Fall 2017 Events

August 28, 2017 (Monday)

Welcome Reception for Incoming International Law Students

Steinhart Courtyard (near Registrar’s Office) | 5:00-6:30 pm

The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming JD, LLM, and JSD students interested in international law. Students will have an opportunity to meet members of the international law faculty, hear from international law student groups, such as the Berkeley Journal for International Law and the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, and learn about international law classes, programs, and events.

For more information, contact Karen Chin (kchin@law.berkeley.edu)


Profs. Laurel Fletcher and Katerina Linos, Co-Faculty Directors of the Miller Institute, welcome students to the 2017 reception

August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

Peace and Justice in Colombia

Jamie Rowen (JD ’09, PhD ’12)
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst

130 Boalt Hall | 12:45 – 2 pm

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored with the International Human Rights Law Clinic

This talk will focus on the recent peace accords in Colombia as an example of the instrumentalization of transitional justice. By explaining how the idea of transitional justice entered domestic politics, and how the different political actors utilized it to make claims against one another, Professor Rowen will give a fresh perspective on how the Colombian peace accords came about. In addition, the talk will provide insights into the failed plebiscite on October 2nd and the future of peace and justice in the country. More broadly, the Colombia case shows how advocates’ efforts to address justice-related issues are easily politicized, revealing the importance of understanding who is promoting transitional justice, how, and why.

August 30-31, 2017 (Wednesday-Thursday)

International Migration and Refugee Law Workshop

UC Berkeley campus

This invitation-only workshop, organized by Professor Katerina Linos, will bring together scholars to discuss current topics in migration and refugee law.


September 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

Message-Printing Businesses, Non-Discrimination and Free Expression: Northern Ireland’s ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake Case

Robert Wintemute
Professor of Human Rights Law 
King’s College London

132 Boalt Hall | 12:45-1:45 pm

Lunch will be served.  RSVP by September 1 to Briana Lomax (soar4321@berkeley.edu).

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality Study Group and the Henderson Center for Social Justice

Robert Wintemute is a Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London, and a scholar and legal activist on the topic of comparative marriage equality. He has played an important role as a scholar, strategist, counsel for various parties and intervenors, and public intellectual, in litigating the right to marriage equality in Europe, Ontario, Massachusetts, Colombia and Argentina.

He will discuss the right of private businesses to resist providing services to same-sex couples, an issue currently before the US Supreme Court, and likely to reach both the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

September 22, 2017 (Friday)

Northern California International Law Scholars Annual Meeting

Berkeley Law

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Berkeley Law is hosting this meeting of the Northern California International Law Scholars, who gather every year to discuss their current research.

Seating for the meeting is no longer available.

Prof. Saira Mohamed welcoming the NCILS to Berkeley Law.

September 26, 2017 (Tuesday)

Information Session on Berkeley Law in The Hague Program and International Field Placements

130 Boalt Hall | 12:45-2:00 pm
lunch will be provided

Sponsored by Berkeley Law’s Field Placement Program

Asa Solway (’09), Berkeley Law in The Hague Lecturer, is an international lawyer who has worked on a broad range of international legal matters including access to justice, human rights and rule of law.

Advising appointmentswill be available with Mr. Solway on Monday, September 25 and the morning of Tuesday, September 26.

For appointments and questions:  thehague@law.berkeley.edu

October 1-31, 2017

Miller Institute-ASIL Student Fellowship Application Period

Co-sponsored with Berkeley Law’s Advanced Degree Programs Office

The Miller Institute-American Society of International Law (ASIL) Student Fellow is awarded funding to attend the ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the largest and most important gathering each year of international law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. The ASIL Annual Meeting regularly features lectures and panels made up of the world’s most eminent international lawyers, including many Berkeley Law faculty and alumni. Attending the meeting is an unparalleled opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and build their network.

The 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting on “International Law in Practice,” will be held in Washington DC from April 4-7. Applicants must be available to travel during the Annual Meeting dates. The application period is October 1-31 and the winner will be notified by Thanksgiving (November 23).

For more information, see the Fellowship page.