Spring 2022 Events

Celebrating the 2022 International Law Certificate Awardees: May 12 Ceremony and Reception at Berkeley Law

Professor Laurel Fletcher and Professor Katerina Linos, faculty co-directors of Berkeley Law’s Miller Institute, are very pleased to announce the J.D. and LL.M. graduating students who have earned the 2022 Certificate of Specialization in International Law. You are cordially invited to the special ceremony and reception honoring the awardees on Thursday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. The event will be in person; masks are requested indoors.

Each year The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law recognizes students who have contributed to international law scholarship and practice at Berkeley Law by completing the requirements for the International Law Certificate. In order to earn the Certificate, students must take the foundational International Law course, complete an additional nine units of international or comparative law classes, and write a substantive original research thesis on a topic in the field.

Please join Professors Fletcher and Linos along with the International and Comparative Law faculty and Dean Chemerinsky in celebrating the inspiring accomplishment of these outstanding students!

The 2022 ceremony takes place from 2:00–3:00 p.m. in the Warren Room (295 Simon Hall, Berkeley Law). An outdoor champagne reception with light refreshments will follow from 3:00–4:00 p.m. on the Steinhart Courtyard. We warmly invite Berkeley Law students, faculty, and staff and the wider international law community to come and honor the awardees.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Toni Mendicino at tmendicino@law.berkeley.edu or 510-643-7969. We hope to see you on May 12!

Presenting the 2022 International Law Certificate Awardees:

LL.M. Student Honorees:
Saloni Agrawal
Rhia Mehta
Bastienne Meijer
Adam Michaëlis
Lin Wei

J.D. Student Honorees:
Suhayla Ahmed
Clara Barnosky
Clara Dorfman
Edwin Gonzalez
Ian Good
Sarah Graham
Sara Jaramillo
Anjanaye Jariwala
Kaylene Khosla
Susan Lee
Blaire Lee-Nakayama
Sara Osman
Chuanyi Qi
Harriet Steele
Naomi Spoelman
Helena von Nagy


Katerina Linos, Irving G. and Eleanor D. Tragen Professor of Law and
Co-Faculty Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
invites guests to her Spring 2022 Berkeley Law
Colloquium on International Law and Politics
Meetings take place on Fridays, 11:20 am–1:00 p.m. Pacific
Hybrid options: meet in Berkeley Law Room 134 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 988 1983 2631

For assistance and updated papers, contact Faculty Assistant Thomas Tallerico via email: thomastallerico@berkeley.edu

In this Colloquium, participants address some of the most challenging questions of international and comparative law and politics by studying the cutting-edge work of the field’s leading scholars. Most class meetings will feature a guest speaker who will present their research; subjects include issues in international trade, human rights, arbitration and litigation, and international legal theory. Participants will benefit not only from immersion in varied fields of research in international law, but also from exposure to and participation in scholarly workshops. Enrolled Colloquium students are expected to produce short comments in response to the assigned workshop papers and to actively participate in workshop discussion. Guests are also welcome to attend.

January 14: Introduction

Larry HelferJanuary 21: Larry Helfer, Duke Law School and Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of International Law
Closing International Law’s Innocence Gap
Katharine YoungJanuary 28: Katharine Young, Boston College Law School
Human Rights Originalism

Daugirdas and Linos
February 18: Kristina Daugirdas, University of Michigan Law School, and
aterina LinosBerkeley Law School

“Back to Basics: The Benefits of Paradigmatic International Organizations”

anu-bradfordFebruary 25: Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School
“The Battle for the Soul of the Global Internet”
BlumMarch 4: Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School
“The Fog of Victory”

ginsburg_tomMarch 11: Tom Ginsburg, Chicago Law School
Democracies and International Law

Elena Chachko photoMarch 18
talk starts at 10.00am: Elena Chachko, Harvard Law School
National Security by Platform

March 24:
 SPRING BREAK – no meeting

Ramji-NogalesApril 1:
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple Law School
Forging Solidarity
April 8:
Jide Nzelibe, Northwestern Law School
“The Limited Ambition of International Economic Law”

Tim Meyer

April 22: Timothy Meyer
, Vanderbilt University
“The Consumer Revolution in International Economic Law”

From Genocide to Ecocide

From Genocide to Ecocide event flyer

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law is very pleased to sponsor
From Genocide to Ecocide
Featuring leading international law expert
Professor Philippe Sands (University College London)
Moderated by Professor Laurel E. Fletcher (Berkeley Law)

Thursday, April 14, 2022
4:00-5:30PM Pacific
295 Warren Room, Berkeley Law
Zoom link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/92652446558
Zoom ID: 926 5244 6558

Philippe Sands, professor of law at University College London and Samuel Pisar Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, recently co-chaired an independent working group which proposed in June 2021 that the definition of a new, fifth international crime—ecocide, the destruction of the environment—be introduced into the Statute of the International Criminal Court. He will address the relationship between ecocide and existing crimes, drawing on his best-selling book, East West: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (Alfred Knopf).

