Spring 2021 Events

Sharing Responsibility for RefugeesRefugees flyer
Friday, April 16, 2021
8:15 AM
 – 2:00 PM PST
Registration Required: https://bit.ly/ResponsibilitySharingSymposium


The 2018 Global Compact on Refugees enshrines the principle of responsibility sharing, to help the handful of developing countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees. But the United States, and other wealthy countries, are also pioneering “responsibility dumping” arrangements, that instead exacerbate global inequities and threaten the rights of refugees. The panelists will explore the political economy of responsibility sharing, including the role of race in its legal development and implementation. We will consider international templates of responsibility sharing, and study how responsibility sharing arrangements might be used by states to evade their duties. We will imagine possible futures of responsibility sharing, including new ways of defining its key components and its scope, both across and within international borders.

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Opening Remarks–8:15 AM
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law

Panel 1: Race and Responsibility Sharing–
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

  • An Empire Theory of Asylum

Speaker: Prof. Tendayi E. Achiume, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Saira Mohamed, Berkeley Law

  • Hidden Costs: Interrogating Market-Based Burden Sharing

Speaker: Prof. Jennifer Chacón, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Peter H. Schuck, Yale Law 

Panel 2: International Templates of Responsibility Sharing–
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Instruments of Evasion: The Global Dispersion of Rights-Restricting Migration Policies

Speaker: Prof. Ayelet Shachar, Toronto Law (Co-Author: Professor Ran Hirschl, Toronto Law)
Discussant: Prof. David Singh Grewal, Berkeley Law

  • By the Numbers: Responsibility Sharing or Responsibility Dumping?

Speaker: Prof. Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law
Speaker: Elena Chachko, Harvard Law School
Discussant: Prof. Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple Law

Panel 3: The Future of Responsibility Sharing–
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Responsibility Sharing Within Borders

    Speaker: Prof. Seth Davis, Berkeley Law
    Discussant: Prof. Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law

  • Principles for Responsibility Sharing: Proximity, Culpability, and Capability

Speaker: Prof. Michael Doyle, Columbia University (Co-Authors: Janine Prantl and Mark Wood)
Discussant: Prof. Kate Jastram, UC Hastings Law

Sponsored by:

Climate Displacement: A Solutions – Based Panel
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
10:00 AM PST / 6:00 PM GMT
Zoom link: https://forms.gle/RXKrzLQ2Nr8Hbg32A

The Immigrant Justice and Climate Refugees Working Group at the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law is proud to present ‘Climate Displacement: A Solutions-Based Panel’.

Join us on March 30th as speakers from Earth Refuge, the International Refugee Assistance Project and Climate Refugees discuss the realities of climate-induced displacement in the US and globally. It is estimated that up to 1 billion people could be displaced by climate-induced change by 2050. However, there are steps being taken to mitigate this crisis. Each organization will outline the steps it is taking internally and externally to address the issue, and what steps can be taken by wider society to do the same.

Presented by:

  • The Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination
  • Earth Refugee

Co-Sponsored by:

  • Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI)
  • Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment, Berkeley Law
  • Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law
  • Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley
  • Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Berkeley Law
  • Other & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley


Palestine at the International Criminal Court: Trials and Triumphs for Palestinian Human Rights

Monday, March 29, 2021
12:50 PM–2:00 PM PST
Zoom link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98620330358

Join us for a conversation between Huwaida Arraf and Katherine Gallagher about the movements and lawyering which spurred the International Criminal Court’s decision to open an investigation on the Situation in Palestine. 

Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian-American attorney, human rights activist, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement, former Chairperson of the Free Gaza Movement, co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee, and sits on a number of organizational boards, including New Generation for Palestine, Eyewitness Palestine and on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. In 2020 she served as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

 Katherine “Katie” Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where works on holding U.S. and foreign officials, and corporations, including private military contractors, accountable for serious human rights violations through domestic civil actions, criminal cases under universal jurisdiction laws and actions using human rights special procedures mechanisms. She has represented victims before the ICC, regarding sexual violence by Catholic Church officials; U.S. torture in the Situation of Afghanistan et al, and persecution by Israeli officials in the Situation in Palestine. Prior to joining CCR, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 2001-2006. 

The conversation will be moderated by Maria (Mai) Teresa Tienda Rivera, Programme Officer for the International Justice Desk at the International Federation for Human Rights.


Moderated by:

  • Maria Teresa Tienda Rivera, Programme Officer
    International Federation for Human Rights


  • Huwaida Arraf, Co-founder
    International Solidarity Movement

  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney
    Center for Constitutional Rights

Sponsored by:

  • Berkeley Journal of International Law
  • Berkeley Law International Human Rights Law Clinic 
  • Law Students for Justice in Palestine, Berkeley Law
  • Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Berkeley Law

Localizing Transitional Justice in the US: Cultural Production and the Politics of MemoryTransitional justice flyer

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021
9:00 AM–10:30 AM PST / 12:00 PM–1:30 PM EST
Event page: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/event/localizing-transitional-justice-in-the-us-cultural-production-and-the-politics-of-memory/

The US is experiencing a rise in local efforts to address historic and contemporary injustices using transitional justice discourse and methods. This panel brings together diverse examples of communities addressing the legacies of slavery and colonization of Native Americans, as well as anti-immigrant policies and the War on Terror. By focusing on local initiatives, panelists highlight the power of communities to instigate justice practices in the absence of state accountability.


  • Matiangai Sirleaf
    Nathan Patz Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law


  • Ruti G. Teitel
    Co-Director, Center for International Law
    Director, Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy
    Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law
    New York Law School


  • Laurel E. Fletcher
    Director, Clinical Programs
    Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
    Co-Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
    Clinical Professor of Law
    U.C. Berkeley School of Law

  • Robert Lee
    University Lecturer in American History, University of Cambridge

  • Nicholas Natividad
    Associate Professor, New Mexico State University

  • Jennifer Taylor
    Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative

Sponsored by:

Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

American Society of International Law

If you could not attend it live on 3/19, please click here for a recorded video.

2021 Riesenfeld Symposium
Global Speech Under Pressure: The Promise and Challenges of Free Expression and Digital Rights

Friday, February 12, 2021 – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST
Registration Required: globalspeechunderpressure.com

The Berkeley Journal of International Law’s 2021 Riesenfeld Symposium, Global Speech Under Pressure: The Promise and Challenges of Free Expression and Digital Rights will be held virtually this year from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. 

The keynote speaker is Nani Jansen Reventlow, founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund and leader in the international development of speech rights. She will be joined by a slate of outstanding speakers across five different panels who will discuss their research and work on topics such as online hate speech, citizen media, and content regulation. The two days of this Symposium will be an examination of the ways in which societies need to balance freedom of speech and the protection of safety and human rights in a world that has never been more digitally connected.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Register and see the agenda at globalspeechunderpressure.com

Presented by:
The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
The Berkeley Journal of International Law


Race and Policing in the EU

Monday, February 1, 2021
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Required: Register online

 Eddie Bruce-Jones, Deputy Dean, Birkbeck College of Law in London; Terri Givens, CEO and Founder, Center for Higher Education Leadership; Tamas Kadar, Deputy Director (Head of Legal and Policy), EQUINET – European Network of Equality Bodies

 Akasemi NewsomeInstitute of European Studies

 Institute of European StudiesBerkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination LawMiller Institute for Global Challenges and the LawCenter for Race and Gender

While police violence in the US against people of color — particularly African Americans — has made the news in Europe, very few Americans know about the issue of policing and race in Europe. In this discussion, our panelists offer academic and practitioner perspectives on the situation of different ethnic and racial minorities across Europe when they encounter the police. They will examine topics such as racial profiling, anti-discrimination law and redress by equalities bodies, far-right activity in state security agencies, social movements in response to police violence, and the border as a site for police surveillance and control of minorities at both the national and EU level.


Eddie Bruce-Jones is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck College of Law in London. Dr Bruce-Jones serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Race Relations and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Intersectional Justice (Berlin). He is a comparative law specialist for the Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh (on police brutality and due process) in Germany as well as Sexuality and Gender Identity Resource Co-ordinator for the Refugees in Exile Programme of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. His most recent book is “Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe” (2016).

Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Higher Education Leadership. She has more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. Terri has held leadership positions as Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin and Provost of Menlo College (first African American and woman); professorships at University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. She was the founding director at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas and led the university’s efforts in Mexico and Latin America as Vice Provost for International Activities. Terri is the author/editor of books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security. Her most recent book is “Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe” (2014).

Tamas Kadar is the Deputy Director (Head of Legal and Policy) of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, which are public institutions fighting discrimination at the national level. Through Equinet, members are able to share their expertise at the European level. The Network ensures that information and knowledge flows as efficiently as possible between members in order to learn from the successes achieved and the challenges raised during the implementation of their mandate at national level.

Heike Friedman 
heike.friedman@berkeley.edu,  510-643-4558