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The Honorable Chief Justice of the Sri Lanka Supreme Court Priyasath Dep: Sri Lanka’s Legal History & Constitutional Development
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Noon | King Hall, Room 1002 | Lunch Provided
The recently sworn in Chief Justice of Sri Lanka will discuss the legal history and constitutional development of Sri Lanka. A young island nation that is home to 21 million people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, its legal system are shaped by pre-independence imperialist governing bodies that include Dutch, the Portuguese, and English law in addition to its own local customs based on the native population. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, the Honorable Dep served the Attorney General’s (AG) Department of Sri Lanka for more than 33 years, including acting as the Head of both Civil and Criminal Divisions, and as an Attorney General on many occasions.
Law Professor Mary-Beth Moylan: Global Lawyering Skills
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Noon | King Hall, Room 1303 | Lunch Provided
Director of Global Lawyering Skills at McGeorge School of Law, Professor Mary-Beth Moylan will discuss the required skills to successfully practice in foreign legal systems, how to obtain intercultural competence, and cross-cultural considerations in the practice of law.
Professor Moylan is the co-author of Global Lawyering Skills (West 2013), a legal skills textbook that is unique in the market for its focus on cross-border and cross-cultural considerations in lawyering skills and practice. Professor Moylan previously served as President of the highly respected and influential Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) from 2014 to 2015 and recently presented on a mediation panel at the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy.
PhD Candidate Daniel Grinberg: Tracking Movements—Aerial Surveillance, Social Activism, and the Freedom of Information Act
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Noon | King Hall, Room 1002 | Lunch Provided
As part of our Mellon Sawyer Foundation “Surveillance Democracies?” Lecture Series, this talk will use Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures to address the contemporary surveillance of activists in the United States. It will examine the chilling of free assembly, the tactical intensification of domestic security, the asymmetrical mobilities afforded to different social groups, and the selective dissemination and circulation of official knowledge. It will focus on the FBI’s aerial surveillance and recording of the 2015 Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, and the 19 hours of video footage the agency publicly released through FOIA. Grinberg will argue that such footage provides compelling evidence of imperializing top-down visualities and develops the racialized logics that underlie the coordinated monitoring and management of groups.
Daniel Grinberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His scholarship focuses on the interrelations of surveillance records, documentary film, and Freedom of Information Act disclosures, and how these media forms can help us re-view contemporary war and security practices. He has also studied topics such as terror watchlists, virtual reality simulations, predictive security algorithms, and the militainment network of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. His writing has appeared in publications such as Studies in Documentary Film, Jump Cut, and InMedia and is forthcoming in the Journal of War and Culture Studies, Spectator, and Surveillance & Society. He is also the co-editor of the “Surveillance States” issue of Media Fields Journal and the co-organizer of the “War, Security, and Digital Media” 2017-2018 UCHRI Graduate Working Group.
McGeorge Global Center Co-Director Jarrod Wong: Replacing Secret Arbitrators with Judges in Free Trade Agreement Investment Disputes
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Noon | King Hall Rm. 1301 | Lunch Provided
No less a paradigm shift, the European Union (EU) has called for a permanent court system rather than ad hoc arbitration to resolve investment disputes arising from its free trade agreements (FTAs), including in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US, and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The EU hopes thus to foster greater transparency in the resolution process, avoid the appearance of bias through the public appointment of judges, impose the highest ethical standards and ensure greater consistency in decision-making by allowing errors to be corrected through an appellate system, thereby addressing the major legitimacy criticisms leveled at the prevailing system of investor-state arbitration. The talk will consider whether these objectives are met and what the Trump administration’s apparent disaffection with FTAs may mean for an international investment court system.
Jarrod Wong is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Global Center at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is a scholar in international dispute resolution, and has been published in the Minnesota Law Review, Tulane Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Transnational Law among others. Professor Wong is the incoming Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. He also serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), and will co-chair the ITA Dallas Workshop in June 2017.
Screening of The Uncondemned at ASIL’s Annual Meeting in DC
There will be a free screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary The Uncondemned held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the American Society of International Law’s annual conference. The film tells the backstory of the first prosecution of rape as a war crime in the case against Jean-Paul Akayesu, before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) two decades ago. The movie includes the first-hand accounts of the three Rwandan rape survivors who chose to trust ICTR with their stories.
In attendance to introduce The Uncondemned is Co-Director Michele Mitchell and advocates featured in the film Patricia Sellers, Pierre-Richard Prosper, and UC Davis Law Professor Lisa R. Pruitt.
The Uncondemned won the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for the best film about conflict and resolution at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times describes the filmmakers as having “a feeling for plot and narrative drive that underlines the thriller-type twists and turns the complicated case took.”
The screening is co-sponsored by UC Davis School of Law and our Center.
Professor Afra Asharipour: Redefining Corporate Purpose—An International Perspective
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Noon | King Hall Rm. 1301 | Lunch Provided
Over the past decade, corporate law in India has undergone significant reforms with implications for not only corporate governance, but also for questions about the purpose of the corporation and beneficiaries of the corporate form. India’s reform efforts culminated in the 2013 Companies Act. India’s recent transformation of corporate purpose does not apply to a mere subset of entities, but instead contemplates an overhaul of corporate vision in Indian firms. Nevertheless, there is reason to doubt that the specific legal provisions provided by the Companies Act will lead to substantive structural change given the various forces and institutions that may stand in the way of redefining the purpose of the Indian firm.
Professor Afra Afsharipour is the Co-Director of CILC. Her research concentrations include comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. In 2014 she listed in Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50—a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour practiced as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell where she advised clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters.
Professor Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women’s studies.
International & Comparative Law Lecture Series
CILC will host a noontime lecture series featuring our Core Faculty members throughout spring semester of 2017. Each lecturer will focus on different current topical issues facing governance abroad and relations among nations.
The lecture series schedule is listed below. Every event will have lunch provided & will take place at noon in Room 1301 at King Hall.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
Professor Afra Afsharipour: “Corporate Purpose & Benefit Corporations”
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Professor Karima Bennoune: “The Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a Violation of Human Rights”
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Professor Bill Dodge: “International Comity in American Law”
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Professor Lesley McAllister: “Brazillian Deforestation: How Does Law Matter?”
To learn more about these stellar faculty members, read their biographies on UC Davis School of Law’s faculty page: https://law.ucdavis.edu/faculty
Faculty Panel: Fortress America—The Coming Era of U.S. Global Disengagement?
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1001 | Lunch Provided
This panel features leading international and comparative law experts from UC Davis and will focus on what the new Trump Administration means for America’s engagement with the world. Topics to be discussed include:
Will we reject multilateralism in favor of unilateralism or even isolationism? Will trade
What will United States refugee policy look like?
What will become of our relations with the United Nations and international institutions?
To learn more about the panelists and moderator, click on their names listed below:
UC Davis Law Review’s 2017 Symposium Future-Proofing Law: From rDNA to Robots
Friday, January 27 to Saturday, January 28, 2017 at UC Davis School of Law
CILC, along with UC Davis School of Law and Fenwick & West LLP, is co-sponsoring UC Davis Law Review’s 2017 Symposium Future-Proofing Law: From rDNA to Robots. This year’s symposium will focus on significant technological implications and their impacts on various areas of the law, such as constitutional law, intellectual property, criminal law, and many others. Panels featuring experts in the law will discuss the legal discussions will surround technologies such as synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California
Mark A. Lemley
William H. Neukom Professor of Law; Director, Program in Law, Science & Technology; Stanford Law School
Director of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, American Civil Liberty Union; Legal Counsel to Edward Snowden
Thiru Balasubramaniam: Trade Rules & I.P. Rights Implications on Access to Medicines
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1303 | Lunch Provided
Thiru Balasubramaniam of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will be Skyping in from Geneva, Switzerland to discuss current issues facing the production and accessibility of medicine in developing countries. As a KEI Representative, Balasubramaniam addresses issues in forums that impact the world, including the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities; the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intergovernmental Committee on Public Health, Innovation and I.P.; and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) General Assembly.
