Spring 2019 Events

January 11 2019 (Friday)

The Right to Health in the Era of Healthcare Commercialization

Room 130, Berkeley Law | 12.50-2.00 pm

Eduardo Arenas Catalán
Leiden Law School, Netherlands

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group and the Institute for European Studies

Lunch will be provided

Commercial principles determining the delivery of essential services are largely responsible for today’s social disparities and constitute one of the biggest threats to the human right to health. This presentation delivers a critique of the dominant interpretation of the right to health in human rights law instruments and scholarship. While the dominant interpretation focuses on the right to complaint before a court, the presentation shows why this is far from addressing the underlying problem of unequal access to healthcare caused by commercialization. The presentation concludes by proposing a reinterpretation of this human right in line with the idea of solidarity.

Eduardo Arenas Catalán is a Lecturer at Leiden Law School, the Netherlands, where he teaches European human rights law and social rights. He is a fellow of the Research Programme Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World, and the academic coordinator of the Advanced Master’s in European and International Human Rights Law at Leiden Law School. Eduardo studied law in Chile and obtained both his LLM (2012) and PhD (2018) from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His PhD provides a critical analysis of access to healthcare as a human right, identifying commercialization as the biggest obstacle to the realization of this right.

January 18, 2019 (Friday)

Law Versus Power

Room 170, Berkeley Law | 12.45-2.00 pm

Wolfgang Kaleck
attorney for Edward Snowden and
General Secretary, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Lunch will be served.  RSVP to tinyurl.com/law-vs-power

Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Center and the Human Rights Law Student Association

Wolfgang Kaleck, best known as Edward Snowden’s lawyer, is a human rights activist who has traveled globally for two decades to fight alongside those suffering injustice at the hands of powerful players. He is founder and general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, and together with his colleagues and partners from around the world he brings legal proceedings against individuals, corporations, and state actors who have breached the law relating to human rights. Wolfgang will be speaking on his new book, Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights

If you require an accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access, contact Alexey Berlind at aberlind@berkeley.edu or 510.642.0965.

January 31, 2019 (Thursday)

Palestine Is Here: What are American Police Forces Learning in Israel?

Room 132, Berkeley Law | 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Eran Efrati
Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA)

Organized by the Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture and Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Co-sponsored with the Prisoner Advocacy Network, the Restorative Justice Committee, and Queers United in Revolutionary Subversion

Since 2002, thousands of US law enforcement officials have trained with Israeli military forces in the context of the “War on Terror,” learning about Israeli methods and technologies of surveillance, racial profiling, and suppression of protest. As Black Lives Matter and other social movements seek accountability and an end to police violence, why are US police departments training with occupying Israeli forces? How do we resist the militarization of police and the criminalization of citizens and immigrants?

Join us for a conversation about how the occupation of Palestine comes home to Berkeley with Eran Efrati, investigative researcher and director of Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA).

The Facebook page for the event can be found here.

February 26, 2019 (Tuesday)

The #Metoo Movement and Women’s Protest in Spain

Professor Eva Anduiza
Political Science
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Room 130, Berkeley Law | 12:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group and the Institute for European Studies

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by February 20 at https://bit.ly/2RxaNW0 or email Claudia Alavrenga at calvarenga@law.berkeley.edu.

In March 2018 thousands of women took to the streets in Spain to protest against gender inequality, discrimination and sexual violence following the social media campaigns #metoo, #yotambién and #cuéntalo. The presentation explores the causes and consequence of the participation in these events using panel survey data. What is the effect of sociodemographic characteristics, motivations, and mobilization on the likelihood to take part in the protests? What is the role played by attitudinal priors, social media, and celebrities that have engaged in these issues? Does participation in these events make citizens more likely to consider themselves as feminist and to support gender equality? Have these protests elicited a backlash reaction towards more anti-feminist positions?

Eva Anduiza is a professor of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she is also ICREA Academia research fellow. She directs the research group on Democracy, Elections, and Citizenship. She is currently 2018-19 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.