Spring 2024 Events

2024 International Law Certificate Award Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, May 9: 2:00-3:00pm Ceremony, 3:00-4:00pm Reception
NEW ROOM: now taking place in Law 110

Professor Laurel E. Fletcher and Professor Katerina Linos, Faculty Co-Directors of Berkeley Law’s Miller Institute, are very pleased to announce the graduating J.D. and LL.M. students who have earned the 2024 Certificate of Specialization in International Law.  Please find their names below. The Berkeley Law community is cordially invited to the special in-person ceremony and reception honoring the 2024 awardees on Thursday, May 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Each year, The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law recognizes students who have contributed to international law scholarship and practice at Berkeley Law by completing the requirements for the International Law Certificate. In order to earn the Certificate, students must take the foundational International Law course, complete an additional nine units of international or comparative law classes, and write a substantive original research thesis on a topic in the field.

Please join Dean Chemerinsky and Professor Katerina Linos along with the International and Comparative Law Faculty in celebrating the inspiring accomplishment of these outstanding students!

The 2024 ceremony takes place from 2:00–3:00 p.m. in Room 11o, Berkeley Law. An outdoor champagne and sparkling cider reception with light refreshments will follow from 3:00–4:00 p.m. on Steinhart Courtyard. We warmly invite Berkeley Law students, faculty, alumni, staff and the wider international law community to come and honor the awardees. 

To RSVP, please fill out this online form or contact Ms. Toni Mendicino at tmendicino@law.berkeley.edu or 510-643-7969. We can’t wait to see you on May 9!

Presenting the 2024 International Law Certificate Awardees:

LL.M. Student Honorees:

Reza Darmawan
Luna Jalucha
Arzoo Karki
Keisuke Matsuzoe
Mitsu Parikh
Ahamed Yaseen Shajahan
Ecenur Uyanik
Mona Zhuo

J.D. Student Honorees:

Sabreen Abdelrahman
Margarita Akopyan
Cassidy Alford Veidelis
Aaminah b’Hat
Jona Boçari
Emma Burke
Angela Chen
Andrea Clark Gómez
Amanda Colding
Clare Connaughton
Justine DeSilva
Nicki Ghazarian
Julia Herrmann
Heidi Kong
Gabriella Lanzas Mascaró
Sophie Lombardo
Maria Oliveira
Paloma Palmer
Iqra Razzaq
Andrew (Andy) Secondine
Peyten Sharp
Karen Valenzuela
Dalton Valerio
Julia Wang

International Law Certificate Ceremony flyer 2024

Prof. Katerina Linos and Prof. Elena Chachko teach a Colloquium on Law and Geopolitics in Spring 2024 – noted guest speakers present cutting-edge research in a workshop format. Classes are open to Berkeley Law, campus and the wider community! Takes place at Berkeley Law Fridays, January 12 through April 19, 11:00am – 12:40pm with lunch offered to attendees. In person only, meets in Room 130, UC Berkeley Law School. Support provided by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. Please RSVP here to help with lunch count and to receive a copy of the research paper. Students may enroll in Part I, Part II or both. 
Spring 2024 Colloquium flyer

A European Perspective on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations

Thursday, April 18, 2024 @ 3:35 pm – 4:35 pm – Berkeley Law Room 170

Featuring: Dr. François Delerue, Assistant Professor of Law and a member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Law and Automation (Lawtomation) at IE University. He is also an Associate Fellow of The Hague Program on International Cyber Security and the GEODE Center (Paris 8 University). His book Cyber Operations and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020) was awarded the 2021 Book Prize of the European Society for International Law. 

Cyber operations are an integral part of contemporary international relations. From the infamous Stuxnet computer worm, to election meddling, to the worldwide economic consequences of the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware, to the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, state-sponsored cyber activities are challenging the international rules-based order. International law, as the cornerstone of international peace and security, also applies to these activities. Yet, important questions remain regarding the interpretation and application of this legal framework, which was mostly developed years before the dawn of the internet. In this context, States and other actors are striving to shape the interpretation and content of the rules of international law on cyber operations, and some States have developed the unprecedented practice of releasing interpretive statements on the matter. This presentation will analyze the positions adopted by France and other European States, along with the United States, and will also cover how questions pertaining to the application of international law to cyberspace are highly instrumentalized and politicized, with States and other actors competing for normative influence.

Sponsored by: Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France; The Center of Excellence in French and Francophone Studies; Institute of European Studies; and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. Light refreshments provided.



