Fall 2014 Events


Welcome Reception for Incoming International Law Students

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


The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming JD and LLM 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.

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(left photo) students at reception; (right photo) Profs. Kate Jastram and Richard Buxbaum welcoming students


October 1-31, 2014

Miller Institute-ASIL Student Fellowship Application Period

The Miller Institute-American Society of International Law (ASIL) Student Fellow is awarded funding to attend the 2015 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/ae. Attending the meeting is an unparalleled opportunity to expand your knowledge and build your network.

Applicants must be available to travel during the Annual Meeting dates of April 8-11, 2015. The application period is October 1–31, 2014, and the winner will be notified by Thanksgiving.

For more information, see the Fellowship page.

October 1-31, 2014

International Humanitarian Law Student Workshop Application Period

This popular 3-day workshop, which takes place from January 7-9, 2015, combines lectures and hands-on small group exercises on international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop is open to a limited number of law students from around the country, and is taught by legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross, lawyers for the U.S. Armed Forces, and law professors who specialize in IHL.

For more information, see the Workshop page.


October 6, 2014 (Monday)

becca heller“Refugees in the Era of ISIS:  Evaluating the US Response”

A discussion with
Becca Heller
Director, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
110 Law Building, 12:45-2:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the International Refugee Assistance Project

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), founded in 2008 by students at Yale Law School, organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees through a combination of direct legal aid and systemic advocacy. IRAP is currently comprised of 25 chapters internationally, mostly in US law schools. To date, it has resettled around 2,500 cases.


October 7, 2014 (Tuesday)

Brown Bag Lunch Talk:  Careers in Public International Law

Asa Solway (’09)
Rule of Law Liaison Office, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
134 Law Building, 12:45-2:00 pm

Asa Solway (’09) acts as the representative of the Rule of Law Liaison Office for northern Kosovo, where he monitors and reports on developments in the area of rule of law with emphasis on the integration of parallel judicial structures into the formal legal system. Solway also served a lawyer assisting judges on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.



October 16, 2014 (Thursday)

Brown Bag Lunch Talk:  Careers in Public International Law

Tracey Begley
Public Affairs Officer, International Committee of the Red Cross
134 Law Building, 12:45-2:00 pm

In her capacity as Public Affairs Officer for Washington DC delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Ms. Begley is primarily responsible for the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law and works closely with the academic community. Prior to this position, she served as a legal attaché to the ICRC’s Legal Division in the Geneva headquarters.



Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process”

A moderated discussion featuring
Abraham Sofaer, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; former legal advisor, US Department of State
Janine Zacharia, Stanford University; former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post

Moderated by Mark Yudof, UC President Emeritus, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

The Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
5:00 pm reception / 5:45 pm moderated discussion

Co-sponsored with Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies; Institute for International Studies; Institute of Governmental Studies

To ensure a seat, please RSVP to Berkeley_Institute@law.berkeley.edu.


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October 22, 2014 (Wednesday)

Pathways to Employment in International Law

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

Sponsored by International Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the California Bar Association

This luncheon panel will feature attorneys practicing international law here in the Bay Area. Practice areas discussed will include international trade, arbitration, employment law, corporate social responsibility, and intellectual property law. Learn about the job application process, the importance of making connections, and what it’s really like to practice international law as a career.

Karla Haynes, Counsel, Chevron Corporation

Maria Chedid, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Monique Liburd (’08), Trademark Counsel, Google
Jorja Jackson, Senior Corporate Counsel, Salesforce.com
John McKenzie, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP


October 23, 2014 (Thursday)

“The Terrorist Prosecutor’s Dilemma:  Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security”

Major Patrick Walsh (’98)
The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School

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

Co-sponsored with the Boalt Association of Military and Veterans

Major Patrick Walsh (’98), who teaches international and operational law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, is a military reservist currently serving on active duty.  As a civilian, he is an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Nevada, where he served as the lead national security and terrorism prosecutor for the district. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.

Major Walsh received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, his law degree from Berkeley Law, and his LLM in Military Law with an emphasis in International and Operation Law from the US Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. He teaches War Crimes, Terrorism and the Law, National Security Law, Domestic Operations Law and Reserve Component Affairs.

Please RSVP to nmonacelli@berkeley.edu by October 20 to guarantee a lunch.

November 19, 2014 (Wednesday)

“Disciplining the Global Social Body:  Criminalization, Political Economy and International Law”

Chantal Thomas
Professor of Law, Cornell University, Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School
221 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley, 6:00-8:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Program in Critical Theory and the Center for the Study of Law and Society

Policing of illegal markets has contributed significantly to the strengthening of international law as an institutional presence. Such policing efforts both mediate and contribute to anxieties related to globalization. They also generate other significant effects in international space – including the formation of a global demos that may lay the groundwork for greater levels of global regulation in the future. The implications of this dynamic are strikingly at odds with traditional liberal theories of governance and of internationalization, suggesting that the foundation for governance is not contractarian but security-based. This project considers particular instances of this phenomenon, such as the growing international legal framework against trafficking in persons. It suggests that cultural and historical conceptions of gender and sexuality may be informing how policing and punishment tactics engage with disparate, feminized, precarious labor markets in the globalized economy. (Thomas)

Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between international law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of contexts. With Joel Trachtman, she is the author of Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (Oxford University Press 2009).

To register for this workshop and receive the pre-circulated paper, please contact critical_theory@berkeley.edu.