Spring 2020 Events

January 22, 2020 (Wednesday)

Write for Rights

Room 145, Berkeley Law | 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of International Law and the Human Rights Center

Write letters for human rights defenders and eat yummy food during a come and go lunch event with the Berkeley Journal of International Law, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and the Human Rights Center. Write For Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. People around the world write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses. This year’s cases are young people under threat. Because of us, prison doors will open, families will be reunited, justice will be achieved, and human rights activists will be safe and supported in continuing their important work to change the world. Join us for a come-and-go lunch event as we write letters for change.

February 10, 2020 (Monday)

Mobilizing Around Sexual Violence in Columbia: The Reception of #MeToo

Room 244, Berkeley Law | 12.45-2.00 pm

Professor Isabel Cristina Jaramillo-Sierra
Faculty of Law
University of the Andes

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law Study Group

Lunch will be provided
RSVP here by February 3

The use of social networks to expose Harvey Weinstein and create an environment of credibility for victims of sexual violence has had multiple good effects and some unintended negative effects. In her presentation, Professor Jaramillo-Sierra will discuss the interaction of the global #MeToo with the local context of mobilization against sexual violence in Colombia. She argues that #MeToo has sabotaged some of the long planned compaigns of professional feminists and reveals the costs of not involving young and middle class women as allies and beneficiaries of litigation.

Isabel Cristina Jaramillo-Sierra is a Full Professor in the fields of legal theory and family law at the University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

March 2020

2020 Riesenfeld Symposium

Prof. Stefan A. Riesenfeld

Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley
More details will be announced shortly

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 annual Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law. Each year, the Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) presents the keynote speaker with the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, traditionally 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.

March 16-17, 2020 (Monday-Tuesday)

60 Years of Chinese Legal Reform: A Berkeley Perspective

March 16 – San Francisco
March 17 – Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

Organized by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Sponsored by the Asia Society, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, the Robbins Collection, and the World Affairs Council

This day-and-a-half symposium will celebrate the groundbreaking contributions of Jerome A. Cohen and Stanley Lubman, who launched 60 years ago the field of teaching Chinese law in the United States.  The program will include a discussion moderated by former NPR correspondent Mary Kay Magistad on the future of rule of law in China and will also include discussions on commercial law and technology.


Jerome Cohen and Stanley Lubman

May 2020

Certificate of Specialization in International Law Award Ceremony

Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley

Each year the Miller Institute hosts a ceremony to recognize law students who have contributed to international law scholarship and practice at Berkeley Law by completing the requirements for the Certificate of Specialization in International Law. Please join us to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these students.

More details will be announced shortly.

2019 Certificate Awardees