James M. Wood: Operation Safe Pilot
Monday, November 7, 2016, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1301 | Lunch Provided
Following the September 11 attacks, the FAA undertook an investigation of its licensed pilots. Working with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Transportation, the FAA was able to identify pilots who had misrepresented their health qualifications for licensure. In this cooperative investigation known as Operation Safe Pilot, SSA provided the FAA with the confidential medical records of pilots who had filed disability claims but who had not disclosed the disability to the FAA.This resulted in the indictment of several pilots, including Stanmore Cooper who had not disclosed his HIV status to the FAA. Mr. Cooper ultimately plead guilty to a misdemeanor and then sued the agencies for damages for having violated the 1974 Privacy Act.
Mr. James M. Wood and his team represented Mr. Cooper pro bono in his civil case against the agencies. The case, argued to the United States Supreme Court in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, held that Mr. Cooper’s claim for emotional distress damages for having been outed by the government did not qualify as “actual” damages as used by the Act.
James M. Wood is a Litigation Attorney with over 40 years civil trial, litigation management and pro bono experience as a partner at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May and at Reed Smith LLP. Passionate about pro bono services, he negotiated a class action settlement on behalf all California public schoolchildren that was affirmed by the California Supreme Court, represented an HIV/AIDS patient which resulted in the first United States Supreme Court decision on damages under The Privacy Act, and achieved rare settlement on behalf of a convicted Pelican State Bay felon for improper medical care.
Jeremy Malcolm: Digital Trade and Democracy
Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1303 | Lunch Provided
As technology and services have assumed a more important place in modern trade agreements, the emphasis of such agreements has changed from addressing tariffs and quotas to addressing “behind the border” regulatory issues such as data flows. But trade negotiation processes have not kept pace with the public’s expectation that these issues be addressed in a transparent and consultative manner, creating a crisis of legitimacy that casts a shadow over several trade agreements currently under negotiation.
Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst at Electronic Frontier Foundation, works on the international dimensions of issues such as intellectual property, network neutrality, internet governance, and trade. Jeremy received his Ph.D. in Law from Murdoch University in 2008 and is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, High Court of Australia, and Appellate Division of New York. He is the founder of Best Bits, a civil society network on internet governance and rights.
Shahid Buttar: How Law Students Can Restore Constitutional Limits on Government Surveillance
Monday, 10/17/2016, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1303 | Lunch Provided
In this talk, Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy at Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss the implications of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s scheduled expiration set at the end of 2017.
Shahid is a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance.From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director.
After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003,where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. He first worked in private practice for a large California-based law firm, with public interest litigation projects advancing campaign finance reform, and marriage equality for same-sex couples as early as 2004, when LGBT rights remained politically marginal.
From 2005 to 2008, he helped build a national progressive legal network and managed the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, and in 2008 and 2009 he founded the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates.
Kim Stanley Robinson | You Are a Hedge Fund
Every individual’s internet activities makes them contributors of data to an interlocking system in which they are forced to become in effect the managers of a personal hedge fund which tries to manage life risks placed on them by the privatization of risk. In this situation surveillance is just one aspect, and often not the worst aspect, of the financialization of daily life. Democratic resistance strategies for counteracting this enclosure of individuals’ futures will be explored.
Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the greatest living science-fiction writers and important political writers working in the United States today. He has published over twenty novels and countless short stories. Robinson is best known for his “Mars” trilogy—Red Mars (1993), Green Mars (1995), and Blue Mars (1997)—and the New York Times bestseller 2312 (2012). Robinson has won numerous awards including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the World Fantasy Award
Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch Provided
The EU’s Proposal for an International Investment Court and Its Implications for International Investment Law
Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 12 PM | UC Davis School of Law Rm 1303
ANDREA BJORKLUND, L. YVES FORTIER CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAW AND PROFESSOR OF LAW, MCGILL UNIVERSITY
In November 2015 the European Union formally presented to the United States in the context of on-going Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations a draft chapter on Trade in Services, Investment, and E-Commerce. The chapter included a proposal to establish an first-instance Investment Court and an appellate facility. The proposal evidently draws inspiration from the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism and possibly from the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal as well. Cynical commentary suggests that the proposal was a ruse to buy time so that the European Parliament would permit the Commission to go forward – that so long as the Commission was seen to be doing something to implement the wishes of Parliament for revisions to investor-state dispute settlement T-TIP negotiations could continue. The more idealistic view is that the proposal contains at least two major innovations that respond to some of the major criticisms of investment arbitration and provides a welcome blueprint for revisions to the investment arbitration “system” moving forward. A close look at the proposal suggests that reality lies somewhere in between – there are important and possibly beneficial changes in the proposal, but, depending on one’s views of the deficiencies of investment arbitration, they probably do not go far enough to satisfy the most vociferous critics.
Unity & Diversity : Conf. of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty
UC Davis of Law is hosting this year’s Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF). Click the following link to learn more https://capalf.org/
International Intellectual Property Law: A View from WIPO
Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Noon | UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm. 1001 | Lunch Provided
Dr. Edward Kwakwa | Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
In this lecture, Edward Kwakwa will explore why and how IP is one of the fastest growing areas of law worldwide. He will examine the agenda at WIPO, which has included discussions on substantive patent law harmonization; exceptions and limitations in various areas of IP law; the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources; and the role of IP in development.
Edward Kwakwa is Legal Counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Before joining WIPO, Kwakwa practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization. His publications include two books and numerous articles on international law. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the African Foundation for International Law, Member of the Governing Council of Africa Legal Aid, Member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on the Responsibility of International Organizations, and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. Kwakwa holds an LL.B from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen’s University in Canada, and an LL.M. and an J.S.D. from Yale University.
Mending Gaps in Understanding of History, Memory, and Legal Process in East Asia
Monday, November 9, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM | King Hall, Rm. 2320
Lunch Served 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 2nd Floor Faculty Lounge, Rm. 2100A
A discussion with Consul General Dong-man Han and Professors Steven Nam and Kyu-Hyun Kim
Please join Professors Steven Nam (Law) and Kyu-Hyun Kim (History) and our event sponsor, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, led by Consul General Dong-man Han, for an afternoon of exploring resolutions to the stalemate of memory politics and history issues in East Asia. Look forward to a catered lunch following by a paper presentation, moderated discussion + Q&A, and networking.
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Steven Nam is Visiting Professor of Law at King Hall. His academic interests span and combine transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific, corporate accountability and human rights, the U.S.-Japan-South Korea trilateral relationship, and liberalism & foreign policy. Before coming to Davis, he was at Jones Day and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative.
Kyu-Hyun Kim is Associate Professor of History at UC Davis. His research focuses on early modern and modern Japanese history, colonial modernity in East Asia, modern Korean history, Japanese popular culture, Japanese and Korean cinema. He received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University in 1997.
