Spring 2021 Events

Localizing Transitional Justice in the US: Cultural Production and the Politics of Memory

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021
9:00 AM–10:30 AM PST / 12:00 PM–1:30 PM EST
Event page: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/event/localizing-transitional-justice-in-the-us-cultural-production-and-the-politics-of-memory/

The US is experiencing a rise in local efforts to address historic and contemporary injustices using transitional justice discourse and methods. This panel brings together diverse examples of communities addressing the legacies of slavery and colonization of Native Americans, as well as anti-immigrant policies and the War on Terror. By focusing on local initiatives, panelists highlight the power of communities to instigate justice practices in the absence of state accountability.


  • Matiangai Sirleaf
    Nathan Patz Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law


  • Ruti G. Teitel
    Co-Director, Center for International Law
    Director, Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy
    Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law
    New York Law School


  • Laurel E. Fletcher
    Director, Clinical Programs
    Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
    Co-Director, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
    Clinical Professor of Law
    U.C. Berkeley School of Law

  • Robert Lee
    University Lecturer in American History, University of Cambridge

  • Nicholas Natividad
    Associate Professor, New Mexico State University

  • Jennifer Taylor
    Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative

Registration Required:
Meeting ID: 982 6540 6963

Sponsored by:

Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

American Society of International Law

2021 Riesenfeld Symposium
Global Speech Under Pressure: The Promise and Challenges of Free Expression and Digital Rights

Friday, February 12, 2021 – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm PST
Registration Required: globalspeechunderpressure.com

The Berkeley Journal of International Law’s 2021 Riesenfeld Symposium, Global Speech Under Pressure: The Promise and Challenges of Free Expression and Digital Rights will be held virtually this year from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. 

The keynote speaker is Nani Jansen Reventlow, founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund and leader in the international development of speech rights. She will be joined by a slate of outstanding speakers across five different panels who will discuss their research and work on topics such as online hate speech, citizen media, and content regulation. The two days of this Symposium will be an examination of the ways in which societies need to balance freedom of speech and the protection of safety and human rights in a world that has never been more digitally connected.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Register and see the agenda at globalspeechunderpressure.com

Presented by:
The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
The Berkeley Journal of International Law


Race and Policing in the EU

Monday, February 1, 2021
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Required: Register online

 Eddie Bruce-Jones, Deputy Dean, Birkbeck College of Law in London; Terri Givens, CEO and Founder, Center for Higher Education Leadership; Tamas Kadar, Deputy Director (Head of Legal and Policy), EQUINET – European Network of Equality Bodies

 Akasemi NewsomeInstitute of European Studies

 Institute of European StudiesBerkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination LawMiller Institute for Global Challenges and the LawCenter for Race and Gender

While police violence in the US against people of color — particularly African Americans — has made the news in Europe, very few Americans know about the issue of policing and race in Europe. In this discussion, our panelists offer academic and practitioner perspectives on the situation of different ethnic and racial minorities across Europe when they encounter the police. They will examine topics such as racial profiling, anti-discrimination law and redress by equalities bodies, far-right activity in state security agencies, social movements in response to police violence, and the border as a site for police surveillance and control of minorities at both the national and EU level.


Eddie Bruce-Jones is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck College of Law in London. Dr Bruce-Jones serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Race Relations and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Intersectional Justice (Berlin). He is a comparative law specialist for the Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh (on police brutality and due process) in Germany as well as Sexuality and Gender Identity Resource Co-ordinator for the Refugees in Exile Programme of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. His most recent book is “Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe” (2016).

Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Higher Education Leadership. She has more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. Terri has held leadership positions as Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin and Provost of Menlo College (first African American and woman); professorships at University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. She was the founding director at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas and led the university’s efforts in Mexico and Latin America as Vice Provost for International Activities. Terri is the author/editor of books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security. Her most recent book is “Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe” (2014).

Tamas Kadar is the Deputy Director (Head of Legal and Policy) of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, which are public institutions fighting discrimination at the national level. Through Equinet, members are able to share their expertise at the European level. The Network ensures that information and knowledge flows as efficiently as possible between members in order to learn from the successes achieved and the challenges raised during the implementation of their mandate at national level.

Heike Friedman 
heike.friedman@berkeley.edu,  510-643-4558

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