The Miller Institute is delighted to cosponsor the following in-person events with UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies:

Professor Iyiola Solanke (Oxford), on “Solidarity across time and place: towards a decolonial narrative of refugees and asylum seekers in EU law”
Thursday, April 11, 11 a.m. – Noon, 223 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley

Website link to RSVP: https://events.berkeley.edu/ies/event/237677-iyiola-solanke-solidarity-across-time-and-place-towar
War in Ukraine is an opportunity for the EU to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine by providing refuge to those fleeing war and helping them to continue with their lives to the greatest extent possible. However, the over 76,000 foreign students from 155 countries who were studying in Ukraine were subjected to a ‘racialised refugee hierarchy’ (ODI) as they sought to leave Ukraine and enter other countries: border guards enacted a ‘Ukrainians first’ policy. In this paper, Prof. Iyiola Solanke (University of Oxford) suggests that this is the result of the 200-year silencing of Europe’s colonial history, perpetuating a general environment of ignorance across Europe within which racism and xenophobia towards Black people can be embedded in institutions and enacted by individuals.

EU Transnational Panel Discussion on “Migration, Governance and Human Rights in the EU”

Thursday, April 11, Noon – 1:00pm, 201 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley

Website link to RSVP: https://events.berkeley.edu/ies/event/237675-joyce-de-coninck-eu-transnational-cooperative-governa

This panel discussion features Prof. Joyce De Coninck (Ghent University Law School), Prof. Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary University, London) and Prof. Liliane Tsourdi (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands). Each scholar will present their research analyzing EU law from varied, yet interrelated, perspectives.


The Berkeley Journal of International Law presents 
The 2024 Riesenfeld Symposium: ESG & International Law 
Wednesday, April 10: 2024, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law

Join BJIL for a day with legal experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore the intricate relationship between Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations and international legal frameworks. Participants will delve into key topics such as the impact of ESG factors on trade agreements, investment treaties, human rights, and dispute resolution mechanisms, offering insights into emerging trends and best practices. Keynote Address by Paolo Taticchi (London School of Management).

For more information and to RSVP, please visit riesenfeldsymposium.com. Sponsored by The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law & Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, US LLP.

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Comparative Business Systems among the United States, Japan, and China

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Berkeley Law Room 130

In this talk, Professor Shishido will introduce his forthcoming book, Incentive Bargaining and Corporate Governance: Comparative Enterprise Law across Three Leading Economies (Cambridge University Press), co-authored with Professor Shen Wei. He will use several figures to show a general comparison of the business systems in the US, Japan, and China. This talk will enable the audience to grasp the overview of the business systems of the three countries.

Registration not required but highly encouraged: https://forms.gle/LvWvRWftgM1HXUsx6(opens in a new tab)

This event is cosponsored by the Berkeley Journal of International Law and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

A Fireside Chat with Alumnus Steven Smith: The Founding of BJIL and the History of International Arbitration in California

Thursday, March 7, 2024 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Berkeley Law Room 130 and Freehouse, 2700 Bancroft Way

BJIL is excited to host Steve Smith, international arbitrator/Jones Day Counsel, Berkeley law alum, and the founder of our journal (!!), for a fireside chat followed by a networking event. The event is scheduled for March 7th, from 5:00-7:30 — the first half (from 5:00-6:00) will be in room 130, the second half (from 6:00-7:30) will be at Freehouse. Steve Smith plans to discuss his time at Berkeley, his early career, and current research on the history of international arbitration in CA. Food and drink will be provided (at Freehouse) to those who RSVP(opens in a new tab). Cosponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

RSVP required: https://forms.gle/5EcddhVPhkH6cfwu9(opens in a new tab)

The Road to Marriage Equality in India

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Berkeley Law Room 105

Utkarsh Saxena, who was a petitioner and lawyer in the Supreme Court marriage equality litigation in 2023, will discuss the social and legal movements leading up to the queer rights regime in India today, its colonial roots, and his firsthand experience of the oral arguments and social outreach in the marriage equality case.
Mr. Saxena is a lawyer and economist, practicing law at the Supreme Court of India. He has a BA/LLB from Delhi, an LLM from Harvard Law School, an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School, and is completing a PhD in public policy from Oxford with a research fellowship at MIT. He previously clerked with a justice of the Supreme Court of India, worked as an economist with the Chief Economic Advisor of India and the World Bank, and as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
All students are invited. Lunch offered on a first come, first serve basis. 
This event is being co-sponsored by Advanced Degree Program and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

International Law and the Israel-Hamas Conflict

Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, Law 110 –  Lunch provided – Advance RSVP and photo ID required at door

Professor of Practice Gabor Rona (Cardozo) will discuss the frameworks of international law relevant to the Israel-Hamas conflict, including the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and International Criminal Law. Professor Rona has worked in armed conflict settings for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and as International Legal Director at Human Rights First. He now teaches various international law subjects at Cardozo and Columbia Law Schools.

In conversation with Laurel E. Fletcher, Chancellor’s Clinical Professor of Law, International Human Rights Law Clinic Co-Director and Miller Faculty Co-Director. Introduction by Katerina Linos, Tragen Professor of International Law and Miller Faculty Co-Director.

Sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and cosponsored by the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Human Rights Center, Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Berkeley Journal of International Law, International Law Society, International Refugee Assistance Project, and Arts and Innovation Representation at Berkeley Law. 