Moderated by international human rights expert and Miller Institute co-director Laurel E. Fletcher, Chancellor’s Clinical Professor of Law at UC Berkeley. Cosponsored by Berkeley Law’s Berkeley Journal of International Law; Center for Law, Energy & the Environment; Ecology Law Quarterly; Human Rights Clinic; and International Human Rights Law Clinic. See Stop Ecocide Foundation commentary for more background. 

To join the event by Zoom:
Zoom Webinar link for event: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/92652446558

UC Berkeley does require attendees to be logged into their Zoom accounts in order to join the Zoom Webinar. Sign up for a free account here: https://zoom.us/signup

The easiest way for someone to join (if the attendee link isn’t working for them) is to login to their Zoom account, click “Join Meeting” and enter the Webinar ID: 926 5244 6558. A last resort would be to call in (U.S. and international numbers can be found here: https://berkeley.zoom.us/u/acN2Tp2Fn) and enter the Webinar ID: 926 5244 6558 to at least listen in that way.

Recordings from the event will be posted on Berkeley Law’s YouTube page.

Nasrin and the Ongoing Human Rights Struggles in Iran: Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion, March 10

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Berkeley Journal of International Law in collaboration with the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Associated Students of UC, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, and UC Berkeley Iranian Studies Department, is bringing the acclaimed documentary film Nasrin to campus. 

The event includes a screening of Nasrin the movie and a roundtable discussion about the documentary and ongoing struggles for human rights. The panelists include: the director and producer of the film; the Miller Institute’s co-faculty director Professor Laurel Fletcher; and other scholars and Iranian community members. The film will be shown in person at Berkeley Law over the lunch hour and the evening roundtable discussion takes place in person and on Zoom.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in two parts: 

*Documentary film screening* starts at 1:30PM Pacific in Booth Auditorium (lunch at 1pm on Steinhart Courtyard)
*Roundtable discussion & panel* starts at 6:30PM Pacific, in Booth and Zoom (reception at 6pm on Steinhart Courtyard)

Details and RSVP may be found on the poster or by clicking here.
Nasrin Documentary Screening Poster.jpg

Ukraine War: International Legal Issues
Monday, February 28, 2022 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Hybrid Event [took place in Berkeley Law’s Warren Room/295 or Zoom: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/95951452558]

Featuring the following experts:

Tess Bridgeman
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security, lecturer at Berkeley Law, and served as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council during the Biden administration. She will address avenues of accountability for Russia’s unlawful actions and domestic law issues related to a potential U.S. military response

Elena Chachko
Berkeley Law Miller Fellow and the Harvard Law School Rappaport Fellow. She will discuss the U.S. response to the Russian invasion and why the recent history of U.S. international use of force has rendered a military intervention unlikely, with a focus on sanctions and potential cyber action as policy alternatives

Lindsay Freeman
International lawyer and Technology, Law and Policy Director for the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law. She will discuss the Russian military’s use of information warfare and cyber operations in Ukraine, how cyberattacks could be charged as war crimes in this context, and the impact of misinformation and disinformation on investigators’ ability to establish facts and collect evidence

Saira Mohamed
Professor of Law, Berkeley Law. She will address the international law prohibition on the use of military force and Russia’s purported justifications for the invasion

Katerina Linos
Irving G. and Eleanor D. Tragen Professor of Law and Co-Faculty Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Erwin Chemerinsky 
Dean of Berkeley Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law

Sponsored by Berkeley Law’s Office of the Dean and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

For more information, contact Ms. Toni Mendicino (510-643-7969 or tmendicino@law.berkeley.edu)
Overflow seating available in Booth Auditorium on first floor of Berkeley Law

The recording is now available on the Berkeley Law YouTube channel.
War on Ukraine event flyer

The Miller Institute is delighted to announce the 2022 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium on global antitrust matters, “Big Money, Big Enforcement: New Frontiers of Global Antitrust Regulation.” This year’s Symposium event takes place in person on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Berkeley Law’s Booth Auditorium as well as online, featuring keynote speaker Margrethe Vestager, the Commissioner of the European Commission of Competition.

Big Money, Big Enforcement: New Frontiers in Global Antitrust Regulation
2022 Riesenfeld Symposium

The 2022 Riesenfeld Symposium will provide a forum for both academic and practical discussion of global antitrust issues. The Symposium will gather noted scholars, policy makers, and legal practitioners to discuss the issues and concerns that have arisen as a result of different approaches to antitrust policies. 

