2019 Riesenfeld Symposium


The Berkeley Journal of International Law presents



March 1, 2019 (Friday)

Please note new location:
Booth Auditorium (Room 175)
Berkeley Law
University of California

The Riesenfeld Symposium is free and open to the public

Two hours of general CLE credits are pending approval
by the State Bar of California

Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Morrison & Foerster LLP
White & Case LLP


Iván Velásquez Goméz receiving the Riesenfeld Award from Prof. Roxanna Altholz

One of the great traditions at Berkeley Law is the annual Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law. Each year, BJIL presents the keynote speaker with the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, traditionally given to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law. The purpose of the award is to honor the memory of Professor Stefan A. Riesenfeld ’37, who devoted much of his life and career to the study and practice of international law, and to recognize a recipient who has demonstrated a commitment to the values and ideas that Professor Riesenfeld espoused and advocated.

The 2019 Riesenfeld Award will be given to Iván Velásquez Goméz, UN High Commissioner of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). A Colombian judge, he has led the UN’s groundbreaking anti-corruption agency through a tempest, working with Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office to dismantle organized crime, bring down corrupt officials, and investigate corrupt presidents, lawyers, and judges. He was recently expelled from Guatemala by President Jimmy Morales, who is at the center of illegal financing allegations, and is continuing to work outside of the country. 

Mr. Velásquez’s keynote will be followed by a panel, fireside chat, and reception with leading practitioners in the anti-corruption realm. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • El Cid Butuyan, Lecturer at Harvard Law
  • Leo Cunningham, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Amelia Miazad, Director, Business in Society Institute, Berkeley Law
  • Zorka Milin, Senior Legal Adviser at Global Witness
  • Dan Seltzer, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Stacey Sprenkel, Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP