August 27, 2018 (Monday)
Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative Law
Steinhart Courtyard | 5:00-6:30 pm
The Miller Institute is hosting a reception to welcome incoming JD, LLM, JSD, and JSP students interested in international and comparative law. Students will have an opportunity to meet members of the international law faculty, hear from international law student groups, such as the Berkeley Journal for International Law and the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, and learn about international law classes, programs, and events.
For more information, contact Karen Chin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 13, 2018 (Thursday)
New Ways to Investigate Human Rights Violations
Goldberg Room (297 Law Building) | 6:00-7:30 pm
The Human Rights Center’s Tech and Human Rights Director Felim McMahon in conversation with Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team:
- Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director
- Micah Farfour, Special Advisor for Remote Sensing
- Milena Marin, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research
- Scott Edwards, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research
Introduction by Alexa Koenig, HRC Executive Director
On-the-ground evidence gathering is being combined with cutting-edge remote investigative methods to transform the way human rights defenders respond to crisis situations. With Amnesty International’s support, the Human Rights Center launched its Human Rights Investigations Lab (HRC Lab) in 2016 to begin teaching those methods for the first time in a university. Today, Berkeley students are assisting global investigations in real time. Come meet members of one of the teams they support.
September 14-15, 2018 (Friday-Saturday)
Memorial and Conference to Commemorate Professor David D. Caron ’83
A leading scholar, judge, and arbitrator, Caron taught at Berkeley Law from 1987 to 2013, gaining a reputation as a warm and generous peer and teacher. Colleagues recalled him as an international law “superstar,” an innovator, a mentor, and a nurturing father. He left Berkeley Law in 2013 to become Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He also served as president of the American Society of International Law, was a member of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and sat as judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice.
Memorial for Professor David D. Caron ’83
September 14, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House | 4:00 pm
The Elegance of International Law: A Conference in Commemoration of Professor David D. Caron ’83
September 15, 2018 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Berkeley Law, University of California
To register and learn more about these events, please visit www.law.berkeley.edu/david-caron.
September 20, 2018 (Thursday)
A Landmark Case on Maternal Mortality in Uganda
170 Law Building |12:45pm
Organized by the Human Rights Center
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Human Rights Law Students Association, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
The Uganda-based Center for Health, Human Rights and Development and the families of women who suffered preventable deaths in childbirth have sued the Ugandan government in a landmark case, demanding that the state provide minimum health guarantees to expectant mothers. University of Wyoming Law Professor Noah Novogrodsky and UC Berkeley School of Public Health Professor Ndola Prata will discuss the challenge of promoting social and economic rights through test-case litigation. The Human Rights Center and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health have supported this groundbreaking project from inception.
September 20-21, 2018 (Thursday-Friday)
Conference on Common Currents: Examining How We Govern the Ocean Commons
Organized and sponsored by the Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley; the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology; the Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia University; and the Korea Polar Research Institute (cooperating sponsor)
Additional support by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Experts in international ocean law, policy, economics, and science will gather in New York City to discuss to what extent, and to what effect, we manage the oceans as a global commons. Participants will strive to identify when and how ocean resources or areas have been managed as a commons, and to analyze and evaluate the efficacy of such efforts. The conference will feature a series of panel discussions about key areas and resources, that will span jurisdictional boundaries and engage cross-disciplinary expertise.
For more information, please visit the conference website.
October 1-31, 2018
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 2019 ASIL Annual Meeting on “International Law as an Instrument,” will be held in Washington DC from March 27-30. 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 22).
For more information, see the Fellowship page.
October 4, 2018 (Thursday)
Freedom and Ethics in The Era of Big Data
170 Law Building | 12:50-2:00 pm
lunch will be served on a first-come / first-service basis
Co-sponsored with the Institute for European Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and the UC Berkeley School of Information
Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock has been Chair of Systematic Theology (Ethics) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg since 2010. After a vicarship at the Protestant Church in Holzwickede, Germany (1995), he held several positions in academia as researcher, Assistant, Associate and Full Professor in Bochum and Marburg (1995-2010). In 2011, he became ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria.
