Fall 2016 Events

AUGUST 29, 2016 (MONDAY)

Welcome Reception for Incoming International Law Students

Warren Room (295 Law Building) | 5:30-7:00pm

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

Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Co-Faculty Director of the Miller Institute, welcomes everyone to the 2016 reception

OCTOBER 1-31, 2016

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 2017 ASIL Annual Meeting on “What International Law Values,” will be held in Washington DC from April 12-15. 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 24).

For more information, see the Fellowship page.

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Career Talk: Working for the United Nations

hartmann-photo-2-edited2-cropped Michael E. Hartmann (‘79)
Director, Rule of Law Unit
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
170 Law Building | 11:45 am-1:00 pm

lunch will be served on a first-come / first-served basis

Michael E. Hartmann (‘79) has been the Chief of the Rule of Law Unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) since 2013. He was the advisor to the Attorney General of Afghanistan for US State/INL Bureau-JSSP (2005-07), advisor to the Attorney General’s Office of Indonesia for USAID (2010-11), and UNODC’s Criminal Justice Programme Manager in Afghanistan (2008-10).  

His international prosecution work includes being Senior Crown Prosecutor (Barrister) and war crimes coordinator for Australia’s RAMSI Solomon Islands mission (2012-13), and the first UN-appointed international prosecutor for Kosovo (2000-05), appealing before Kosovo’s Supreme Court and investigating and prosecuting trials of genocide, war crimes, terrorism, corruption, assassinations, rape, and ethnic hate crimes. In Bosnia, he served as team leader for UNMIBH’s Judicial System Assessment Programme and as the Bosnia field representative for UNODC’s anticorruption project (1998-2000). In 2003, he was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and in 1996 was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Law in Pakistan.

Mr. Hartmann graduated from Boalt in 1979 and taught Criminal Trial Practice as a Berkeley Law adjunct professor in 1993-96.


“Regulating Silicon Valley: The View From Abroad”

Helen Malikova (right) with Prof. Katerina Linos

Helena Malikova
Case Manager
European Commission, Directorate General for Competition
132 Law Building | 12:45-1:45 pm

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, the Berkeley Business Law Journal, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Register now at:  tinyurl.com/jhulwd7

Lunch provided on a first-come / first-served basis

Interested in the recent European Commission (EC) decision in the Apple case, requiring Ireland to claim 13 billion euros of unpaid taxes from Apple? Hear from the EC’s case manager for the investigation about the decision and explore the potential of EC State aid investigations to change the global business landscape!

Helena Malikova, CFA, is a case manager at the European Commission (EC), Directorate General for Competition. She joined the EC in 2009 at the outbreak of the financial crisis and previously worked at Société Generale and Credit Suisse. Helena has been involved with investigations into the tax arrangements at Starbucks, Fiat, Amazon, McDonald’s and most recently, she was the case manager for the EC’s investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland. For anyone interested in corporate law or financial regulation, this is a talk not to miss!

September 30-October 1, 2016 (Friday-Saturday)

Frederick J Kenney, Director of Legal and External Affairs, International Maritime Organization

Conference on “Stress Testing the Law of the Sea: Dispute Resolution, Disasters and New Challenges”

Dickson Poon School of Law
King’s College London

Organized by the Transnational Law Institute (TLI), King’s College London, and the Law of the Sea Institute (LOSI), Berkeley Law
Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

The two-day conference will include two keynote addresses and a series of panels, each of which will investigate developments in a specific field in which oceans law is facing new challenges.

Bringing together thought leaders on oceans law and dispute resolution, participants in the conference will engage an in-depth dialogue about the current challenges to and possible force multipliers of sovereignty for the direction and future of ocean law. It is the hope that the meeting will contribute to the building of a collaborative network for continued deliberation.

The conference is organized by Stephen Minas, Senior Research Fellow, TLI and Jordan Diamond, Executive Director, LOSI.



2016 Riesenfeld Symposium: “Business Without Borders: Regulating Global Finance”

Prof. Stefan Riesenfeld

100 Law Building | 12:45-5:00 pm

Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law
Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

One of the great traditions at Berkeley Law is the Stefan Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law.  Stefan Riesenfeld (’37) was a Berkeley Law professor and recognized authority in numerous legal specialties including international law, comparative law, property law, creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy, administrative law, and legal history.  

