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Academic Centers

UC Davis School of Law is committed to leading-edge scholarship, public service, and the highest standards of legal education. The King Hall academic centers further his mission by serving to focus and showcase outstanding faculty research and enhancing opportunities available to students for hands-on experience addressing the most pressing issues of our time.  The centers bring to King Hall numerous speakers, conferences, symposia, and other events, while serving to facilitate student involvement in a wide range of initiatives, externships, competitions, and other unique opportunities. Your gift to the centers supports these vital activities.

California International Law Center at King Hall

UC Davis School of Law has a proud legacy of engagement in matters of global consequence. Continuing that tradition is the California International Law Center at King Hall (CILC), which fosters the work of faculty, students, and alumni in international, comparative, and transnational law. CILC hosts and co-sponsors events throughout the year and fosters important partnerships, such as its collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to design a peace and reconciliation plan for war-torn Sudan. CILC’s Director, Fellow, and Faculty Council publish on topics as varied as cross-border crime and comparative civil rights, globalization and digitization, food security and global finance, serve as a source of information and expert commentary for national and international media, and help to prepare students for careers in the 21st century world.

The California Environmental Law and Policy Center

As a top public research university and a leader in environmental science and clean technology, UC Davis has long been a model for sustainable change. Now, with the establishment of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center (CELPC), UC Davis School of Law is building on that legacy of environmental leadership. CELPC serves to focus environmental scholarship, initiatives, and events within the Law School, promote linkages with environmental scholarship and research on the UC Davis campus and elsewhere, and advance informed environmental law and policy at all levels of government. Under Director Richard Frank, a nationally recognized leader in environmental law and policy and a UC Davis School of Law alumnus, the center expands the opportunities available to students as it addresses critical environmental law problems.

The Center for Science & Innovation Studies

The Center for Science & Innovation Studies (CSIS) engages the many dimensions of the process of technoscientific innovation, from those that make it possible to those that constrain it. Because the skills and competencies necessary to develop a fine-grained understanding of the process of innovation are distributed across the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the professional schools, CSIS seeks to provide a space for real collaboration between traditionally hard-to-connect campus cultures. Under the leadership of Director Mario Biagioli, an internationally renowned expert in the fields of intellectual property, science studies, and patent history, CSIS provides a wide range of perspectives on innovation, intellectual property, international law, and related topics through a series of lectures, symposia, and other events.

The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies is an initiative led by faculty and students at the UC Davis School of Law, to honor the life and work of the late Professor Keith Aoki, who died in 2011. A brilliant scholar, devoted teacher, and beloved colleague, Professor Aoki had a lasting, positive impact on faculty and students. Although he contributed to scholarship in many fields, Professor Aoki’s work connecting critical theory, race, and immigration issues was close to his heart. The Aoki Center hopes to carry on Professor Aoki's legacy through faculty scholarship in these areas and by encouraging students to develop interests in critical theory.