Fall 2019 Events

July 24, 2019 (Wednesday)

Comparative Research on Lawyers and Access to Justice: Asian Perspectives

Berkeley Law, Room 129 | 12.45-2.00 pm

Professor Helena Whalen-Bridge
Faculty of Law
National Unviersity of Singapore

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law Study Group and the Pro Bono Program

Lunch will be provided

Access to justice is a challenge for all legal systems, but the challenges and solutions vary depending on the jurisdiction.  This talk presents work in progress on the variety of factors that influence how lawyers support access to justice in different countries, such as professional identity and the interplay of legal aid and pro bono, as well as the different solutions which currently exist, such as mandatory pro bono programs in Japan and South Korea.

Helena Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.  Her subject areas include legal ethics, access to justice, and legal narrative.  This research is supported by the NUS Law Center for Asian Legal Studies (CALS).

August 26, 2019 (Monday)

Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative Law

Steinhart Courtyard | 4:00-5:30 pm

The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming JD, LLM, JSD, and JSP students interested in international and comparative 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. Richard Buxbaum and Laurel E. Fletcher welcoming students to the 2018 reception

September 5, 2019 (Thursday)

Book reception for “Somewhere: The Story of Irv, Lois, and a World at War”

Human Rights Center, 2224 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley | 5.30-7.30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Center and the Human Rights Clinic

Celebrate the publication of Somewhere: The Story of Irv, Lois, and a World at War, the new book by Patty Blum, founding director of the Human Rights Clinic and former Berkeley Law professor. The book draws from over 1300 letters between Patty’s parents, Lois and Irv Blum, while Irv was deployed overseas in World War II (a collection of both sides of a WWII correspondence in its entirety is rare). Only in their twenties, both were unusually articulate and thoughtful interlocutors. As each chapter moves the couple through time and place, it also grapples with a central theme that emerges from their correspondence — fidelity and marriage; Jewish identity; family; the racial dimension (Irv commanded an African-American unit); and romance and love.  Each of the six chapters, replete with timelines, historical introductions, and family photos, tells their story -– on the home front and the war front — as Irv’s supply line unit follows the trail of the fight in Europe from England to France, Belgium and Germany.
Patty Blum with Eric Stover, Human Rights Center Director

September 13, 2019 (Friday)

Domestic Remedies for Human Rights Violations: The Canadian Perspective

Berkeley Law, Room 105 | 12.50-2.00 pm

Joe Fiorante

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Lunch will be served

Joe Fiorante is one of the lead litigators against Canadian mining companies for human rights violations.  Mr. Fiorante recently settled against Pan American Silver, using Canadian law to secure rights for those injured while protesting against a mine in Guatemala.  He currently represents Eritrean refugees against Nevsun, a mining company, for forced labor, torture, and other violations.  This case, one of the first to bring international law claims as a common law tort in Canada, now awaits a decision by the Canadian Supreme Court.

October 1-31, 2019

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 2019 ASIL Annual Meeting on “International Law as an Instrument,” will be held in Washington DC from March 27-30. 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 November 27 at the latest.

For more information, see the Fellowship page.

November 12, 2019 (Tuesday)

Book Talk on “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine”

Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center Street (near downtown Berkeley BART) | 7:00 pm

Noura Erakat (’05)
human rights attorney and

Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine

Noura Erakat will be speaking about her new book on Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) in a conversation with Lara Kiswani, Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

Noural Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Rutgers University. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Professor Erakat is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN.

More recently, she released a project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, “Gaza In Context,” that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, “Black Palestinian Solidarity.” She is a frequent commentator, with appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.