Release of 2018-2019 Annual Report

The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law is pleased to announce the publication of our latest Annual Report.  The report highlights our programs and events in international and comparative law for 2018-2019.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our work.

Read the 2018-2019 Annual Report.  

Congratulations to Katerina Linos

Professor Katerina Linos, Co-Faculty Director of the Miller Institute, has won the 2019  American Political Science Association European Politics and Society Section Best Article Award for her article on “Rumors and Refugees: How Government-Created Information Vacuums Undermine Effective Crisis Management,” 62 International Studies Quarterly 671 (2018) (with Melissa Carlson and Laura Jakli).


Recognition of 2019 International Law Certificate Recipients

The recipients of the 2019 International Law Certificate were honored in a ceremony held on May 9.  This year 15 JD students, 9 LLM  students, and one JSD student earned the certificate.  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky welcomed the gathering of students, faculty, staff, family, and friends. The ceremony also featured remarks by students Antonia David (JD ’19) and Jessica Koningisor (LLM ’19).

For an article on the ceremony, click here.

For information on the International Law Certificate Program, click here.


Berkeley Law and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law — March 2019

Prof. Saira Mohamed moderating an ASIL Meeting panel, March 20 2019

The Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), held each spring in Washington DC, is the largest and most important gathering of international law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. This year’s edition on the theme of “International Law as an Instrument” was held on March 27-30, 2019.

Professor Saira Mohamed moderated a session on “Emerging Accounta­bility Mechanisms: Innovative or Ineffective?.” Brian Egan (’00) spoke at a panel on “International Law as a Counterweight to Power Asymmetries in International Politics” and participated in a tabletop simulation on “Atrocity Prevention Decision-Making in the US Government.” The Miller Institute sponsored a March 29 reception, hosted by Professor Mohamed, for Berkeley Law students, faculty, and alumni who attended the Annual Meeting to honor the memory of former ASIL President and Berkeley Law Professor David Caron (’83).

In recognition of the important role that student-edited international law journals play in the dissemination of international legal scholarship, ASIL inaugurated a new program as part of the Annual Meeting: the International Law Review Editors Roundtable. Berkeley Law was represented at the Roundtable by Isaac Webb (’20), 2019-2020 Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), who traveled to Washington DC with support from the Miller Institute.

Seven Berkeley Law students attend the Meeting as 2019 ASIL Fellows.  The fellowship, sponsored by the Miller Institute and the Advanced Degree Program Office, allows students the opportunity for knowledge and networking found at ASIL.  To read the reports on their experiences in Washington DC, click here.

Berkeley Law faculty and alumni have a rich history of leadership in ASIL. Professor Saira Mohamed and Jarrod Wong (’99) are members of the Executive Council, which serves as the governing body of the organization. Professor Laurel Fletcher is the co-chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group and Kate Jastram (’86), former Miller Institute Executive Director and Berkeley Law lecturer, is co-chair of the International Refugee Law Interest Group. Professor Katerina Linos and University of Chicago Professor Tom Ginsburg (JD ’97/PhD ‘99) sit on the Editorial Commit­tee of the American Journal of International Law.

Berkeley Law, through the Miller Institute, is an Academic Partner of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), which provides recognition, participation, promo­tion, education, and access opportunities for our students, faculty, and alumni.


Participants of the Inaugural International Law Review Editors Roundtable, including Isaac Webb ’20 (fifth from left), and Profs. Tom Ginsburg JD ’97/PhD ’99 and Katerina Linos (center)

Berkeley Law Ranked in Top Ten of Best International Law Programs

According to the 2020 edition of the US News and World Report of law school rankings, released on March 11,  2019, Berkeley Law once again placed in the top ten of Best International Law Programs — as well as Best Law Schools — in the nation.

Article on life and work of Professor Richard M. Buxbaum

Richard M. Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law (Emeritus), was profiled in an article by Berkeley News. Since arriving in Berkeley in 1961, he has helped navigate many hot-button campus issues over the past several decades, such as the Free Speech Movement, the Vietnam War, and the 1969 Third World Liberation Front.  And at age 88, he is among the oldest professors still teaching at UC Berkeley.

Read the article here.

Announcement of the 2019 Miller Institute-ASIL Fellowship Recipients

The Miller Institute, in collaboration with Berkeley Law’s Advanced Degree Program Office, is pleased to announce the 2019 Miller Institute-ASIL Fellows:

Karin Bashir (JD 2020)
Mélina Cardinal-Bradette (LLM 2019)
Jiahui Duan (LLM 2019)
John Hannon (JD 2019)
Andrea Maddox (JD 2019)
Alvaro Pereira (JSD 2019)
Alexandra Zaretsky (JD 2020)

The Fellowship, established in 2012, will allow the students to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, March 27-30, 2019, in Washington DC.  This year’s theme is “International Law as an Instrument.”

The ASIL Annual Meeting is the largest and most important gathering each year of international law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars, and features lectures and panels made up of the world’s most eminent international lawyers, including many Berkeley Law faculty and alumni. Attending the meeting is an unparalleled opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and build their network.