Thursday, February 22, 12:45p-2:00p in Berkeley Law Room 110. Lunch provided.

Advance registration and photo ID are required: click link, visit https://forms.gle/v1rYo99cttyctEmh8, scan QR code, or email MGCL@law.berkeley.edu
Each attendee needs to register individually. (e.g., each spouse or member of a family/group). We will be checking photo ID at the door. Guests who have not registered and who do not present ID will not be admitted. 

For disability-related accommodations (advance notice requested), contact Ms. Toni Mendicino, tmendicino@law.berkeley.edu or 510-643-7969. 

February 22 event flyer

The Miller Institute is very pleased to sponsor or cosponsor the following exciting events:

Tuesday, February 13: 
Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center event features the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk.  The event takes place at Booth Auditorium on Tuesday, February 13 from 5:15-6:15pm.  HRC will officially launch The Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations in celebration of the High Commissioner’s visit and the 30th anniversary of the Human Rights Center.  More details are in the flyer below. Miller is pleased to cosponsor this event.

Feb. 13 HRC event flyer

February 1:
Calendar listing: A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner

Feb 1 event flyer international arbitration careers

February 7:
Calendar listing: International Responses to Crimes in Ukraine Ten Years On

Feb 8 Crimes in Ukraine event

Thursday, February 8:
Prof. David Bowker (’98): Q&A on practicing international law in public and private sectors * 12:00-12:40pm, Berkeley Law 140
Professor David Bowker (’98) offers Berkeley Law students an invaluable international law career Q&A opportunity on Thursday, February 8, 12:00–12:40pm, Law 140 – a special segment of Prof. Katerina Linos’ Law 261.1, International Business Transactions class. Prof. Bowker will speak about what it’s like to practice international law in NY and DC in both the private and public sectors (before his distinguished career at WilmerHale, he started out at the National Security Council Staff and then the Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser). Prof. Bowker teaches Disputes With Sovereigns at Berkeley Law.   For more information contact MGCL@law.berkeley.edu

David W. Bowker is the Chair of the International Litigation Practice at the law firm WilmerHale, where he has nearly 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience representing U.S. and foreign companies, multi-nationals, foreign states, individuals, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations before international arbitration tribunals, state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is a Vice President of the American Society of International Law, an outside Director of the non-profit organization Hostage US, an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, and a member of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, and American Law Institute.  Along with Georgetown Law Professor David Stewart, he recently co-authored Ristau’s International Judicial Assistance: A Practitioner’s Guide to International Civil and Commercial Litigation, published by Oxford University Press and the International Law Institute in 2021.  Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Bowker served as the Attorney-Adviser for the Law of Armed Conflict in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to that, he worked in counter-terrorism in the Office of Global Affairs and Multilateral Issues on the National Security Council staff.

The EU’s Digital Agenda: Lunch Talk Q&A with EVP Margrethe Vestager and Prof. Anu Bradford
The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law was honored to host the world’s top authorities on the European Union’s digital markets and competition regulation on January 11. The video from this event is now available on Berkeley Law’s YouTube channel. 

In her trailblazing role as Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age since 2019 and European Commissioner for Competition since 2014, EVP Margrethe Vestager is the EU’s top antitrust enforcer, taking on major tech companies such as Apple, Google and Meta. She is also the 2022 Riesenfeld Awardee. Distinguished scholar on the EU’s regulatory power, digital regulation, the global economy, and international antitrust law, Professor Anu Bradford (Columbia) is the author of “The Brussels Effect” (2020) and “Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology” (2023). This event took place in person in Berkeley Law 110 and was also livestreamed. 

Jan 11 lunch talk flyer

The Miller Institute is pleased to support this special Two-Day Event, “Guantánamo 22 Years In,” on January 17 & 18, 2024 (in person and virtual):

Day One: Wednesday, 01.17.2024 | 12:45 – 2:00 PM  | CRG Co-hosted + Special Two-Day Event 
170 Law Building (Koret Room) – Click here to register.

The Center for Race & Gender and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley present:
Guantánamo 22 Years In

with Lakhdar Boumediène (Lead plaintiff in Boumediène v. Bush, Seven-Year Guantánamo Detainee) and moderated by Dan Norland (co-editor, Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo)


Day Two: Thursday, 01.18.2024 | 12:45 – 2:00 PM  | CRG Co-hosted + Special Two-Day Event
110 Law Building – Click here to register.

The Center for Race & Gender and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley present:
Guantánamo 22 Years In

with Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Author, Guantánamo Diary, 14-year Guantánamo Detainee) and moderated by Amir Aziz (2023-2025 Chancellor‘s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley). 

Event is organized by Dr. Amir Aziz, 2023-2025 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. Event hosted by the Center for Race & Gender and the Human Rights Center, and co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and the Institute of Governmental Studies.

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