Spring 2018 Events

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)

Lecture on “Return Without Redemption: Ex-Combantants in Northern Uganda”

Dr. Chris Dolan
Refugee Law Project
Makerere University (Uganda)

244 Boalt Hall | 12:45-2:00 pm

lunch will be served on a first-come / first-served basis

Dr. Chris Dolan has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa in a range of academic, civil society and UN spaces since 1992.  Since 2006, as Director of the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, he has done extensive practical work with refugee and IDP survivors of sexual violence in conflict settings, as well as global advocacy to draw attention to the gaps in humanitarian support to male survivors of such violence. This work is contributing to more comprehensive and inclusive international policies and practice regarding men as victims of sexual violence, as well as on the connections to sexual violence against women.

February 15, 2018 (Thursday)

Lecture on “Is There A Future for International Criminal Justice?”

Stephen J. Rapp
former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
Office of Global Criminal Justice

140 Boalt Hall (Moot Court Room)| 12:45-2:00 pm

lunch will be served on a first-come / first-served basis

Co-sponsored with the ASIL Transitional Justice Rule of Law Interest Group, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Human Rights Center, and the International Human Rights Law Clinic

Stephen J. Rapp is a Distinguished Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Pre­ven­tion of Genocide and at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. During 2017-2018, he is also the Father Drinan Visiting Professor for Human Rights at Georgetown. He serves as Chair of the Commission for Inter­national Justice & Accountability (CIJA) that has collected and analyzed more than 750,000 pages of docu­mentation from Syria and Iraq.

From 2009-2015, he was Ambassador-at-Large heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the US State Department. In that position he coordinated US Government support to inter­national criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, as well as to hybrid and national courts responsible for prosecuting persons charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Rapp was Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2009 where he led the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecu­tions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he headed the trial team that achieved the first convictions in history of leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Before becoming an international prosecutor, he was the US Attorney for the N. District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001.

Spring 2018

2018 Stefan Riesenfeld Symposium

Stefan Riesenfeld

location and time TBA

Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law
Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

One of the great traditions at Berkeley Law is the Stefan Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law.  Stefan Riesenfeld (’37) was a Berkeley Law professor and recognized authority in numerous legal specialties including international law, comparative law, property law, creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy, administrative law, and legal history. 

In addition to the symposium, the Riesenfeld Award is given to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law and who has demonstrated a commitment to the values that Professor Riesenfeld espoused.

April 1, 2018 (Sunday)

Deadline 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 4-7, 2018 (Wednesday-Saturday)

American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting

Washington DC

Judge Joan Donoghue (’81)

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 “International Law in Practice” at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  This is the largest and most important gathering each year of international law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars.

Berkeley Law is an ASIL Academic Partner.  The ASIL Annual Meeting regularly features lectures and panels made up of the world’s most eminent international lawyers, including many Berkeley Law faculty and alumni.  Judge Joan E. Donoghue (’81) of the International Court of Justice will give the 2018 Grotius Lecture.

For more information, see the Annual Meeting website.


May 2018

Certificate of Specialization in International Law Award Ceremony

location and time TBA

This ceremony will recognize the extraordinary achievements of the Berkeley Law students as recipients of the Certificate of Specialization in International Law.

Interim Dean Melissa Murray welcoming guests to the 2017 ceremony