Consul General Dong-man Han
Dongman Han has been serving as Consul General of the Republic of Korea since May 2013.
Prior to his post in San Francisco, he served as the Director-General of the International Economic Affairs Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has authored several books, including The Next 10 Years, offering an insightful analysis of the future of Korea on the international stage. Consul General Han graduated from Yonsei University in Korea and Pantheon Sorbonne University in France.
2015 Distinguished Global Jurist Lecture: Seung Wha Chang (WTO)
Judge Seung Wha Chang
Appellate Body Member of the World Trade Organization
Dispute Settlement in the WTO: An Evolving Process under Challenges
Professor Chang holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Seoul National University School of Law; and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) as well as a Doctorate in International Trade Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School.
Jacob Appelbaum | Underscan, the Culture of Keeping Tabs
Jacob Appelbaum is an independent computer security researcher and hacker. He was employed by the University of Washington, and is a core member of the Tor project, a free software network designed to provide online anonymity. Appelbaum is known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 HOPE conference.
Appelbaum has been an active member of the Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective since 2008, and is the co-founder of the San Francisco hackerspace Noisebridge with Mitch Altman. He has worked for Kink.com and Greenpeace, and has volunteered for the Ruckus Society and the Rainforest Action Network. He is also an ambassador for the art group monochrom.
Why Most Academic Cryptographers Don’t Care About Mass Surveillance
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | UC Davis School of Law | King Hall Rm 1301 | Open to the Public
Phillip Rogaway, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis
Professor Rogaway’s presentation weaves together history, examples, and thoughts that might help explain how the character of academic cryptography has been developed into its current form— intellectually flourishing, yet routinely disconnected from real-world needs. In particular, Rogaway will explore why the cryptographic community has been so unresponsive to revelations of mass surveillance.
Phillip Rogaway studied theoretical cryptography at MIT (1991). He was a security architect for IBM before joining the faculty at University of California, Davis in 1994. Co-inventor of “practice-oriented provable security,” Rogaway’s work seeks to meld cryptographic theory and cryptographic practice for mutually beneficial ends.
Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar “Surveillance Democracies?”
International Law Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 4 PM – 6 PM | King Hall Courtyard
Join the California International Law Center, learn about its programming for the upcoming year, interact with the international legal community at King Hall—including visiting scholars and
international exchange students—and meet the Center’s newest Core Faculty Member William (Bill) Dodge.
William S. Dodge, most recently the Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, specializes in international law, international transactions, and international dispute resolution.
He currently serves as Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction and as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. From 2011 to 2012, he was Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the State Department.
Co-sponsored by King Hall International Law Association & UC Davis School of Law International Programs
School of Law & World Affairs Council Present Congressman John Garamendi
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | King Hall Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, Rm. 1001
How do U.S. foreign policies affect our daily lives? How our nation’s leaders deal with matters of climate change, trade, conflict, and human rights does make a difference in our jobs and food and gas prices. Our leadership also shapes how we are perceived in the world today.
Congressman John Garamendi will describe critical issues facing our policymakers, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the global agreement on climate change, and how they affect us in the Sacramento region. As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, he will explain the global terror threats from ISIS and the complex relations with Iran. With the audience, he will have a conversation about what role America can play in eradicating hunger and disease and the desperation and hopelessness that are kindling the extremism and violence in the world today. Congressman Garamendi will share how his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ethiopia in the 1960s shaped his worldview.
This event is presented by UC Davis School of Law, the Sacramento chapter of the World Affairs Council, the students of the King Hall International Law Association, and the California International law Center.
For more information, please contact Gia Hellwig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-754-5335.
How Sugar Created Modern International Markets
Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Noon | King Hall, Rm. 1301 | Open to the Public
Michael Fakhri, University of Oregon School of Law
How did we turn biomass into a global commodity? People around the world have been trading amongst each other long before the advent of international trade law and modern multilateral institutions. Nonetheless, most scholars and policy-makers take for granted that international trade should be regulated through a multilateral institution such as the World Trade Organization. By tracing the story of sugar and multilateral trade institutions (1902-1977), Michael Fakhri provides insight into how people constructed some of our earliest modern international markets.
Michael Fakhri teaches courses on international economic law, food and agricultural law, and sustainable development at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Crises in Ukraine: Legal and Political Solutions
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 12:00 PM | King Hall Rm. 1002 | Open to the Public
James Holmes Armstead, Jr. | Professor Strategy and International Law (Ret.) | U.S. Naval War College
Dr. J. Holmes Armstead has completed two OSCE missions to Ukraine and will discuss the current crises there and address potential outcomes. His observations include possible charges to be brought before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, as well as political options within NATO and the European Community. Dr. Armstead is a retired Professor of Strategy and International Law at the US Naval War College and former UN Legal Expert responsible for drafting the Treaty Of Rome which created the ICC.
Freedom of Press vs. Limitations on Press – The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo
February 27, 2015 |12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | King Hall Room 1001
UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy 2015 Spring Symposium
Please join the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy and the California International Law Center for a Q&A Panel discussing freedom of speech and how it applies to media and press on an international and domestic scale.
- Karima Bennoune, UC Davis Professor of International Law and former Legal Adviser for Amnesty International
- Markos Kounalakis, visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Former International War and Revolution correspondent for the Washington Monthly, among others
- Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, SF Chapter
- John Sims, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Constitutional Law Professor, specializing in First Amendment rights and human rights
- Anupam Chander, Director of the California International Law Center
An International Legal Framework for Surveillance
March 12, 2015 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM | Open to the Public
Jim Dempsey | Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
Jim Dempsey has been a leading expert on privacy and Internet policy for three decades. From 2003 to 2005, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, having been with the Center since 1997. He has testified more than 30 times before Congressional committees. In 2012, Dempsey was confirmed by the Senate as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent federal agency charged with advising senior policymakers and overseeing the nation’s counterterrorism programs. In 2009, Ars Technica identified Dempsey as one of the top names in tech policy.
Jim Dempsey has authored and co-authored numerous articles in law reviews and other journals on privacy and Internet policy. He is co-author of the book Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Securityy (New Press, Third edition, 2006) (with Professor David Cole of Georgetown). He is widely quoted in the media and has testified numerous times before Congressional committees. Jim is a graduate of Yale College (BA 1975) and Harvard Law School (JD 1979).
Towards the Seamless Global Distribution of Cloud Content
Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 12:00 PM | King Hall Rm. 1002 | Open to the Public
Professor Peter Yu | Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law | Drake University Law School
In the age of cloud computing, consumers expect content to be accessible anywhere, anytime (think about The Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey). Yet, because of the considerable challenges cloud platforms pose to copyright protection, rights holders may be eager to push for the introduction of geographical restrictions into these platforms. What are the justifications for and drawbacks of these restrictions? Given the immense and ever-growing potential of cloud computing, should adjustments be made to the copyright system to promote global distribution of cloud content? And if so, what are the possible adjustments?
Peter K. Yu holds the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He has served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at the University of Haifa, the University of Hong Kong, the University of
Strasbourg and Washington and Lee University. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is the general editor of The WIPO Journal published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He is the author or editor of six books and more than 100 law review articles and book chapters.
This event is co-sponsored by the Journal of International Law & Policy at UC Davis.
