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Congressman Garamendi Speaks on Foreign Policy at King Hall

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Sep 4, 2015

We hosted a very special guest at the School of Law this week.

Congressman John Garamendi (D) spoke to an audience of more than one hundred at an event organized by the Sacramento chapter of the World Affairs Council and held at UC Davis School of Law on Wednesday evening. The event was also co-sponsored by the California International Law Center (CILC) and the students of the King Hall International Law Association. I had the pleasure of introducing the Congressman to the audience.

Congressman with audience

Congressman with deans
Me, Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, and Congressman John Garamendi

A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Garamendi was very generous with his time, answering many audience questions on foreign policy issues ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (he’s against it) to the Iran nuclear deal (he’s for it). He also discussed terrorism and international human rights. A former Deputy Secretary of the Interior, he also spoke about his opposition to oil drilling in the Arctic. He was very encouraging of our students who wish to practice international law!

After his talk, he chatted with members of the audience including our own Professor Karima Bennoune, who gave him a copy of her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, nonfiction winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

You can read more about the Congressman’s remarks in the Fairfield Daily Republic and on the Law School website.

Thanks to Congressman Garamendi for visiting UC Davis School of Law!