Fall 2013 Events

August 26, 2013 (Monday)

Welcome Reception for Incoming International Law Students

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

The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming law students interested in international law. Student will have the opportunity to meet members of the international law faculty, the International Law Society, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, and the Berkeley Journal for International Law, as well as current LLM students.



September 6, 2013 (Friday)

State Bar of California Program on “Current Trends in International Arbitration”

calif bar sealThe State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, 9:00 am- 5:30 pm

Sponsored by the International Law Section of the State Bar of California


The International Law Section of the State Bar of California is sponsoring a program on “Current Trends in International Arbitration,” which will be held in San Francisco.  

There will be a special law student price of $30 for this one-day program on International Arbitration.  This includes the entire program, the Opening Reception the night before, lunch at the program, and a networking mixer at the end of the program.

Participants may earn up to 6 hours MCLE credit.

The program will feature a keynote speech by Gary Born, chair of the International Arbitration and International Litigation practices at the international law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  He is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and one of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners. Mr. Born will speak on his novel proposal to expand the use of international commercial arbitration through adoption of bilateral arbitration treaties (BATs) inspired by the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that underpin investor-state arbitration.


September 9, 2013 (Monday)

“Political Movements as a Driving Force of Judicial Reform in the Dominican Republic”

Dr. Jorge Subero Isa 
former President of the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic
140 Law Building, 12:45 pm

Co-sponsored with the Advanced Degree Programs Office

Dr. Jorge Subero Isa, the former President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Dominican Republic, will discuss the intersection and influence of laws, institutions, and politics in the judicial and legal reform processes in the Dominican Republic.  


September 11, 2013 (Wednesday)

“Chevron in Richmond: Cooperation and Conflict Around the Bay Area’s Largest Oil Refinery”

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

▪John Gioia (’82), Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County; California Air Resources Board
▪Antonia Juhasz, Editor, The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report; Author, Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
Jamie O’Connell, Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Richmond, just north of Berkeley, hosts the second-largest oil refinery in California, owned and operated by Chevron, the eighth largest corporation in the world. Eighty-three percent of Richmond residents are people of color. Their average income places Richmond in the poorest 25% of California cities. Chevron has clashed with community activists over environmental and health issues, tax payments, and influence in local politics. Other Richmond residents focus on Chevron’s benefits, including jobs and support for community groups. Similar tensions arise around extractive industry facilities around the globe.


Tanks at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery
Photo courtesy of Shayan Sanyal

Explosion and fire at the Richmond Refinery, August 2012


September 20-21, 2013 (Friday-Saturday)

Judging Faith Workshop: An International Dialogue on the Jurisprudence on Religion in Courts

Warren Hall, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored with the IIS Institutions and Governance Program; the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs; the Robbins Collection; the ReliogWest Project of the Robert Schuman Center; the Institute of Governmental Studies; the IGS Anglo-American Studies Program; and the Politics of Religious Freedom Contested Norms and Local Practices Project

An invitation-only workshop.


September 30, 2013 (Monday)

Human Rights Backsliding

Profs. Andrew Guzman and Katerina Linos 
Berkeley Law
100 Law Building, 12:45 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Law and Society and the Law and Economics Workshop

A light lunch will be served from 12:15pm.  


October 11-12, 2013 (Friday-Saturday)

Workshop on “Use of Force and Security Cooperation”

Boalt Hall

Co-sponsored with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Invitation-only event.  


November 4, 2013 (Monday)

“Palestine Refugees and the Quest for Peace Amidst Times of Conflict”

Filippo Grandi
Commissioner General
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
110 Law Building, 5:30-6:30 pm (reception to follow)


Filippo Grandi was appointed UNRWA Commissioner-General in January 2010 after having served as its Deputy Commissioner-General since October 2005. He has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work for the past 26 years, 22 of which have been with the United Nations. Prior to joining UNRWA, he distinguished himself in a variety of headquarters and field functions encompassing refugee assistance, protection, emergency management, donor relations and humanitarian and political affairs.

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5.1 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank, and Gaza. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by contributions.  

Photos by Alex Turney


November 14, 2013 (Thursday)

Washington Institutute for Near East Policy 1828 L St NW #1050 Washington DC 20036

Prospects for Peace:  An Assessment by Ambassador Dennis Ross

105 Law Building, 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored with Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy, and Society, Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies, Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program, Olive Tree Initiative, and Berkeley Hillel

Ambassador Dennis Ross is Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former White House Special Middle East Envoy; and former Special Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia.

To ensure a seat, please RSVP to Rebecca Golbert at rlgolbert@law.berkeley.edu.  


November 20, 2013 (Wednesday)

Screening of “In This World”

132 Law Building, 7:00-8:30 pm

Sponsored by the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Berkeley Law students are invited to attend a screen of  “In This World,” a 2002 docudrama directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film follows two young Afghan refugees, Jamal Udin Torabi and Enayatullah, as they leave a refugee camp in Pakistan for a better life in London.

Pizza will be served while supplies last.  


November 22, 2013 (Friday)

ASIL Human Rights Interest Group Workshop

Boalt Hall

Sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at ASIL Academic Partner UC Berkeley School of Law

Invitation-only event.  The workshop will discuss works-in-progress on a range of topics in human rights law, including corporate responsibility for human rights violations, humanitarian intervention, and failures of the universal individualist approach to human rights.  


November 26, 2013 (Tuesday)

Presentations by Visiting French Scholars, University Jean Moulin-Lyon 3

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

Sponsored by the Advanced Degree Programs Office

The Advanced Degree Programs Office at Berkeley Law invites you to attend presentations by visiting French scholars from the University Jean Moulin- Lyon 3:

Jean- Sylvestre Berge – “Applying the Law in a Global Context”
Jerome Rive – “French Perspective on International Business and Management on MNCs”
Robert Sherratt – “Positions of European integration in France”

Each of the presentations will last 20 minutes and lunch will be served. For more information, please contact the ADP office at adpoffice@law.berkeley.edu or 510-642-1476.