their duties. We will imagine possible futures of responsibility sharing, including new ways of defining its key components and its scope, both across and within international borders.


Opening Remarks–8:15 AM
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law

Panel 1: Race and Responsibility Sharing–
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

  • An Empire Theory of Asylum

Speaker: Prof. Tendayi E. Achiume, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Saira Mohamed, Berkeley Law

  • Hidden Costs: Interrogating Market-Based Burden Sharing

Speaker: Prof. Jennifer Chacón, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Peter H. Schuck, Yale Law 

Panel 2: International Templates of Responsibility Sharing–
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Instruments of Evasion: The Global Dispersion of Rights-Restricting Migration Policies

Speaker: Prof. Ayelet Shachar, Toronto Law (Co-Author: Professor Ran Hirschl, Toronto Law)
Discussant: Prof. David Singh Grewal, Berkeley Law

Panel 3: The Future of Responsibility Sharing–
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Responsibility Sharing Within Borders

    Speaker: Prof. Seth Davis, Berkeley Law
    Discussant: Prof. Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law

  • Principles for Responsibility Sharing: Proximity, Culpability, and Capability

Speaker: Prof. Michael Doyle, Columbia University (Co-Authors: Janine Prantl and Mark Wood)
Discussant: Prof. Kate Jastram, UC Hastings Law

Sponsored by:



Localizing Transitional Justice in the US: Cultural Production and the Politics of Memory
Friday, March 19, 2021
9:00 AM–10:30 AM PST / 12:00 PM–1:30 PM EST


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The US is experiencing a rise in local efforts to address historic and contemporary injustices using transitional justice discourse and methods. This panel brings together diverse examples of communities addressing the legacies of slavery and colonization of Native Americans, as well as anti-immigrant policies and the War on Terror. By focusing on local initiatives, panelists highlight the power of communities to instigate justice practices in the absence of state accountability.


  • Matiangai Sirleaf
    Nathan Patz Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law


  • Ruti G. Teitel
    Co-Director, Center for International Law
    Director, Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy
    Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law
    New York Law School


  • Laurel E. Fletcher
    Director, Clinical Programs
    Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
    Co-Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
    Clinical Professor of Law
    U.C. Berkeley School of Law

  • Robert Lee
    University Lecturer in American History, University of Cambridge

  • Nicholas Natividad
    Associate Professor, New Mexico State University

  • Jennifer Taylor
    Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative

Sponsored by:

Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

American Society of International Law





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