In addition to the symposium, the Riesenfeld Award is given to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law and who has demonstrated a commitment to the values that Professor Riesenfeld espoused. This year’s honoree is David Wright, Secretary General, International Organization of Securities Commissions (2012-2016).

For more information, see the Symposium page.

Keynote Address | 12:45-2:00
 • David Wright, Secretary General, International Organization of Securities Commissions (2012-2016)

Panel on Enforcement of Securities Regulations in Cross-Border Transactions  | 2:15-3:30
 • Jill E. Fisch, Visiting Professor, Berkeley Law
 • Alexis Coll-Very, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
 • James Kreissman, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
 • Marianne Olson, Senior Special Counsel-International Enforcement, SEC Office of International Affairs

Panel on Compliance Issues in Cross-Border Financial Transactions | 3:45-5:00
 • Aaron Tidman, Anti-Corruption Counsel, Gilead Sciences
 • Stavros Gadinis, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
 • John F. McKenzie, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

David Wright, 2016 Riesenfeld Award winner


“The South China Sea-West Philippine Sea Dispute”

img_0891-editedAntonio T. Carpio
Senior Associate Justice
Supreme Court of the Philippines
134 Law Building | 1:00-2:00 pm

Introduction by Interim Dean Melissa Murray

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Antonio Carpio, incumbent Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, is the architect of the successful Philippines case brought against China in the recent historic ruling of the International Permanent Court of Arbitration.  

Justice Carpio studied law at the University of the Philippines’ College of Law, and was admitted to the bar in 1975. He immediately went into private practice, establishing Carpio Villaraza and Cruz LLP. In 1992, Justice Carpio was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel in the Office of the President of the Philippines, and on October 26, 2001, he was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Justice Carpio has received the Presidential Medal of Merit, the Outstanding Achievement in Law Award from the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Ateneo de Davao University.

Interim Dean Melissa Murray and Justice Antonio Carpio


Career Talk: Working for the US State Department

Brian Egan (’00) and Ruchi Gugliani Gill
Office of the Legal Advisor
US Department of State

170 Law Building | 12:00-1:30 pm

lunch will be served on a first-come / first-served basis

Ruchi Gugliani Gill and Brian Egan



“International Law and Stability in Cyberspace”

img_1052-edited2Brian Egan (’00)
Legal Advisor, Department of State
105 Law Building | 4:30 pm

Introduction by Prof. Saira Mohamed, Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology


Brian Egan (’00) was sworn in as State Department Legal Adviser in February 2016.   He has served as Legal Adviser to the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President at the White House (2013-16); Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury (2012-13); Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Staff and Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President (2011-12); and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Staff (2009-11); and Attorney-Adviser at the Department of State (2005-09). Mr. Egan received a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Berkeley Law.


L-R: Prof. Chimene Keitner, Prof. Kate Jastram, Prof. Saira Mohamed, Brian Egan, Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Ruchi Gugliani Gill, and CarrieLyn Guymon


November 28, 2016 (Monday)

Conference on “Maritime Disputes in Asia”

Boalt Hall

Organized by the Korea Law Center
Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

The Korea Law Center welcomed scholars from leading law schools in Latin America to Berkeley, for a conference to compare maritime disputes in Asia and South America. Prompted by an international tribunal opinion in July on the South China Seas, the participants discussed principles to decide competing territorial claims involving China, Japan, and Korea in Asia.  They compared the disputes with others that Latin American nations had resolved peacefully, and sought to identify important factors that avoided a resort to force. 

Participants included:  Marcela Corro Priego, UDLAP, Mexico; Gustavo Costa Aguilar, Argentina Católica Universidad, Argentina; Gina Choi, Berkeley Law; Susana Davalos, UNAM, Mexico; Pablo Echeverri, Berkeley Law; Julio Gaitan Bohorquez, Universidad de Rosario, Colombia; Leonardo Hekimian, Argentina Católica Universidad, Argentina; Hanteak Im, Hanyang University, Korea; Raul Howe Maranon, IDN Consultoria, Mexico; Walter Menezes, University of Sao Pãolo, Brazil; Oscar Sumar, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru; and Christian Villalong Torrijo, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile.