Spring 2017 Calendar

January-April 2017

Colloquium on International and Comparative Law and Politics

141 Boalt Hall | Fridays, 11:20 am-1:00 pm

In this colloquium, participants will address some of the most challenging questions of international law and politics by studying the cutting-edge work of the field’s leading scholars. Each class meeting 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.

Seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Chin (kchin@law.berkeley.edu).

January 20 Karima Bennoune, UC Davis
“The Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a Violation of Human Rights Law”
January 27 Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law
“Refugees Misdirected”
February 3 William Dodge, UC Davis
“The New Presumption Against Extraterritoriality”
February 10 Anu Bradford, Columbia University and Adam Chilton, University of Chicago
“Are Antitrust Laws and Trade Liberalization Substitutes or Complements?”
February 17 Karen Engle, University of Texas-Austin
“Carceral Human Rights: Two Genealogies”
February 24 Melissa Durkee, University of Washington
“The Global Norms Market”
March 3 Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University
“The EU’s Proposal for an Investment Court and Its Implications for the Future of International Investment Law”
March 10 T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Columbia Law School and former UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner
“Reforming the International Refugee Regime”
March 17 Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice
“Pursuing Truth and Accountability after Mass Violence: Is It Time to Revisit the Transitional Justice Paradigm?”
March 24 Alan Sykes, Stanford Law
“Regulatory Consistency Requirements in International Trade”
April 7 Katharine Young, Boston College
“Waiting for the State: Rights and Queues”
April 14 Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia
“Rights Without Resources: The Effectiveness of Social and Economic Rights”

April 21

12:30-2 pm
141 Boalt Hall

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago
topic TBA


January 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

Book talk: Assassination of a Saint

Matt Eisenbrandt
170 Boalt Hall | 12:45-2:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center

For more info, contact: 510-642-0965

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/EisenbrandtBerkeleyLaw

Join us for a talk with author Matt Eisenbrandt about his book, Assassination of a Saint, about the death of El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero and the story of the international team of lawyers, private investigators, and human-rights experts that fought to bring justice for the slain hero more than two decades after his death.

Matt Eisenbrandt is a former Legal Director for the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), where he was a member of the trial team that brought Óscar Romero’s assassination to court.  While at CJA, Eisenbrandt was also involved in a federal trial in Tennessee against Nicolás Carranza resulting in a jury verdict finding Carranza liable for crimes against humanity in El Salvador. He is now the Legal Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). He has led CCIJ’s casework since 2008, helping survivors of torture, war crimes and other atrocities seek justice.


March 17-18, 2017 (Friday-Saturday)

Workshop on “North-South Dialogue: Bridging the Gap in Transitional Justice”

UC Berkeley campus

This workshop will host scholars from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia, and feature a keynote speech by Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice, on “Pursuing Truth and Accountability after Mass Violence: Is It Time to Revisit the Transitional Justice Paradigm?”

Please check back for more details.


March 22, 2017 (Wednesday)

International Law Careers Alumni Networking Event

Donor Lobby (across from Steinhardt Courtyard), Boalt Hall
6:00-8:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of International Law and Berkeley Law’s Career Development Office

This informal mixer will bring together current Berkeley law students with BJIL alumni and members from the broader Berkeley Law and Bay Area international law community. We will have attorneys from firms and non-profit organizations working in private and public international law.

For more information, contact David Nahmias ’18, Senior Executive Editor and incoming Editor-in-Chief, at dnahmias@berkeley.edu.

RSVP here.

April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)

Disability Discrimination in China

Professor Kelley Loper
University of Hong Kong
location TBA | 12:45-2:00 pm

co-sponsored with the Henderson Center for Social Justice

Kelley Loper is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong.  She serves as Director of the LLM in Human Rights Program, Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Justice Centre Hong Kong, formerly the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, a non-profit organization that works to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants including refugees, other people seeking protection and survivors of modern slavery.  Previously, she served as Chairperson and subsequently a member of the board of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and as a member of the board of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She has also advised a number of other international and local organizations including the UNHCR, UN Women, Amnesty International, and the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor on a range of human rights issues.


April 7, 2017 (Friday)

flags3-editedDeadline for submitting application for Certificate of Specialization in International Law

Berkeley Law students may undertake a specialization in international law. The specialized curricular program ensures students develop a broad background in fundamental areas of law while receiving advanced training in international law. Students who meet the requirements are awarded a Certificate of Specialization in International Law.

For more information on the requirements for the certificate and an application, see the Certificate page.

April 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

Lecture by Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

Director General
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
location and time TBA 

Dr. Jacomijn Van Haersolte-Van Hof has been Director General at London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) since 2014. She is admitted to the Bar of the Hague and served in a wide range of arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, LCIA, Netherlands Arbitration Institute among others. She also served as counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as well as Rotterdam firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke in its corporate and maritime law department.

Please check back for more details.

April 12-15, 2017 (Wednesday-Saturday)

American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting

Washington DC

The American Society of International Law (ASIL), with its membership of scholars, practitioners, and students of international law from around the world, will explore the theme of “What International Law Values” at the 2017 Annual Meeting.  For more information, see the Annual Meeting website.

Berkeley Law is an ASIL Academic Partner.


May 2016

Certificate of Specialization in International Law Award Ceremony

location and time TBA

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2016 Certificate honorees with Professors Jamie O’Connell, Marci Hoffman, Kate Jastram, and Richard Buxbaum