Prof. Dabrock has served in many high-level national and international advisory bodies in academia, Church, and Society including the Central Ethics Committee at the German Medical Association (2004-2013), the DFG-Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation (since 2011), and the European Group on Ethics (2011-2016). He was appointed as a member of the German Ethics Council in 2012, and was elected Vice-Chair (2012-2016) and Chairperson (2016-present). Since 2017 he has been an appointed member of ACATECH (German National Academy of Science and Engineering).
Prof. Dabrock has published several books and more than 200 articles with special focus on ethics of life sciences, of biomedicine, of technology, of social justice and of life forms.
October 9, 2018 (Tuesday)
“The Rohingya: On the Edge of Existence” – Photo Show Opening Reception
Donor Lobby, Boalt Hall | 5:00-7:30 pm
The Human Rights Center will present a striking show of black-and-white photography by Chris Beale documenting the Rohingya through the events of 2012-2017, beginning with life in the villages and confinement camps of Rakine State (Myanmar), through the wave of ethnic cleansing and the mass exodus of Rohingya people over land and on boats, to the now sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. The opening will feature HRC staff experts on human rights and hate speech in Myanmar such as Eric Stover and Felim McMahon.
October 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
“Mother, Daughter, Sister” – Film Screening and Panel on Sexual Violence in Myanmar
Organized by Human Rights Center, Human Rights Law Student Association, Amnesty International, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies
Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy joins Muslim Burmese interfaith activist Myo Win, Rohingya lawyer and activist Wai Wai Nu, the HRC’s Kim Thuy Seelinger and UC Berkeley Burmese professor Kenneth Wong to screen her newest film and discuss sexual and gender based violence in both Rakine and Kachin states in Myanmar and globally.
October 23, 2018 (Tuesday)
Is a Habitable Planet a Human Right? The Juliana case
110 Law Building |12:50 pm
- Kelly Matheson, WITNESS
- Sharon Duggan, Our Children’s Trust
- Tamara Morgenthau, International Human Rights Law Clinic
- Ted Lamm, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Moderator: Jordan Diamond, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment
In the case of Juliana vs. the United States slated to be heard in US District Court this month, 21 youth plaintiffs assert that “through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property…and failed to protect essential public trust resources.” Other cases brought internationally against governments and fossil fuel corporations seek to protect the survival of people and ecosystems. Can litigation and advocacy protect the vulnerable peoples of the world where democracy and politics have failed?
October 23, 2018 (Tuesday)
Hear PJ’s Story: Fighting Crimmigration with Community
140 Law Building | 12:45 pm
October 30, 2018 (Tuesday)
Gender and Transformative Equality: New Horizons
240 Law Building | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organized by Berkeley Comparative Equality & Antidiscrimination Law Study Group
Co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Professor Sandra Fredman proposes a transformative understanding of gender equality, requiring attention be paid simultaneously to four dimensions of equality: redressing disadvantage (the distributive dimension); addressing stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence (the recognition dimension); facilitating voice and participation (the participative dimension); and accommodating difference and achieving structural change (the transformative dimension).
Sandra Fredman is Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and became a Queen’s Council (honoris causa) in 2012. In 2012, she founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub, of which she is the director. She has published widely and has numerous peer reviewed publications in the fields of gender equality, labour law, and human rights.
Her books include Comparative Human Rights (OUP, 2018 forthcoming); Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (OUP, 2nd ed 2011); Women and the Law (OUP, 1997); The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988) with Gillian Morris, and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed, Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She edited Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer, and Discrimination and Human Rights: the Case of Racism (OUP, 2001). She has been an expert advisor on equality for a variety of governments and organizations, including the UK, Northern Ireland, Canada, the ILO, UN Women, the World Bank, the EU Commission and the UN Working Group on non-discrimination against women in social and economic life. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Judge Navanethem ‘Navi’ Pillay will speak to her work spanning the struggle for freedom in South Africa, on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, on the International Criminal Court, and as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, including her current work on international justice and against the death penalty.
For more information, click here.
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