Due to her indisputable impact on antitrust around the world, the 2022 Riesenfeld Award will be given to keynote speaker Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition as well as the Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age. As Commissioner for Competition for the European Union, Commissioner Vestager is in charge of regulating commercial activity and enforcing the EU’s rules designed to keep the markets fair. Commissioner Vestager has gained international recognition for her action against major multinational companies including American technology firms Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook; Russian natural gas producer Gazprom; and Italian carmaker Fiat among many others. Described by the New York Times as “ perhaps the world’s most famous […] regulator,” her work has redefined the field of antitrust regulation.

Commissioner Vestager’s morning keynote (10:00a Pacific) introduced by Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and with remarks by UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ will be followed by three panels and light dinner/reception with leading practitioners in the antitrust realm.

Panel 1 (11:15a) “Is Labor the Next Frontier of Antitrust?” is moderated by Noah Brumfield (Allen & Overy) and features Dean Harvey (Chair of Lief Cabraser’s Labor Antitrust Practice Group), Kathleen Foote (Senior Assistant Attorney General (Antitrust Chief), California Department of Justice; Co-Chair ABA Section on Antitrust Law’s State Enforcement Committee) and Alan Ryan (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)

Panel 2 (2:25p Pacific) “Antitrust Enforcers: A New Era of Global Regulation” is moderated by Professor Aaron Edlin (Berkeley) and features Patricia Brink (Senior Counsel for International and Intergovernmental Engagement, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice) and Alexandre Corderio Macedo (Chairman of the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense) plus other experts

Panel 3 (4:00p Pacific) “Antitrust Around the World” is moderated by Professor Katerina Linos (Berkeley) and includes Professor Anu Bradford (Columbia), Professor Angela Zhang (University of Hong Kong), and Professor Adam Chilton (Chicago).

The Symposium includes options to attend both in-person and virtually. Attendees are encouraged to attend in person if possible. There will be a light dinner/reception after the symposium open to all guests. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all in-person attendees. The Riesenfeld Symposium will take place on February 22, 2022, at Berkeley Law.  Sponsored by the Berkeley Journal of International Law, The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and Berkeley Center for Law and Business. To register, visit https://www.bigmoneybigenforcement.com/

Videos from the 2022 Riesenfeld Symposium proceedings are now available on Berkeley Law’s YouTube Channel.

big money poster

The Miller Institute is pleased to cosponsor the Berkeley Journal of International Law‘s in-person-only Lunch Talk, “Antitrust 101,” with esteemed Berkeley Law Professor Talha Syed on Wednesday, February 9 in Berkeley Law Room 105 from 12:50-2:00pm. Professor Syed will lecture on global antitrust developments and challenges. To RSVP use this link or scan the QR code on the Feb. 9 poster. 

This event will kick-off the 2022 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium on global antitrust matters, “Big Money, Big Enforcement: New Frontiers of Global Antitrust Regulation.” This year’s Symposium event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Berkeley Law’s Booth Auditorium as well as online, featuring keynote speaker Margrethe Vestager, the Commissioner of the European Commission of Competition.

Antitrust 101 Lecture Poster - in-person Berkeley Law event on Feb. 9

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series: 
“Legal Careers in IP and Tech Diplomacy”

Thursday, February 3, 2022 @ 12:55 pm – 2:00 pm

IMPORTANT: This event will be remote. Please RSVP to access the Zoom link.


Should my next job be in the government? What does a USPTO IP Attache do? What is it like working in Geneva on tech issues at an international organization? How does the State Department get involved in tech and trade issues? Will a background in technology help advance my career in diplomacy? Can I spend one of my summers working at a US Embassy overseas? I am not a US citizen, what kinds of jobs are there in international organizations for me?

The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, in conjunction with the Miller Institute and the US State Department/Diplomat in Residence program, presents a career roundtable on jobs in intellectual property and tech diplomacy that can help you answer these questions and more.

Speakers include:
Deborah Lashley-Johnson, former US Intellectual Property Attache to the World Trade Organization and USPTO counsel on IP in Africa;
Amreen Taneja, Trainee, World Intellectual Property Organization;
Duncan Willson, Intellectual Property Attache to the US Embassy, Beijing,
Hugo Yon, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations at the State Department, and
Ryan Gilha, Diplomat in Residence, UC Berkeley
Moderated by: Mark Cohen, Director, Asia IP Program at Berkeley Law and the first USPTO IP Attache resident in China (2004-2008).

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students. This event is reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors.