Fall 2011 Events

The Miller Institute has hosted many engaging events for the Boalt Community, including our Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, conferences and symposia, and our lunchtime speaker series on topics such as rule of law, anti-corruption, and human rights.  


August 30, 2011 (Tuesday)

hague peace palace2Conversation on “The International Court of Justice”

Judge Joan Donoghue (’81), International Court of Justice
Professor Richard Buxbaum, Berkeley Law
Professor Saira Mohamed, Berkeley Law
132 Law Building, 12:30-2:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the American Society of International Law

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August 30, 2011 (Tuesday)

Lecture on “Revolution and Change in the Middle East: Policy Challenges for the United States”

Hon. Daniel C. Kurtzer
S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University
former US Ambassador to Egypt and Israel
223 Moses Hall, 4:00 pm 

Co-sponsored with the Institute for International Studies and the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies 

Revolutions, counter-revolutions and peace-process stagnation are presenting unprecedented challenges for the United States in the Middle East. Can the United States influence change or is the “American era” in the region drawing to a close?  


September 2, 2011 (Friday)

Panel on “September 11: Ten Years Later”

140 Law Building, 12:45-2:00 pm

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law will present a panel reflecting on the tenth anniversary of September 11.  The discussion will focus on the future:  What is the likely future of terrorism and, given what we have learned over the past decade, what is our way forward?

Moderated by Dean Christopher Edley.  Panelists will include Berkeley Law professors:  Maria Echaveste, Saira Mohamed, Paul Schwartz, and Jonathan Simon.


October 23, 2011 (Sunday)

Symposium on “Massacre at Marzabotto: Italy’s New Verdict on the Crimes of World War II”

state of exception poster105 Law Building, 12-6pm


Free and open to the public

Free street parking with garage parking for a fee nearby, and walking distance to BART in downtown Berkeley

Courtesy RSVP to ndonovan@law.berkeley.edu

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law & the Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay

The Marzabotto Symposium is one of three related programs on “The Exceptional Case:  Italy’s New Nazi Trials and their Significance for Human Rights Today,” that will explore Italy’s ongoing reckoning with the crimes of World War II. This series will focus on the largest single massacre of Italian civilians carried out by German troops in Italy, and one recent criminal trial that gave life sentences to ten Germans and fines of more than $100 million.

This afternoon symposium will present the film “The State of Exception: A Trial for the Monte Sole Massacre after 62 Years” (2008), which will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker Germano Maccioni and refreshments.

The other two parts of the three-day series are a film program at the Orinda Theatre in Orinda on October 22 (6:30-9:30 pm), and a roundtable event at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on October 24 (7-9 pm).


October 27 and 28, 2011 (Thursday and Friday)

Two Lectures by
Judge Thomas van Danwitz. European Court of Justice

Co-sponsored with European Union Center for Excellence

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“A Fresh Start for the Charter – Fundamental Questions on the Application of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights”
Thursday, October 27, 12:00-1:30 pm
223 Moses Hall
light lunch will be served

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“Nondiscrimination in the Recent Jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice”
Friday, October 28, 11:15 am-12:30 pm
Goldberg Room (297 Law Building)
light lunch will be served



November 18, 2011 (Friday)

The Internet in Bello:  Seminar on Cyber War Law, Ethics & Policy

Goldberg Room (297 Law Building), 9 am-4 pm

Hosted by
International Committee of the Red Cross
American Society for International Law’s Lieber Society
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology


The seminar will examine legal, ethical and policy issues posed by cyber warfare. While much attention has been paid to jus ad bellum issues – examining when and under what circumstances a cyber attack constitutes an armed attack for the purposes of self defense – relatively little discussion has focused on how cyber warfare might require new rules, or new interpretations of rules, regarding the conduct of hostilities, or the jus in bello, once armed conflict has begun.

For more information, visit the seminar website.