In the News

Announcement of the 2017 Miller Institute-ASIL Fellowship Recipients

Lydia Sinkus (JD ’17) and Vittorio Davide De Medici-Rodrigues (JSD ’18) are the 2017 recipients of the Miller Institute-American Society of International Law Student Fellowship.  The Fellowship, established in 2012, funds the participation of a Berkeley Law student to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) in Washington DC. This year, in collaboration with Berkeley Law’s Advanced Degree Program Office, we are able to sponsor tw0 students to attend the April 2017 meeting in Washington DC.


Berkeley Faculty in the News – September 2016

linos-wash-post-article-09-29-16-photoKaterina Linos (with Tom Pegram) writes for The Washington Post, September 29, 2016 on “Strong words make treaties more effective.  So is the Paris climate accord worded too flexibly?”:  “[D]evising multilateral agreements is painstaking work. Typically, negotiators from hundreds of states deliberate for many years. Any agreement they reach often involves major compromises, which means provisions that experts consider important tend to be watered down. Nowhere is this more apparent than the case of the Paris Climate Change Accords. To break decades of multilateral gridlock on climate change, negotiators followed the mantra don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

oconnell--cropped webJamie O’Connell Named Fulbright Scholar

Congratulations to Jamie O’Connell, Miller Institute Senior Fellow and Berkeley Law Lecturer in Residence, who has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar for Spain. He will teach at the University of Valencia School of Law for the 2016-17 academic year.




Victory for International Human Rights Law Clinic

The International Human Rights Law Clinic and Roxanna Altholz are celebrating another major victory. On March 14, a federal judge granted victims of Colombian paramilitary leader Hernan Giraldo Serna the right to participate in the accused’s criminal proceedings.

Read the article on the Berkeley Law website.

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Roxanna Altholz with Wilson Sonsini lawyers Leo Cunningham and Melissa Manino and former student Yasmin Emrani ’15


Congratulations to Katerina Linos

linos2Katerina Linos has been named to the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law for a four-year term.






Support for Student Travel to ASIL Annual Meeting

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law established the Miller Institute-American Society of International Law Student Fellowship in 2012 to fund the participation of a Berkeley Law student to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC. This year, in collaboration with Berkeley Law’s Advanced Degree Programs Office, we were able to sponsor one student from the JD and JSD programs to attend the April 2016 meeting.

Jessica Caplin (JD ‘16)

caplin webJessica is Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and a former FBI intelligence analyst. She is currently working with the Human Rights Center on a project investigating trafficking of urban refugees in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


Ivana Stradner (JSD ‘16)

stradner webIvana’s major legal interest concerns the amalgamation of international law and international security – a result of global, European, regional and local issues which influenced her while growing up in Serbia. After finishing her JSD, she plans to return to Serbia to teach international law and establish the Legal Clinic for National Security Law.



Saira Mohamed Joins ASIL Executive Council

mohamedSaira Mohamed has been nominated to join the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) in April. The Executive Council is the chief governing body of ASIL and oversees adoption of regulations, appropriation of money, the Society’s publications, and other activities.  Saira will co-chair the 2017 Annual Meeting Program for the American Society of International Law and looks forward to the chance to work with former Berkeley Law professors and Executive Council members David Caron and Andrew Guzman again.

Her paper on “Leadership Crimes” has been selected for the fifth annual Junior Faculty Forum in International Law, to be held this summer at NYU.  The Forum is “closely modeled on the Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum”; it pairs each junior faculty member who is selected to present with a senior scholar in the field who comments on the paper.

Richard Weir (’16) Awarded Human Rights Watch Fellowship

Richard Weir--editedRichard Weir (’16) has been awarded the 2016-2017 Human Rights Watch (HRW) Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. The Finberg Fellowship  — HRW’s only position open to all US law students — is known as the Supreme Court clerkship for human rights professionals. “It’s the golden ticket,” said Laurel Fletcher, clinical professor of law and director of Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic.   “Being able to start your career at Human Rights Watch straight out of law school is a phenomenal opportunity.”

Richard was also the 2015 recipient of the Miller Institute-ASIL Student Fellowship.

To read more about on Richard’s award, click here.