Diverse Approaches to Patent Adjudication Across Agencies, Commissions, and Courts
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM | Open to the Public
Hon. F. Scott Kieff | Commissioner, United States International Trade Commission
In collaboration with colleagues, Commissioner Kieff has been exploring underappreciated differences among the various adjudicative agencies, commissions, and courts that often come into play during the life of a patent; from its birth at the PTO through review at the PTO, DoJ, FTC, ITC, District Court or Federal Circuit, or enforcement at the ITC, District Court or Federal Circuit. In this workshop, he will explore a host of salient characteristics that vary across these venues, including responsiveness to prevailing political and social currents, with a focus on the implications of these differences for choices about a patent system of tomorrow.
Commissioner Kieff is currently on leave from his academic appointment at the George Washington University Law School as the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law. Before starting at the USITC, he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he served as Director and a Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as a Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and as a Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity.
His research, teaching, practice, and consulting work focused on the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, trade, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, medical ethics, technology policy, and health policy. He was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45″ by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March, 2012.
Bye Bye, American Spies
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Jennifer Granick | Director of Civil Liberties | Stanford Center for Internet and Society
NSA stands for National Security Agency, but the agency is at odds with itself in its security mission. Undermining global encryption standards, intercepting Internet companies’ data center transmissions, using auto-update to spread malware, and demanding law enforcement back doors in products and services are all business as usual. What legal basis does NSA and FBI have for these demands, and do they make the country more or less safe?
Jennifer Granick is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Jennifer returns to Stanford after working with the internet boutique firm of Zwillgen PLLC. Before that, she was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jennifer practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From 2001 to 2007, Jennifer was Executive Director of CIS and taught Cyberlaw, Computer Crime Law, Internet intermediary liability, and Internet law and policy. Before teaching at Stanford, Jennifer spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 “Women of Vision” in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida.
Co-Sponsored by the Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures.
The Challenges of Constitutional Social Rights Enforcement in Brazil
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM | Open to the Public
Julia Ximenes | Visiting Scholar, UC Davis School of Law | Professor of Law and Academic Director, School of Law, Brazilian Institute of Public Law
Co-sponsored by UC Davis International Law Programs.
2014 Distinguished Global Jurist Lecture
Thursday, November 13 | King Hall Room 1001 | Noon | Open to the Public
Ville Itälä, European Courts of Auditors
Justice Ville Itälä was elected to the Finnish Parliament in 1995 and served through 2004. He then served as the Minister of Interior under Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen from 2000 until 2003. From 2004-2012 He served as a member of the European Parliament, and currently serving as Justice for the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and on the Special Committee for policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union (EU).
Justice Itälä will be speaking on the emerging markets on behalf of the EU and the Finnish Minister of Interior.
The European Court of Auditors is the external auditor of the EU finances and, as such, one of the EU institutions. The Court is composed of one member from each EU state who is, after a hearing in the Budgetary Control Committee and a non-binding majority-vote in the committee as well as in the plenary of the European Parliament, appointed unanimously by the Council of the European Union for a renewable term of six years.
Co-sponsored by the King Hall International Law Society, the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, and Daniel, Russell & Charles Co., LLC.
Copyright Enforcement in Europe in the Digital Era
Monday, November 3, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM | Open to the Public
Claudia Pavoletti | Director of License Compliance, Legal Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa | Intel Security
Claudia Pavoletti is the Director of License Compliance, Legal Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Intel Security. Prior to this role Claudia was at McAfee where she started the anti-piracy program in the EMEA region and then developed the legal and license compliance program to address end user and partner compliancy. She has served as a Director of the FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) Board in the UK.
Her previous job was with the BSA (Business Software Alliance) as Country Manager for the Italian Program. During her time at BSA, Claudia worked closely with law enforcement authorities on criminal prosecutions and with public affairs to ensure adequate protections for intellectual property rights. Prior to that Pavoletti was in the music arena at Emi Music. She was Senior Counsel in the Legal & Business Affairs department and then took responsibility of international co-marketing, special projects and neighboring rights in the Strategic Marketing Department.
Claudia Pavoletti is graduated cum honors in law at Universityà di Pisa and at the Universidad Francisco de Victoria in Madrid. Claudia is specialized in Intellectual Property. She holds a Master in Communication from the Universityà Claudia has been a lecturer at Pisa University on Copyright and at the BEST Master (Building Environment Science and Technology) at the Polytechnic of Milan. Claudia has been an IP Visiting Professional to the US invited by the US Department of State.
Co-sponsored by King Hall IP Law Association.
The Road to Marrakesh: Toward a New Global Synthesis of Intellectual Property and the Public Interest?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
2014 Law in the Information Age Lecture:
Ruth Okediji | William L. Prosser Professor of Law | University of Minnesota Law School
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (VIP Treaty) is the first intellectual property agreement establishing minimum, mandatory exceptions to the rights granted to authors and owners of knowledge goods. The VIP treaty aims to eliminate copyright-related barriers to access to copyrighted works for over 285 million blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled people around the world; accordingly, it differs from all other intellectual property agreements as a humanitarian endeavor. But the VIP treaty also suggests an explicit reshaping of the structural role of the state in relation to the public welfare objectives of national intellectual property policies. This lecture will highlight the political economy of the negotiating process, and the various justifications that shaped the final provisions of the VIP treaty. The lecture will also explore future prospects for achieving socially-responsible intellectual property outcomes in the global regulatory framework for knowledge goods.
Professor Ruth L. Okediji is an internationally renowned expert and scholar on the international economic system, and on the policy challenges of developing countries, particularly in the sub-Saharan African region. Her work on economic and human development issues related to the harmonization of intellectual property rights has been recognized by many national governments and international agencies. She has authored and co-authored an extensive array of articles and books, including the leading copyright casebook “Copyright in a Global Information Economy” (Aspen) and the inaugural casebook “International Patent Law and Policy” (West). As the Lead Expert Negotiator for the Federal Government of Nigeria at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities, she worked closely with the Africa Group during the negotiations in Marrakesh.
Co-sponsored by UC Davis School of Law & Center for Science & Innovation Studies.
How Do We Finance Africa’s Development? Who Does What and Why Does It Matter?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
Dotse Tsikata | African Development Bank | Visiting Scholar, UC Davis School of Law
Dotse Tsikata leads the corporate finance legal team at the African Development Bank in Tunisia. He is an expert in international administrative law and sovereign debt. He has been based at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and its Temporary Relocation Agency in Tunis, Tunisia.
The African Development Bank Group is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. Founded in 1964 and is comprised of three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. The AfDB is a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional member countries.
Visibility, Reciprocity, and Resistance: Policing and Reciprocal Surveillance
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
Bryce Newell ’10 | University of Washington Information School
Bryce Newell is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington Information School, a researcher with the UW Tech Policy Lab, and a former Google Policy Fellow. A graduate of UC Davis School of Law, he is also a member of the California State Bar (inactive), and a documentary filmmaker. His conducts theoretical and empirical research in the areas of information law, policy, and ethics, with a focus on the legal and social implications of surveillance and counter-surveillance in modern society. In this talk, Bryce will present findings from on-going research that explores the intersections between police use of wearable cameras, the rights of citizens to record encounters with police officers, and the role of public access to government surveillance databases as a form of reciprocal surveillance. To address these issues, he is utilizing doctrinal legal analysis, interviews, field observation, freedom of information requests, spatial data analysis and visualization of geospatial automated license plate recognition (ALPR) databases, and philosophical argumentation, to better understand the implications of police and citizens “crossing lenses” in public spaces
Geographical Indications of Origin and Indigenous Knowledge
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Brad Sherman | Professor of Law | Griffith University, Australia
Director | Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA)
Brad Sherman, PhD is a Professor of Law at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). Professor Sherman has previously held academic positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. His research expertise encompasses many aspects of intellectual property (IP) law, with particular emphasis on its historical, doctrinal, and conceptual development. Professor Sherman is currently working on a historical project looking at the materiality of the invention and early historical examples where IP was used to promote food security. In addition to his work on agricultural IP, Professor Sherman has authored and co-authored many foundational texts in the field of IP law in general, including Figures of Invention: A History of Modern Patent Law (with Alain Pottage).
Co-sponsored by the Center for Science & Innovation Studies (CSIS), UC Davis Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts Program, UC Davis School of Law
Wine and Spirits Law Academy
Monday-Wednesday, September 8-10, 2014 | UC Davis School of Law & Napa Valley
Join legal and industry professionals from the Americas, Europe and China for this three-day academy, which will help bridge the gap between U.S. and other essential international markets. Leading scholars, practitioners and entrepreneurs from around the world, who are experts in their fields and on the frontiers of the fast-moving global economy, will lead the sessions. Improve your understanding of international wine regulations and your ability to represent and conduct business across borders.
Agenda includes: global wine and spirits market analysis; comparative aspects of import/export laws; social media on the global wine market; global issues facing wine entrepreneurs; understanding American franchise law; comparative aspects of trademark law; issues and trends regarding geographical indications; current trends in U.S. regulations; and global case studies.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with professionals from across the globe and enjoy a private tour at Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon and dinner at its world-renowned French restaurant, Etoile.
Tuition is $1,900 with a non-refundable registration fee of $100.
Co-Sponsored by UC Davis School of Law, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis Extension: Center for International Education, UC Davis Confucius Institute, Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims (France)
Practicing International Trade in the Commercial Sector
Monday, April 14, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
Karla L. Haynes | Export/Import Compliance Counsel | Chevron Corporation
Ms. Karla Haynes provides legal counsel on all aspects of compliance with U.S. export controls, such as the Export Administration Regulations, Foreign Trade Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions. In addition, Ms. Haynes regularly counsels clients on U.S. and non-U.S. import controls in the areas of classification, entry requirements, import licensing, free trade agreements, foreign trade zone regulations and enforcement. As a subject matter expert for international trade, Ms. Haynes drafts and negotiates international trade, delivery and title transfer provisions of complex domestic and international commercial agreements including, but not limited to, purchase agreements, sales agreements, engineering and procurement agreements, non-disclosure agreements and software and data licensing agreements. Ms. Haynes also provides counsel for the company’s worldwide export and import compliance programs and initiatives. Prior to working for Chevron, Ms. Haynes was in private practice at Baker Hostetler LLP.
Ms. Haynes is a member of the International Law Sections of the California Bar, Florida Bar and the American Bar Association (ABA). Currently, Ms. Haynes is serving as the ABA International Section Liaison to the California Bar International Section and as a Steering Committee Member of the ABA International Section Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. Ms. Haynes is also a member of Women in International Trade-Northern California.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Haynes worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in several capacities. Ms. Haynes served as an Export Administration Specialist with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Exporter Services. As an Export Administration Specialist, she provided guidance in English and Spanish, to the international trade community on U.S. and foreign export regulatory requirements. Ms. Haynes also developed, promoted and delivered BIS outreach seminar programs in the western region to educate the exporting community on U.S. economic, national security, proliferation and foreign policy concerns. Ms. Haynes also served as an International Trade Specialist and Program Manager for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS). While at the US & FCS, Ms. Haynes provided export counseling, wrote market research reports, and conducted end-user export licensing reviews and numerous commercial briefings. Ms. Haynes earned her law degree from the University of Florida.
2014 Spring Symposium: Confronting Child Labor in Global Agricultural Supply Chains
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Director of the International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour
Conference speakers include Mr. Eric Biel from the U.S. Department of Labor, Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro of Mars, Inc., and representatives from four major multi-stakeholders initiatives–the Ethical Tea Partnership, the Better Cotton Initiative, the International Cocoa Initiative, and BonSucro.
For more information, please see Conference website at www.ChildLaborConference.com.
Other People’s Money: An Insider’s Perspective on Venture Capital
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
David Richter, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives | Uber Technologies, Inc.
David Richter will share his perspective on venture capital as a venture-funded entrepreneur, venture capitalist and outside counsel.Mr. Richter has over two decades of experience as a technology executive, VC and attorney. His career has been at the nexus of digital technology and consumers, and he recently joined Uber to lead its strategic initiatives. Before that, he was an entrepreneur (Say Media, Sonic Solutions, DivX, drugstore.com), venture capitalist (Maveron) and outside counsel (Irell & Manella).
David Richter is a graduate of Yale Law School and Cornell University.
The Internet, the U.S. Government, & the Rule of Law
Monday, February 3, 2014 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Andrew Bridges, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP
Andrew Bridges represents innovators and their companies in a wide variety of important matters typically involving new technologies or business models, often when a company’s or an entire industry’s future is at stake. His practice includes complex litigation and high-stakes counseling in Internet, copyright, trademark, advertising, unfair competition, consumer protection, and commercial law matters. He is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and companies that develop or promote new products, technologies, or business models in the face of potential legal challenges. In addition, he has advised many of the most dynamic and important Internet and technology companies on their branding and trademark portfolios as well as litigating their rights.
An expert in cutting-edge fields, he has authored several important amicus curiae briefs, including representation of eBay, Facebook, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and Yahoo! in Viacom v. YouTube (2d Circuit).
Real World Challenges in International Transactions
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
Christopher Austin | Partner, Goodwin Procter
Mr. Austin is a partner at Goodwin Procter, an international law firm, and splits his time among the firm’s Boston, New York and San Francisco offices. Christopher is a capital markets and technology company lawyer who focuses on general corporate and securities law and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities and securities law compliance. He has been counsel to numerous software, healthcare, medical device and other technology companies from incorporation through venture funding and final exit, including advising on initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property issues, joint ventures and other matters. He has done a substantial amount of work with international companies seeking to come to the United States, and with US companies seeking to expand internationally. In addition to representing companies, Mr. Austin represents leading investment banks such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan in connection with public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology companies.
Christopher Austin received his law degree from Yale Law School and graduated with degrees in both political science and economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.
So You Want to Be an International Lawyer? Tips from the Field
Monday, January 13, 2014 | King Hall Room 1002 | 12:00 PM
Elizabeth (Betsy) Andersen |Executive Director, American Society of International Law
Elizabeth (Betsy) Andersen, an expert in international human rights law, international criminal law, and rule of law development, currently serves as Executive Director of the American Society of International Law, a position she has held since 2006. She was previously Executive Director of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, and of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division. Earlier in her career, she was a law clerk to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and to Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. She serves on the governing boards of the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, the International Law Institute, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, and Williams College, and she is an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law. Andersen is a graduate of Yale Law School (JD), Princeton University (MPA), and Williams College (BA).
Co-sponsored by: American Society of International Law & UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.
How I Spent My Summer Saving* the World
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | King Hall Room 1303 | 12:00 PM
The California International Law Center (CILC) is delighted to announce two exciting fellowship competitions for King Hall students this summer: the 2014 UC Human Rights Fellowship and the 2014 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship.
Please join us in room 2013 at noon to learn more about the application process and insights of past fellowship winners.
2013 UC Human Rights Fellows
Imron BhattiImron Bhatti ’14 | Accountability Counsel in Delhi, India
Mr. Bhatti will be working with San Francisco-based non-profit Accountability Counsel, supporting their case work and policy advocacy in India. This project will focus on assisting Indian communities affected by human rights and environmental impacts of internationally financed agribusiness, infrastructure, and resource extraction projects. Mr. Bhatti will build community capacity to effectively access accountability mechanisms while supporting policy advocacy to ensure that these mechanisms are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.
Anita MukherjiAnita Mukherji ’14 | East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, San Francisco
As an intern at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley, Ms. Mukherji will participate in all stages of representation for affirmative asylum applicants, culminating in representing them at the San Francisco Asylum Office. Her caseload will include a diverse range of clients from around the world who are fleeing persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant addresses urgent public interest and human rights issues by providing pro bono representation to low-income and indigent immigrants and refugees so that they are not placed in removal proceedings, and are given a pathway to citizenship.
2013 John Paul Steven Public Interest Fellows
Elizabeth BallartElizabeth Ballart ’14 | Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
In partnership with the Disability Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), Ms. Ballart’s project will address the needs of low-income workers with hidden disabilities for reasonable accommodations. Despite federal and state anti-discrimination laws, people with disabilities represent the poorest minority in the nation and California, and they face persistent discrimination in the workplace. Workers with hidden disabilities like cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric disorders encounter particular challenges when they seek necessary and often modest reasonable accommodations at their jobs. To empower workers with hidden disabilities, Ms. Ballart will create and disseminate self-advocacy materials and provide direct legal services to workers with disabilities through LAS-ELC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and represent workers at administrative hearings.
Drones and Targeted Killing
Monday, November 4, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Gary Solis ’71 | Visiting Professor, UC Davis School of Law
You’re invited to attend a discussion of a current American legal issue: the use of armed drones to target and kill specific individuals on the battlefield and elsewhere. Are drones lawful weapons? Who decides? In an armed conflict, where may they lawfully be employed? What constitutes “targeted killing”? Who may lawfully be targeted? Who decides? What are the targeting criteria? May US citizens be killed by US weapons? Where is the “battlefield”? Does the law provide for CIA use of weapons of war? Bring your own questions to this lively discussion of an unsettled issue in the law of armed conflict.
An internationally known scholar on the law of war, Dr. Gary Solis is a visiting Professor of Law at King Hall. In 2006 he retired as a Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he had taught since 1996, directed the law of war program, and been awarded the Apgar Award as outstanding professor.
A 1971 graduate of King Hall, Solis is a retired U.S. Marine with twenty-six years active service. Since then he was a Marine judge advocate, a court-martial judge, and the Head of the Marine Corps’ Military Law Branch in Washington, D.C. He earned his LL.M (criminal law) from George Washington University and his Ph.D. (law of war) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he also taught before moving to West Point.Solis has been a law of war expert witness in courts-martial and Guantanamo hearings, and has provided expert commentary for The NewsHour, ABC and CBS Evening News, the BBC, Firing Line, and Anderson Cooper, among others. His publications include The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law (2010), Marines and Military Law in Vietnam (1989), and Son Thang: An American War Crime (1997).
The Impact of U.S. Immigration and Visa Policies on U.S. Competitiveness
Friday, October 11, 2013 | Kalamanovitz Appellate Courtroom | 12:45 PM
The California International Law Center, working with the Immigration Law Association at UC Davis, and the National Foreign Trade Council, is delighted to present this panel as part of the conference “Immigration Reform, What’s Next?” The conference summarizes the current status of immigration reform in the United States and the impact of these changes on our society, economy, and political system. This particular panel serves to provide a platform for community and business leaders to discuss policy issues surrounding the ability of the United States to attract and retain top global talent, particularly students, entrepreneurs, researchers and high-skilled workers.
Vivek Wadhwa, tech entrepreneur and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent
Amandeep Kaur, PhD Candidate in Physics, UC Davis
In conversation with Hanna Siegel, Strategy & Communications Consultant, The Partnership for a New American Economy
Introduction by Jake Colvin, Vice President for Global Trade Issues, National Foreign Trade Council
What Happened in Marrakesh: Negotiating the Treaty for the Blind
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
2013 Law & the Information Age Lecture:
James Packard Love | Director, Knowledge Ecology International
On June 28, 2013, in Marrakesh Morocco, 51 countries signed a new UN treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have certain other disabilities. The Marrakesh agreement was the first copyright treaty focused on the rights of users. Because it was seen as a paradigm changing precedent for copyright treaties, it proved controversial even though it would likely have little (if any) financial impact on publishers. Opposition to the treaty came not only from book and journal publishers, but also from the motion picture industry and a diverse group of patent owners. The treaty is part of a larger civil society effort to reform WIPO and expand access to knowledge. Knowledge Ecology International, based in Washington, D.C., played a key role in the negotiations from start to finish, beginning with the co-convening of the experts group that drafted the original proposal in July 2008. This talk will focus on what was achieved and what was not achieved in the negotiations, and on the struggle to promote access to knowledge.
Mr. Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). Mr. Love is also the U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors. He advises UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs, and is the author of a number of articles and monographs on innovation and intellectual property rights. In 2006, Knowledge Ecology International received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Science & Innovation Studies, UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy and the King Hall IP Law Association
The Global Empowerment Network: Opportunities and Challenges as Technology Opens Global Trade to Everyone
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | King Hall Room 1002 | Open to the Public
Brian Bieron | Head of EBAY Public Policy Lab
Technology, the Internet in particular, is revolutionizing global trade opportunities, especially for small and micro-businesses. This is an exciting phenomenon, but to make the most of its potential, policymakers must address the barriers that currently inhibit this new type of trade. These barriers come both in the form of “new issues” like intellectual property on the Internet and “classical issues” like customs and shipping.
Drawing directly from experiences with eBay and Paypal, but extrapolating to the larger Internet Economy, this talk will consider the current legal framework governing global Internet enabled trade and challenge students to think about how to adapt the legal framework to meet the growing needs of the global Internet Economy.
Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.
This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age
Thursday, April 25, 2013 | King Hall Room 1102 | 12:00 PM
Peter S. Menell | Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Based on Professor Menell’s presentation of the Copyright Society’s 42nd Annual Brace Lecture earlier this year, this lecture calls attention to the dismal state of copyright’s public approval rating. Drawing on the format and style of Ira Glass’s “This American Life” radio broadcast, the presentation unfolds in three parts: Act I – How did we get here?; Act II – Why should society care about copyright’s public approval rating?; and Act III – How do we improve copyright’s public approval rating and efficacy?
Peter S. Menell is the Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He serves on a part-time basis as one of the inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Menell has authored or co-authored more than fifty articles and eight books, including leading casebooks on intellectual property and Internet law. Professor Menell has organized more than 40 intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center, including an annual multi-day program on “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age” since 1998. He is Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Sciences project on copyright and innovation. He writes regular commentaries on copyright law and policy that appear on the Media Institute website.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS)
Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Andrew Guzman | Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Professor Andrew Guzman will discuss his new book Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change. In Overheated, Guzman takes climate change out of the realm of scientific abstraction to explore its real-world consequences. He writes not as a scientist, but as an authority on international law and economics. Deniers of climate change sometimes quip that claims about global warming are more about political science than climate science. They are wrong on the science, but may be right with respect to its political implications. A hotter world, writes Andrew Guzman, will bring unprecedented migrations, famine, war, and disease. It will be a social and political disaster of the first order.
Andrew Guzman is Professor of Law and Director of the Advanced Law degree Programs at Berkeley Law School, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Guzman holds a J.D. and Ph.D. (economics) from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law, and served as editor on the recently published Handbook of International Economic Law (Elgar Publishers) and authored How International Law Works (Oxford University Press). Professor Guzman is a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council and is on the board of several academic journals. Professor Guzman has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, the University of Hamburg, and the National University Law School in Bangalore, India.
Co-sponsored by the California Environmental Law & Policy Center (CELPC).
R.I.P Filartiga?: Does Kiobel Spell the Death of Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Carlos M. Vázquez | Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School
In 1980, the Second Circuit launched modern human rights litigation when it held in Filartiga v. Peña-Irala that the Alien Tort Statute authorized suits in federal court seeking to remedy human violations that occurred abroad. On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that the presumption against territoriality applies to suits brought under the Alien Tort Statutes. Professor Vázquez will discuss what is left of Filartiga after Kiobel.
After graduating from law school, where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Professor Vázquez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced law with Covington and Burling in Washington, DC, before joining the law school faculty as a visiting professor of law in 1990, and then as an associate professor in 1991. From 2000 to 2003, he was the United States member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the organ of the Organization of American States responsible for juridical matters and for promoting the progressive development and codification of international law in the Americas. Professor Vázquez has written and taught primarily in the areas of international law, constitutional law, and federal courts.
Co-sponsored by La Raza Law Students Association.
Combating Forced and Hazardous Child Labor in Foreign Agriculture: Issues and Hard Realities
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Paul C. Rosenthal ’75 | Partner, Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP
Paul Rosenthal’s talk will focus on efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in foreign agriculture, focusing on his 12 years of experience working with the international cocoa and chocolate industry, the governments of the United States, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, international organizations and non-governmental entities. The particular challenges of dealing with child labor on family farms—as opposed to factories—and the complexities created by poverty, lack of infrastructure and lack of capacity by sovereign governments will be a central part of the discussion.
Mr. Rosenthal is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. He has more than 35 years of experience in international trade and government relations matters. Mr. Rosenthal assists a wide variety of companies and industries, including manufacturing, technology, and food and agriculture. He has appeared before all of the U.S. trade agencies and courts of jurisdiction. He also has represented clients in disputes involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as multilateral and bilateral negotiations.
Mr. Rosenthal’s government relations practice involves trade and non-trade issues before Congress and the Executive Branch. He also acts as general counsel or Washington counsel to several trade associations. Mr. Rosenthal previously served as counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs for over five years.
Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here : Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism
Author: Karima Bennoune
W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
In Lahore, Pakistan, Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a “dark corner” by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks. In Senegal, wheelchair-bound Aissatou Cissé produced a comic book to illustrate the injustices faced by disabled women and girls. In Algeria, publisher Omar Belhouchet and his journalists struggled to put out their paper, El Watan (The Nation), the same night that a 1996 jihadist bombing devastated their offices and killed eighteen of their colleagues. In Afghanistan, Young Women for Change took to the streets of Kabul to denounce sexual harassment, undeterred by threats. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Abdirizak Bihi organized a Ramadan basketball tournament among Somali refugees to counter the influence of Al Shabaab. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond, these trailblazers often risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries.
But this global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage remains largely invisible, lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other.
A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.
“Very necessary.” — Times Higher Education
“Extraordinary.” — Daily Beast
“Stirring and urgent.” — Boston Globe
“Diligent, passionate and convincing.” — Economist
“A must read for anyone interested in current affairs.” — New York Journal of Books
“Fascinating and often heartbreaking.” — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
“A compelling, meticulously researched account. . . . Required reading.” — Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post
“A powerful and captivating tribute to those brave women and men who have stood up to fundamentalist violence in their own countries from Afghanistan to Mali, this book will hopefully inspire a new and improved international human rights response.” — Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
“This work redefines courage in a humbling dimension. Bennoune’s meticulous testament serves as a warning to the complacent and rebukes ‘politically correct’ posturing that makes excuses for the inexcusable and canvasses tolerance for the intolerable.” — Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature
“Courageous and passionate, illuminating the confiscated lives of secularists, religious minorities, and Muslims alike. Yet what is striking is not their victimhood but their resilience and resistance—that is where hope lies.” — Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran
“For too long, these types of voices, those Muslims who stand for individual freedom, debate, creativity, and compassion, have been ignored. But if we are ever to defeat the extremists, the counter narratives they provide to the distorted version of Islam need to be heard loud and clear.” — Ali Soufan, author of The Black Banners
“Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Starred review. Her interviews sear with passion as her subjects deconstruct false views of Islam and inaccurate readings of the Qur’an. Again and again, Bennoune shines a spotlight on those who battle with intelligence and creativity against guns and bloodlust. She has created a significant and compelling record of modern life in which she spares no one, from the right wing to the left.” — Booklist
“A fascinating and often heartbreaking read… Bennoune’s writing is crisp and conversational, and she possesses a deft sense of how to clearly deconstruct the most ingrained American arguments about violence in the name of Islam.” — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
“A compelling, meticulously researched account of the legions of Muslims whose struggles against fundamentalist violence are almost never reported in our media…. Required reading.” — Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post
“A must read for anyone who wants to really understand the role of Muslim fundamentalism and women’s rights.” — Nancy Graham Holm, Huffington Post
The World Wide War for Internet Governance
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Dr. Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor, School of Communication at American University
Internet governance conflicts are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the 21st century. Technologies of Internet governance increasingly mediate freedom of expression and individual privacy. They are entangled with national security and global commerce. The term “Internet governance” conjures up a host of global controversies such as the prolonged Internet outage in Syria during political turmoil or Google’s decision not to acquiesce to U.S. government requests to remove an incendiary political video from YouTube. It invokes narratives about the United Nations “taking over” the Internet, cybersecurity concerns about denial of service attacks, and the mercurial privacy policies of social media companies. This talk explains how the Internet is currently governed, particularly through the sinews of power that exist in technical architecture and new global institutions, and presents several brewing Internet governance controversies that will affect the future of economic and expressive liberty.
Dr. Laura DeNardis is an author, Internet governance scholar, and an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University. Her books include Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007, co-authored with Pelin Aksoy) and an forthcoming Yale University Press book entitled The World Wide War for Internet Governance. She is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. DeNardis holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.
Other People’s Money: An Insider’s Perspective on Venture Capital
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
David Richter, Chief Strategy Officer, SAY Media
As Chief Strategy Officer of SAY Media, David Richter works with the company’s product, engineering, marketing and sales teams to develop and implement SAY Media’s strategy for corporate acquisitions and strategic alliances. In addition to corporate and business development, he is SAY Media’s interim Chief Legal Officer. In this presentation, David Richter will share his perspective on venture capital based on his experience as outside counsel, venture capitalist and venture-funded entrepreneur.
Mr. Richter has nearly 20 years of experience as a corporate and business development executive and legal counsel. Before joining SAY Media, he was most recently Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, of Sonic Solutions, a leading video-on-demand provider acquired by Rovi in February 2011. David Richter is a graduate of Yale Law School and Cornell University.
Readings from Gold Boy, Emerald Girl & The Vagrants
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
YiYun Li, 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow
Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996 to pursue a Ph.D. in immunology but stopped short to become a writer. She has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an M.F.A. in creative non-fiction writing from the University of Iowa.
Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories and elsewhere. She has received grants and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her debut novel, The Vagrants, was published to critical acclaim and won a gold medal of California Book Award. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was published in September 2010. She was selected by Granta as one of the Best Young American Novelists, and named by The New Yorker as one of top 20 fiction writers under age 40 from US. Her work has been translated into more than ten languages. She serves as an editor for Brooklyn based literary magazine, A Public Space.
Resolving Global Trade Disputes from Gasoline to Clove Cigarettes: A View from a World Trade Organization Appellate Body Member
Monday, January 14, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM
Judge Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández Presents the 2013 Distinguished Global Jurist Lecture
Born in Mexico in 1968, Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández holds the Chair of International Trade Law at the Mexican National University (UNAM) in Mexico City. He was Head of the International Trade Practice for Latin America at the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in Mexico City. His practice has focused on issues related to NAFTA and trade across Latin America, including international trade dispute resolution.
Prior to practicing with a law firm, Mr. Ramírez was Deputy General Counsel for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economy in Mexico for more than a decade. In this capacity, he provided advice on trade and competition policy matters related to 11 Free Trade Agreements signed by Mexico, as well as with respect to multilateral agreements, including those related to the WTO, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI).
Mr. Ramírez also represented Mexico in complex international trade litigation and investment arbitration proceedings. He acted as lead counsel to the Mexican government in several WTO disputes. He has also served on NAFTA panels.
The U.S.-Chile Relationship and the Special Role of California
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | King Hall Room 1001 | 4:30 PM
Alejandro D. Wolff, U.S. Ambassador to Chile
Ambassador Wolff joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1979. His assignments in Washington include tours on the Policy Planning Staff (1981-1982); in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs (1988-1989); in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1989-1991); as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department (1996-1998); and as the Executive Assistant to Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell (1998-2001). He has served in Algeria, Morocco, Chile, Cyprus, the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels and France. His most recent assignment was Ambassador and Deputy Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations (2005-2010).
This presentation is sponsored by the UC Davis School of Law, International Law Programs and California International Law Center, Hemispheric Institute of the Americas, and the UC Davis-Chile Partnership Program.
2012 Fall Symposium: Brand New World: Distinguishing Oneself in the Global Flow
Friday & Saturday, October 4-5, 2012 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | King Hall Room 1001
The California International Law Center invites you to attend “Brand New World: Distinguishing Oneself in the Global Flow.” The conference, sponsored by Google, will discuss one of the most important issues in society and modern commerce: the role of brands in our lives. Two dozen of the world’s top scholars of trademarks and brands, from Cambridge, Oxford, NYU, Stanford, Princeton, Hong Kong, the Max Planck Institute, and the London School of Economics, will discuss the future of brands and trademark law.
Modern Trademark law claims to protect consumers against fraud and confusion but fails to grasp the role of brands in creating and maintaining personality, distinction, and relations in a global economy. Exploring brand-making across geographic and historical periods–from the Greeks to Facebook and Google–the symposium analyzes the actual role of brands and marks to rethink trademark law and its future role.
Book Release: Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, Marriage
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | King Hall Room 2303 | 12:00 PM
Rose Villazor, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
The Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA) presents Professor Rose Villazor and her new book, “Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage.” In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional inLoving v. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships. Marriage continues to be the sole measure of commitment, mixed relationships continue to be rare, and same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 out of 50 states. Most discussion of Loving celebrates the symbolic dismantling of marital discrimination. This book, however, takes a more critical approach to ask how Loving has influenced the “loving” of America. How far have we come since then, and what effect did the case have on individual lives? Featuring discussion by King Hall Professors Rose Villazor, Anupam Chander, and Courtney Joslin. This public lecture is co-sponsored by CILC.
International Law and Today’s Global Challenges: A Briefing from the Hague
Tuesday, August 30, 2012 | 4 PM | Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom
The Honorable Judge Joan Donoghue | International Court of Justice
The Honorable Judge Donoghue will deliver a public lecture in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom about contemporary challenges for international law. The Honorable Judge Joan Donoghue is the first American woman on the bench of the International Court of Justice and only the third woman elected to the Court.
Special Book Event: From Goods to a Good Life
Thursday, August 30, 2012 | King Hall Room 1001 | 4:00 PM
Join Professor Madhavi Sunder and UC Davis School of Law for a special book event at King Hall!
Most scholarship on intellectual property considers this law from the standpoint of law and economics. Under this conventional wisdom, intellectual property is simply a tool for promoting innovative products, from iPods to R2D2. In her highly original new book “From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice,” UC Davis’s own Professor Madhavi Sunder calls for a richer understanding of intellectual property law’s effects on social and cultural life. The book turns to social and cultural theory to more fully explore the deep connections between cultural production and human freedom.
4 P.M. Lecture/reading in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (Room 1001)
5 P.M. Reception in the King Hall Courtyard
Power or Justice? The Prosecution of Charles Taylor
Friday, August 21, 2012 | King Hall Room 2304 | 12:00 PM
Christopher Mahony, Deputy Director, Auckland University’s New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice
On April 26, 2012, the Special Court for Sierra Leone found former Liberian President Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. Often cited as a “new model” for post conflict justice, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has been lauded as an international and domestic hybrid. Placing the creation of the SCSL in geo-political and historical context illuminates external intentions outside the parameters of orthodox transitional justice narratives. In this presentation, Mr. Mahony will discuss how politics compromised the court’s independence and the relationship between the breadth of state participation in tribunal design and the vulnerability of international crimes case selection to political manipulation.
Chris Mahony is Deputy Director of Auckland University’s New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and doctoral candidate at Keble College, Oxford University, where he completed his Masters in African Studies. He has worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and has advised the U.S Department of State, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, and the Institute for Security Studies on justice sector reform and the International Criminal Court.
From Pinochet In The House Of Lords To The Chevron/Ecuador Lago Agria Fracas
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 12PM | Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom
The Honorable Judge Charles Brower | The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
Judge Charles Brower has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague since 1983, and he has served as Judge Ad Hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Over his 49-year career, Judge Brower has combined extensive practice at the bar with distinguished national and international public service, concentrating during 30 years in the fields of public international law and international dispute resolution.
The Impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Americas
Monday, April 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom
The Honorable Judge Diego García-Sayán | Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Diego García-Sayán was elected President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the 2010-11 term and reelected for the term 2012-2013. He was the first Peruvian to be elected President of the Court. He has served as a judge on the court since 2004. During his distinguished career, Judge García-Sayán has served as Minister of Justice of Perú, and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Perú and as a member of the Peruvian Congress. He founded the Andean Commission of Jurists and was the Chairperson of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Judge García-Sayán is a university professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and author of many publications on international law and human rights.
“Toward Peace with Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability” Report Launch
Tillar House, American Society of International Law
As part of a larger partnership between the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and California International Law Center (CILC) at King Hall, University of California, Davis, School of Law, a joint report entitled “Toward Peace with Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability,” is being launched. The report provides a practical legal analysis of the transitional justice issues facing the Darfur region of Sudan. Designed to be a tool for civil society to rebuild once the region is stabilized, the report focuses on accountability for the atrocities committed in Darfur, Sudan.
Presenting the report will be:
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah Eisa, 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Laureate
Diane Marie Amann, Director, California International Law Center, UC Davis, School of Law
Monika Kalra Varma, Director, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights