January 11 2019 (Friday)
The Right to Health in the Era of Healthcare Commercialization
Room 130, Berkeley Law | 12.50-2.00 pm
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group and the Institute for European Studies
Lunch will be provided
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
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.
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January 31, 2019 (Thursday)
Palestine Is Here: What are American Police Forces Learning in Israel?
Room 140, Berkeley Law | 6:00–7:30 pm
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
February 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Repression
Room 10, Berkeley Law | 2:15-3:30 pm
refreshments will be served
Organized by the Human Rights Center
Around the world, repressive regimes are implementing AI systems, accelerating the global resurgence of authoritarianism and a new era of surveillance and control. China is driving the proliferation of AI technology to authoritarian and illiberal states. To counter both the spread of high-tech repression abroad and potential abuses at home, policy makers in democratic states must think seriously about how to mitigate harm and to shape better practices.
Professor Steven Feldstein holds the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University and a is fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program.
February 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Room 105, Berkeley Law | 12:50–2:00 pm
Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Human Rights Center, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
Syrian Human Rights Activist Mansour Omari was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates, written in blood and rust. His story was documented in the film 82 Names. A portion of the film will be screened, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Syrian activists Rafif Jouejati and Nidal Betare, moderated by the Human Rights Center’s Félim McMahon.
February 25, 2019 (Monday)
Report Back from Syria
Room 145, Berkeley Law | 4:00-5:00 pm
RSVP by February 25 here
Organized by the Human Rights Center
Dr. Ahmad Tarakji is the President of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and a cardiothoracic surgeon. SAMS has treated millions of patients in and out of Syria and has overseen the humanitarian response plan for crises including starvation, besiegement, and chemical attacks. Dr. Tarakji led the Syria session at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and has testified before the members of the US Congress, the UN General Assembly, and the UN Security Council. He returned most recently from Syria in January 2019.
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March 1, 2019 (Friday)
2019 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium
Corruption Zero: Addressing the Global Pandemic
Booth Auditorium, Room 175, Berkeley Law | 12:00-5:30 pm
Organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law
Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and Morrison & Foerster LLP
One of the great traditions at Berkeley Law is the annual Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law. Each year, the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award is given to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law. The purpose of the award is to honor the memory of Professor Stefan A. Riesenfeld ’37, who devoted much of his life and career to the study and practice of international law, and to recognize a recipient who has demonstrated a commitment to the values and ideas that Professor Riesenfeld espoused and advocated.
The 2019 Riesenfeld Award will be given to Iván Velásquez Goméz, UN High Commissioner of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). A Colombian judge, he has led the UN’s groundbreaking anti-corruption agency through a tempest, working with Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office to dismantle organized crime, bring down corrupt officials, and investigate corrupt presidents, lawyers, and judges. He was recently expelled from Guatemala by President Jimmy Morales, who is at the center of illegal financing allegations, and is continuing to work outside of the country.
Mr. Velásquez’s keynote will be followed by a panel, fireside chat, and reception. Other confirmed speakers include: El Cid Butuyan, Lecturer at Harvard Law; Leo Cunningham, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Stacey Sprenkel, Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP; and Zorka Milin, Senior Legal Adviser at Global Witness.
The symposium will provide fascinating insights into current developments in anti-corruption legislation and enforcement around the world.
The Riesenfeld Symposium is free and open to the public. To register and for more information, click here.
March 1, 2019 (Friday)
Sovereign Bodies: Fighting Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Against Indigenous People
Valentin Sierra and Cheyenne Tex
SBI Cal Interns
Co-sponsored with the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), the Human Rights Law Students Association (HRLSA), and the Native American Student Development
March 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
The #Metoo Movement and Women’s Protest in Spain
Professor Eva Anduiza
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group, the Institute for European Studies, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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.
March 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
The Uighur Crisis in China: One Million and Counting
Managing Director, Campaign for Uighurs
Darren Byler, PhD
University of Washington
Moderated by Peter Jan Honigsberg, University of San Francisco Law
Lunch will be served. RSVP by March 6 here
Organized by the Human Rights Center
More than one million people, mostly Uighur Muslims, are in indefinite detention in a secretive network of prisons in Northwest China. “Xinjiang has become an open-air prison-a place where Orwellian high-tech surveillance, political indoctrination, forced cultural assimilation, arbitrary arrests and disappearances have turned ethnic minorities into strangers in their own land.” — Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general of Amnesty International
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March 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Berkeley Law, Room 130 | 12:50-2:00 pm
lunch will be provided
Organized by the International Refugee Assistance Project
Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and Berkeley Law’s Pro Bono Program
Join the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to hear about students’ experiences on their recent trip to Jordan, where they met with organizations working on refugee issues and conducted intake interviews. There will be a short panel discussion, followed by a Q&A.
IRAP Berkeley will also be releasing our annual report on the chapter and trip.