Spring 2013 Events

January 3-6, 2013 (Thursday-Sunday)

International Humanitarian Workshop for Students

100 Law Building, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the International Committee of the Red Cross

This three-and-a-half day workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is FREE and open to students attending a US law school.  The workshop combines lectures and hands-on exercises that guides students through an intensive workshop on international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop will be led by legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), lawyers for the U.S. Armed Forces, and law professors who specialize in IHL.

For more information, see the workshop’s website.  


Spring 2013

Colloquium on International Law and Politics 

 January 25  Prof. Kal Raustiala, Law, UCLA “Institutional Proliferation and the International Legal Order”
 February 8  Prof. Greg Schaffer, Law, University of Minnesota “Transnational Legal Orders”
 February 22  Prof. Ryan Goodman, Law, New York University “The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants”
 March 1  Prof. Matt Waxman, Law, Columbia University “The Constitutional Power to Threaten War:
 March 8  Prof. Catherine Powell, Law, Fordham University “International Indicators and Gender”
 March 15  Prof. Mike Tomz, Political Science, Stanford University topic to be announced
 April 12  Prof. Odette Lienau, Law, Cornell University “Sovereign Debt”

Seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Professors David Caron (ddcaron@law.berkeley.edu) or Katerina Linos (klinos@law.berkeley.edu).  


February 11, 2013 (Monday)

Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium on “Beyond the Rankings:  Measuring Governance and the Rule of Law”

110 Law Building, 12:45 pm

Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges in the Law, the Institute of Governmental Studies, and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

This year’s symposium will feature a keynote speech by Anne-Marie Leroy, Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel; two distinguished panels; and a banquet honoring the 2013 Riesenfeld Memorial Award recipient, Professor Dinah Shelton, George Washington University School of Law.

For more information, see the event website.  


April 5, 2013 (Friday)

Second Annual Conference of the Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

132 Law Building, 4:00-6:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the European Union Center of Excellence, the Berkeley Anti-Discrimination Law Virtual Study Group, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

This June the U.S. Supreme Court will issue the latest in a long line of decisions to determine the legitimacy of affirmative action. Many fear that it will end affirmative action admission programs for public colleges and universities, which are presently justified only as a means of promoting diversity in the academy. But diversity is not the only justification offered for affirmative action, either in the United States or in other parts of the world. U.S. law also permits affirmative action for remedial purposes (with limitations). In Brazil, it is justified as compensatory. In South Africa, it is permitted as long as it is not “unfair discrimination.” In India, it is permitted to correct historical discrimination. In Australia, it is permitted to promote substantive equality. In parts of Europe, it is used to correct imbalances and to promote equality (and to promote diversity).

This panel, featuring six members of the Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Virtual Study Group – from the United States, Europe, and Australia – will discuss global affirmative action law.

For more information, see the conference website.  


April 11, 2013 (Wednesday)

“Careers and Futures” Speaker Series:  Conversations with Activists and Innovators in Poverty Action

janusKathleen Janus
human rights lawyer and Co-Founder, Spark
Blum Hall Plaza Level, UC Berkeley, 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies

The Blum Center for Developing Economies is excited to announce the final installment of the “Careers and Futures” speaker series for this semester, which will feature Kathleen Janus, the co-founder of Spark, a nonprofit focused on building a community of young, global citizens promoting gender equality.

Ms. Janus focuses on advancing human rights and elevating the status of women around the world. An attorney, she has spearheaded numerous social justice initiatives. Besides co-founding Spark, she also helped launch and direct Stanford Law School’s international human rights clinics in Namibia and South Africa, supervising Stanford students on fieldwork projects related to HIV/AIDS, water rights and rural women’s issues. Ms. Janus lectures widely on these topics and teaches courses at Berkeley Law, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco Masters in International Studies Program. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA ‘00 and JD ‘03).

The “Careers and Futures” Speaker Series creates a relaxed, round table environment where students can engage with a diverse range of public leaders working domestically and internationally in poverty action.

burns@berkeley.edu / 510-666-9127


April 15, 2013 (Monday)

Berkeley Human Rights Seminar Lecture on “Human Trafficking and the Global Diffusion of Criminal Law”

beth simmonsProfessor Beth Simmons
Harvard University
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley, 4:00-5:30 pm (reception to follow)

Moderated by Kate Jastram, Berkeley Law

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

Beth Simmons is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Her publications include the award-winning book Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Professor Simmons’s current areas of research interest are the development of international rules for the protection and promotion of foreign direct investment, international legal cooperation to address transnational crime, and the diffusion of human rights through international and domestic law and politics.

For additional information, please contact Lynsay Skiba (lynsayskiba@berkeley.edu).


April 19-20, 2013 (Friday-Saturday)

International Financial Regulation Workshop

Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored with the European Union Center of Excellence and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business


Scholars from top law schools in the United States and Europe will take part in Berkeley Law’s International Financial Regulation Workshop, organized by Professor Stavros Gadinis. The workshop’s agenda ranges from current developments in financial reforms to long-term projects about the structure of financial regulation. Discussion papers explore the impact of different corporate structures on financial regulation, and highlight the role of systemic risk considerations in the supervision of banking. Topics include the role of international financial standards in spurring reforms around the world, compensation of executives, both in banks and in other corporations, new approaches for regulating bank capital, the provision of liquidity to banks during crises, and current proposals to increase the minimum price increment in stocks trading.  


April 29, 2013 (Monday)

“Advocating for Human Rights with the US Government: Syria, Drones, and Beyond”

Tom Malinowski
Washington Director, Human Rights Watch 
Blum Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Blum Center for Developing Economies


May 10, 2013 (Friday)

International Law Certificate of Specialization Award Ceremony

110 Law Building, 2:00- 4:00 pm


Please join us in recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the recipients of the Certificate of Specialization in International Law. Light refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact Jake Feltham (jfeltham@law.berkeley.edu).