Fall 2021 Events

Resisting Persecution: Jews and their Petitions during the Holocaust
Lecture: Tuesday, December 7
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM |  Zoom

 Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History, University of Southern California; Founding Director, USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research

 John Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History at Berkeley; Faculty Director, Center for Jewish Studies

 Institute of European StudiesCenter for Jewish StudiesGerman Historical Institute Pacific Regional OfficeCenter for German and European Studies;Resisting persecution flyerCosponsors: Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

In almost every archive in Europe, researchers can find countless petitions written by Jews under Nazi persecution. Historians have long neglected those thousands and thousands of entreaties as written in vain. New research demands a reassessment of these letters as acts of resistance as they often go beyond just requesting exceptions from discriminatory measures. Rereading those petitions revealed that Jewish men and women openly protested Nazi persecution and re-claimed their identities as Germans and Austrians, as citizens and as valuable contributors to their home countries. This research is part of a larger reevaluation of Jewish resistance, redefining it by including and emphasizing acts of individual resistance.

Wolf Gruner is the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and professor of history at the University of Southern California (USC). In 2014, he became the founding director of the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (previously USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research). He is a specialist in German-Jewish history, Holocaust and comparative genocide studies, topics on which he authored ten books and over 70 articles and book chapters. His most recent publication is the prizewinning “Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia. Czech Initiatives, German Policies and Jewish responses” (2019). He just finished a book manuscript “’Impudent Jews’. Forgotten stories of individual Jewish resistance in Hitler’s Germany”. He also coedited four volumes, including “Resisting Persecution. Jews and their Petitions during the Holocaust (2020)”.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Ray Savord at rsavord@berkeley.edu or 510-643-4558 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.
 Register online
 Ray Savord,  rsavord@berkeley.edu,  510-643-4558

Careers & Internships in International Trade, Customs, and Exports Law Control
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
International trade flyer
1:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific
Virtual Panel Discussion sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL)

Have you ever thought about being an international trade lawyer? Hear from practitioners about the many opportunities in international trade law and how to start your career. As part of CITBA’s and ASIL’s commitments to a diverse trade bar, this event is geared towards law students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups.

Featuring: Derick G. Holt (Moderator), Partner, Wiley; Justin R. Becker, Associate, Sidley Austin; Jill Caiazzo, Principal Counsel, Global Trade, Amazon; Cynthia Galvez, Associate, Covington; Stephana J. Henry, Associate, Akin Gump; Kenneth Kirkwood, Counsel, Trade and Anti-Corruption, Abbott Laboratories; Franklin E. White, Jr., Assistant Director, U.S. Dept. Justice

This event is free and open to all. Register to receive additional information. A Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

Register:    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-internships-in-



Careers in the United Nations: Lunch Talk with Paul Goodwin (JD ’13)united nations careers flyer
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12:50 PM to 1:40 PM
Room 132, Berkeley Law

Paul Goodwin
Head of Unit/Compliance Specialist of the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (UNDP)

Mr. Goodwin is an international lawyer with expertise in different fields including human rights law, environmental law, independent accountability mechanisms, and alternative dispute resolution in the context of international development activity and the United Nations legal framework.

He will be providing insights into career opportunities in the UN and speaking about his experience working at the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit.

After the talk, join us for a chat with Mr. Goodwin at 1:40 PM at Steinhart Courtyard (boxed lunch from Gregoire will be provided). Sponsored by the Berkeley Journal of International Law;  cosponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.


What’s Up with the Torture Paintings on the Second Floor?
Thursday, October 7, 2021 
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Muslim Law Students Association presents: What’s up with the torture paintings on the second floor?  torture paintings flyer

Did the four large art pieces depicting torture outside the 2nd floor Reading Room ever catch your eye? Wonder what they’re about? Why they’re here? And where we, as students at Berkeley Law, fit into all this? Join us as we hear from the faculty members who helped bring Botero’s paintings to Berkeley Law. We will learn about the significance of the paintings — and who they’re depicting, their history before Berkeley Law, and Berkeley Law’s unique (or maybe not so unique) connection to torture. 

After the panel, we will gather in front of the paintings for group witness readings. 

Packaged lunch-to-go will be provided. RSVP here: www.tinyurl.com/boteros101
If you are unable to make it in-person, a Zoom link will be provided. Please see the RSVP form for more details.
Sponsored by the Muslim Law Students Association; Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law; Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Coalition Against Torture; cosponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

Virtual Welcome Reception for New Students Interested in International and Comparative LawWelcome reception flyer
Thursday, August 19, 2021     
12:50 PM – 1:50 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.