Fall 2020 Events

Career Talk – International Arbitration and Big Law with Raquel Sloan

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/92215007542 
Meeting ID: 922 1500 7542

Join BJIL in speaking with Raquel Sloan and her work in the field of international arbitration. We will hear about her practice area, discuss strategies for those interested in doing international arbitrations in their career, and get some tips for the upcoming OCI!

Raquel Martinez Sloan

Associate, White and Case International Law Firm

Raquel is an associate in the Firm’s International Arbitration Group, where she represents foreign sovereigns and private parties in complex arbitration matters. She has experience representing clients in disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) and other major arbitral forums pursuant to bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Raquel is an active member of various arbitration associations and is an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, as well as the Associate Editor for the ITA in Review, the law journal of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.  She is also a leader in a number of legal and charitable organizations, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Professional Development Committee.

During law school, Raquel worked in Singapore as a summer law clerk to Christopher Lau S.C., one of Singapore’s leading arbitrators on major domestic and international commercial and investor-State arbitrations. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  An engaged student on the Berkeley Law campus, she served as the President of the La Raza Law Students Association, the organization for Latinx law students, and was a recipient of the Honorable Cruz Reynoso Fellowship Award.

Sponsored by:
Berkeley Journal of International Law

Co-Sponsored by:
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Human Rights at a Crossroads?  A Time for Critical Reflection on the Human Rights Project

November 2020

This workshop brings together prominent experts from academia, leading human rights NGOs, and the United Nations to consider the challenges facing human rights, competing ideas about how human rights can address inequality and suffering, and what the agenda for the movement should be to confront the world’s pressing human rights challenges.

This event is for invited participants only. 

Click here for the event program.



Berkeley Journal of International Law Lunch Talk Series:  Lunch Talk with Professor Mitu Gulati at Duke Law School
Legal Air Cover: ways to address a potential multi-sovereign debt crisis in COVID era

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM 
Zoom link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/95146558841

Economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may soon result in multiple sovereign debtors moving into default territory. However, there is no effective policy in place to address multi-sovereign debt crises. His forthcoming paper, “Legal Air Cover,” proposes four types of ex post state interventions to address COVID-related sovereign debt issues in emerging market countries.

Professor Mitu Gulati, Duke Law School

Professor Mitu Gulati teaches and writes in various fields, including international law and sovereign debt, contract law, and the study of race and gender disparities. Professor Gulati has addressed complex and technical issues regarding sovereign debt pricing and structuring in practice. As an example, the New York Times featured Professor Gulati as the “architect of Greece’s debt deal” in 2012. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1994, he taught at UCLA Law School and Georgetown Law School before joining Duke Law School in 2005. His works on sovereign debt have been published in various law journals including California Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Duke Law Journal.

Sponsored by:
Berkeley Journal of International Law

Co-Sponsored by:
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law


Not Just Waiting: The Path to Abolition of the Death Penalty in the Foreseeable Future
A conversation with Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate Matthew Goldberg

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
1:00 PM– 2:00 PM PST

Zoom link:  https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98063400432 

The global human rights agenda hasn’t been immobilized by the coronavirus pandemic. A prime illustration is the resolution calling for ‘A Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty’; an important instrument that should be adopted on schedule by the UN General Assembly later this year. Participants at this IHRW event can expect to explore key issues in advance of the vote on the resolution.  The international parameters for the irrevocable abolition of the death penalty will also be addressed at this session, drawing upon extensive experience in the field, recent observations of state practice and guidance from the Human Rights Committee. This should be an opportunity to challenge the thesis that the international legal position on the death penalty is inaccessible and to rationally develop guiding principles that concern the future of the administration of criminal justice in all jurisdictions. Join barrister and Monash University’s Eleos Justice initiative senior fellow, Matthew Goldberg and the International Human Rights Workshop as we discuss the legal status of the death penalty, the global movement for abolition, some promising developments in the Asia Pacific region, and the role of international organizations.

Matthew Goldberg, Senior Fellow, Monash University Law School

Matthew Goldberg is an experienced criminal barrister and a senior fellow at Monash University Law School where he is responsible for leading the Eleos Justice initiative’s UN Advocacy Project. In 2019, Matthew was one of Australia’s civil society representatives to the UN Human Rights Council where he worked alongside Australia’s Permanent Mission to the UN in order to secure the Council’s adoption of the Resolution on the Question of the Death Penalty. Matthew is a former president of Reprieve Australia (now the Capital Punishment Justice Project) and he was responsible for expanding that organisation’s work to Asia whilst maintaining legacy projects in the US. Matthew has joined with local legal teams in defence of people on death row in many settings.He was a co-founder of the Mercy Campaign, an online movement calling for clemency in death penalty proceedings within Indonesia. More than 250,000 people joined the campaign and Australia’s federal parliament was united in its support. Matthew continues to serve as a board member of the Capital Punishment Justice Project and he is also a delegate to the Steering Committee of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the peak international body for anti-death penalty advocates.

Sponsored by:

Berkeley Law International Human Rights Workshop
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Criminalization of Climate Migrants    
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
10:00 AM PST / 7:00 AM HST
Webinar Link:  https://berkeley.zoom.us/s/97415379588
Event Contact: Carrie Rosenbaum, crosenbaum@berkeley.edu

There are two seemingly disparate trends building momentum across the globe that have yet to be examined in relation to one another. The first is climate change. Acknowledgment and awareness of climate change has steadily increased, although with more controversy in some nations than others. The second trend is the use of prisons to deter migration. At the same time that leaders are exploring ways of addressing climate change, countries that have tended to receive more of the world’s migrants are increasingly relying on criminalization and imprisonment to deter migration. These two challenges may be related, and each has its own racial justice and equality implications.

The Immigrant Justice & Climate Refugee Working Group’s inaugural event will bring together speakers in the fields of immigration law and environmental law and climate migration to initiate a conversation that brings these two important topics together. This interdisciplinary conversation will explore the potential relationship between these problems and to create a foundation to inform the development of strategies to simultaneously address these problems and further equality, immigration justice, and solutions to climate change.


Tendayi Achiume, Professor of Law, UCLA Law

Tendayi Achiume is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, and Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. She is also a Research Associate with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand. The current focus of her work is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. More generally, her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, and property.

Maxine A. Burkett, Professor of Law, University of Hawai’i School of Law

Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An expert in the law and policy of climate change, she has written extensively in diverse areas of climate change law with a particular focus on climate justice—exploring policy responses to climate change’s impacts on vulnerable communities in the United States and globally. Professor Burkett has presented her research throughout the United States and in West Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the Caribbean. She has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, International Business Times, and Nature Climate Change.

Sponsored by:
Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law

Co-sponsored by:
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative
Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law
Kadish Center for Morality, Law & Public Affairs
Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley

Berkeley Journal of International Law Lunch Talk Series:  Lunch with International Law Professor Katerina Linos   
Monday, October 19, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST

All participants and hosts are now required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley.
Zoom Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/91224110195
Click here for a recorded video.

Join us in a conversation with Berkeley Law Professor Katerina Linos to learn about her current research on international organizations, refugee law, anti-trust, and the global response to Covid-19.

Sponsored by:
Berkeley Journal of International Law

Co-Sponsored by:
Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Virtual Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative Law
Monday, August 24, 2020     
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM



The Miller Institute is hosting a virtual reception to welcome incoming JD, LLM, JSD, and JSP students interested in international and comparative law. Students will have an opportunity to meet international law faculty members, hear from international law student groups, and learn about international law classes, programs, and events.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



If you could not attend it live on 8/24, please click here for a recorded video.