Fall 2023 Events

The Miller Institute is a proud co-sponsor of this timely event virtual hosted by Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center:

Title: Lessons from Syrian Opposition Negotiators for Ukraine
When: Tuesday, December 5, 10am-11:30am (virtual) 
Description:  Betsy Popken, Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, will moderate a conversation on lessons learned first-hand from Syrian Opposition negotiators that may be applied to future negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Popken will moderate a conversation with three impactful Syrian negotiators, Hind Kabawat, Hosam Hafez, and Noura Aljizawi, who sat opposite the regime of Bashar al-Assad in negotiations mediated by the United Nations to end the war in Syria.  Mark Ward, former Director of the U.S. State Department’s Syria Transition Assistance and Response Team, will give introductory remarks and help close the discussion.

Here is a link to the video.

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The Miller Institute is delighted to cosponsor this in-person lunch talk with the Berkeley Journal of International Law:

Global Anti-Corruption In Practice: A Conversation with Joseph Azam, Associate GC in Ethics and Compliance at Cisco
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From Oakland, CA, Joseph Azam is a legal executive, litigator and investigator with a focus on global anti-corruption and compliance. Joseph began his career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher as defense counsel for multinational corporations and conducted international anti-corruption investigations. From there, he transitioned into in-house counsel positions at companies across different industries, including Oracle, Accenture, HSBC and News Corp, where he oversaw global compliance, ethics and anti-corruption investigation and strategy. Joseph is currently Associate General Counsel in Ethics, Compliance, and Brand Protection at Cisco.

The lunch talk will focus on Joseph’s experiences in global anti-corruption and compliance, as well as in-house career opportunities for students interested in international law. All Berkeley Law students are welcome!

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The Miller Institute is pleased to cosponsor this in-person lunch talk:
Children’s Rights & International Law: Lunch Talk with Shauneen Lambe from London’s Youth Justice Legal Centre
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Shauneen Lambe, one of the directors of London’s Youth Justice Legal Centre,(opens in a new tab) will speak to students about the international legal framework for children’s rights and how it intersects with domestic criminal legal systems. YJLC provides legal resources to defense attorneys, families, and community organizers on a variety of issues impacting youth in England and Wales, with a focus on children and the criminal legal system. 

Shauneen will also discuss her perspective on building a career as a human rights lawyers who focuses on youth justice, and her background representing children in criminal proceedings, including in juvenile death penalty cases in the United States. She will discuss how her prior direct representation of youth impacts her work at YJLC, as well as the role of international law in strengthening children’s rights locally.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis in Room 145. RSVP here.(opens in a new tab) This event is co-sponsored by the International Law Society and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. 

Speaker Bio:

• Shauneen Lambe is a barrister in England and Wales and an attorney in the USA. She is former joint chief executive officer of Just for Kids Law (2005-2018) and co-founder of Impact – Law for Social Justice, a consultancy that supports those considering using the law for social change. Prior to working in the UK, Shauneen worked at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center representing those facing the death penalty and helped Clive Stafford Smith set up his NGO – Reprieve. For her work, Shauneen has been awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, and Ashoka Fellowship, a Shackleton Fellowship, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

November 8 lunch talk flyer

Berkeley Law students are warmly invited to a lunch talk on Friday, November 3rd from 12:50-2pm in Law room 130 to learn more about opportunities in The Hague! Asa Solway, Berkeley Law Lecturer and Co-Founder of UpRights — an independent non-profit organization based in The Hague that promotes justice for victims of international crime — will be joining in person to speak about his career path. Lunch will also be provided! Cosponsored by the Field Placement Program, the Miller Institute, and the Career Development Office at Berkeley Law.

November 3 lunch talk for Berkeley Law students

The Miller Institute is pleased to cosponsor this discussion by Visiting Scholars taking place on UC Berkeley campus:

European Sanctions and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 10 a.m. – Noon 
201 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley  

Carmela Pérez- Bernárdez and Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez

This seminar will include two presentations by Visiting Scholars at the Institute of European Studies. Carmela Pérez-Bernárdez (University of Granada) will present a lecture entitled “Smart sanctions against human rights violations: The European approach.” Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez (University of Granada) will present a lecture entitled “The right of individuals to effective judicial protection in the European sanctions against third countries.”

Speaker: Carmela Pérez-Bernárdez,, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Professor of International and European Union Law, School of Law, University of Granada
Speaker: Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley; Chair of International and European Law, University of Granada

Ray Savord, rsavord@berkeley.edu, 510-642-4555 

The Miller Institute is delighted to cosponsor a special afternoon talk taking place in person on Tuesday, October 10, 4:00–5:30 p.m. in Room 145, Berkeley Law:

“‘Looking Into the (Right Wing) Abyss’: the Assault of the British Government on the European Court of Human Rights,” featuring Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Inaugural Chair in Law, Head of Department of Law, Goldsmiths, University of London; he is author of Judicial Independence under Threat (2022) and Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law (2019).

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The Miller Institute is pleased to co-sponsor a rare talk with Judge Piotr Hofmański, President of the International Criminal Court, in conversation with Dr. Alexa Koenig, Co-Faculty Director of Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, on Thursday, October 5, 5-6pm in Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law. Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/icc-president

The Miller Institute is pleased to cosponsor “Cyber Defending Taiwan: Lessons from Ukraine,” Friday, September 29, 10:00am to 3:00pm (PT), at the Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. This one-day conference engaging private, public, and academic leaders will focus on increasing the resilience of Taiwan to threats and vulnerabilities in the cyber domain and beyond. In the process, the workshop engages with the lessons learned from recent history—drawing on the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Event flyer Sept 29

The Miller Institute is excited to cosponsor the 2023
Neil Gotanda Lecture in Asian American Jurisprudence. Berkeley Law’s Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) hosts their annual Neil Gotanda Lecture on September 20 from 1-2 pm in Berkeley Law Room 170. This year’s speaker will be Professor Gulika Reddy, Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School. She will host an interactive session about human rights advocacy, including cross-cultural competency and mental health for human rights practitioners.

The Miller Institute and the Career Development Office at Berkeley Law are cosponsoring an International Public Interest/Public Sector Careers Info Session on Thursday, September 7, 2023, 12:50 pm – 2:00 pm in Room 170. Come learn about what a career in public international law can look like! This will be a conversation with Monica Jacobsen ’11 from the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser. For questions, please contact Lucy Benz Rogers.

On behalf of our Co-Faculty Directors, Professor Laurel E. Fletcher and Professor Katerina Linos, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law is pleased to host the annual Fall 2023 Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative Law – a mix and mingle event in the Warren Room on Monday, August 28, 4:00-6:00pm. All are welcome!

We will have a short program, including new faculty introductions and faculty and student group sound bites about opportunities and classes offered. Your RSVP is appreciated but not required; the program will take place 4:45-5:15pm with some latecomers as well. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Most of the time is for informal discussion with incoming JD, LLM, JSD and JSP students about Berkeley Law’s international and comparative law offerings.  

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