2008-2011 Events


Symposium: Detention, Torture, and the Legal Profession
November 01, 2010 | Boalt Hall
The involvement of lawyers and health professionals in the interrogation of detainees taken into U.S. custody since 9/11 has sparked a national debate on professional ethical obligations. This symposium examines the core values of U.S. law at stake in anti-terrorism programs, the responsibilities of lawyers, bar associations, and law students in upholding the profession’s legal and ethical standards at home and abraod, and the relevant experience of health professional associations in setting ethical guidelines.  This symposium is co-sponsored by Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law in partnership with the Berkeley Group Education Foundation. Video of the symposium can be found here.


Mary Robinson, UN High Commissoner for Human Rights
April 29, 2009 | Boalt Hall
As former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson is internationally recognized for her contributions to promoting human rights. Robinson’s current work focuses on fostering equitable trade, promoting the right to health, working to strengthen womens’ leadership, and encouraging corporate responsibility.  She spoke at Boalt Hall on April 29, 2009 on the human rights issues surrounding global health concerns.

Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mr. Lamy, the first Miller Distinguished Lecturer, has served as the Director-General of the WTO since 2005. Previously the Trade Commissioner of the European Union in Brussels, Mr. Lamy has also served as Chief of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, a political advisor to the Economics and Finance Minister and the Prime Minister of France, and as President of Notre Europe, a think tank working on European integration. His speech, The Case for Trade: Why the Multilateral Trading System is More Important Than Ever for the U.S. was delivered to a large audience of enthusiastic students and other community members eager to hear the Director-General’s view of the growing world economic downturn.  The lecture was held in Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall on October 29, 2008 and along with the Miller Institute was co-sponsored by the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), the California Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CCELP), and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
For a full text of Director-General Lamy’s speech, click here.

Symposium: Islamic Finance: Resilience in a Time of Financial Crisis?
February 28 | Boalt Hall
With a growing global recession, there is a new focus on Islamic Finance as an alternative form of financial intermediation. Topics ranged from structuring sukuk to bankruptcy in Islamic finance, from Islamic microfinance to the potential for Islamic greentech investments. Presented by the Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law



Spring 2009

Global Corporate Reorganizations
Scott Ellingson and Irina Shestakova,  Baker & McKenzie, LLP
January 28 | Boalt Hall   

International Law Challenges Facing Obama
Professor Oona Hathaway, Berkeley Law
Feb 19 |  Boalt Hall
Professor Oona Hathaway’s research focuses on the promise and limits of international law and on the intersection of U.S.constitutional law and international law. Professor Hathaway also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. She spoke about the international law challenges facing the Obama administration.

Career Panel: Public International Law
February 24 | Boalt Hall
Panelists included:  Jamie O’Connell, Berkeley International Human Rights Law Clinic; Alexandra Shepard, Department of Justice; Alice Thomas, Earthjustice.
Panelists will offer their unique insights into the diverse array of public sector careers in international law as well as the different paths to finding employment in the field.
Co-hosted by the Career Development Office

Rule of Law and the Judiciary
Judge Clifford Wallace, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
March 11 |  Boalt Hall
Judge Wallace is an internationally ambassador for the rule of law who has worked with foreign judges in over 50 countries.  He organized the first federal task forces to study racial, religious and ethnic fairness within the US court system.

“Conversations with History” Interview with Judge Wallace, March 11, 2009
Listen to Judge Wallace interviewed by Harry Kreisler, Executive Director, Institute for International Studies in his series “Conversations with History” here.

Rule of Law in Russia: A Successful Reform?
Chief Justice Ivanov, Supreme Arbitrazh Court, Russian Federation
March 31| Boalt Hall
Judge Ivanov addressed the rule of law in Russia and the challenges ofestablishing independentcourts, eliminating corruption, and building a market economy.

A Discussion with Professor Lowell Bergman and Nuhu Ribadu
In his first public appearance in the United States since fleeing Nigeria, embattled prosecutor Nuhu Ribadu sat down with Professor Lowell Bergman for a discussion on international bribery.
March 31|
Co-Sponsored by the School of Journalism

International Law: a presentation by US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
April 10 |  International House, UC Berkeley

Co-Sponsored by the Richard C. Blum Center for Delveloping Economies

The Changing Nature of State-Minority Relations in the EU Accession Process
Professor Dilek Kurban
April 15 | Boalt Hall
Co-Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

Miller Distinguished Lecture: “Global Health and Human Rights”


FALL 2009

Promoting Enduring Change in the Developing World
Richard Beahrs, Member of the UN Hunger Task Force
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Expanding your Micro-enterprise in an Active Theater of War Sarah Chayes, Journalist & Author

Monday, November 3, 2008 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Dean’s Seminar Room, 215B Boalt Hall
Co-Sponsored by: UC Berkeley, School of Law  & Blum Center for Developing Economies

Justice & the Law:  Indian Democracy
In cooperation with the Center for South Asia Studies

Lecture: “The Futility of War: Capitalism, Democracy & the Perpetuation of Peace”
In cooperation with the Institute of International Studies

The American Presidency at War
In cooperation with Institute of Governmental Studies

Water Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Organized by the Robbins Collection

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Enforcement and Outcomes

International Outsourcing of the Legal Profession

Global Corporate Social Responsibility:  the Role of the Legal Profession
Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Bali & Beyond with Alice Thomas from Earth Justice
Co-sponsored by the International Legal Society and CLEE.

Privacy Lecture: Professor David Cole
Organized by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Fall 2008 Speaker Series

Expanding your Micro-enterprise in an Active Theater of War
Sarah Chayes, Journalist & Author Monday
Co-Sponsored by: UC Berkeley, School of Law  & Blum Center for Developing Economies Chayes discussed the challenges of running a sustainable business in the active theater of war that southern Afghanistan has now become. She charted the incredible voyage of discovery that she and her 13 Afghan cooperative members are embarked upon — which has opened their eyes to more botany, chemistry, aesthetics and politics than any of them could ever have dreamed. She provided her unvarnished perspective on the situation in Afghanistan today, what went wrong, and what actions hold the most promise for positive progress in the future.

Promoting Enduring Change in the Developing World
Richard Beahrs, Member of the UN Hunger Task Force

Approaching Seven Billion
Joseph Chamie, Director, Center for Migration Studies
Mr. Chamie served the UN in the field of population and development both overseas and in New York for more than 25 years. Among other major duties, he was the deputy secretary-general for the 1994 UN International Conference for Population and Development.
Sponsor: Institute of International Studies

Fall 2008 Workshops on International Law and International Relations

Representation and Power in International Organization: The Operational Constitution and Its Critics
Jacob Katz Cogan, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Public Opinion and Foreign Affairs
Jennifer Martinez, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Currency Manipulation and World Trade
Alan Sykes, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

International Human Rights: Law, Politics and Accountability
Beth Simmons, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Coalitions, Autonomy and the State
Tino Cuellar Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

The Design of International Agreements
Ian Hurd, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

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