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An International Legal Framework for Surveillance

Thursday, February 19, 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 PM | RM. 1002 | Open to the Public

Peter Yu | Professor of 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 UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.


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.


Your Fatwa Does not Apply Here...Here...or Here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | King Hall Room 2303 | 3:30 PM | Open to the Public

Professor Karima Bennoune

Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

Muslim Opposition to Fundamentalism in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA) and  the King Hall International Law Association (KHILA).


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 Initative 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.


Call for Papers - Comparative Business and Financial Law

Friday & Saturday, November 7-8, 2014

American Society of Compartive LawCall for Papers: American Society of Comparative Law
Younger Comparativists Committee Workshop on Comparative Business and Financial Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) is pleased to invite submissions for a workshop on comparative business and financial law to be held on November 7-8, 2014 at UC Davis School of Law in Davis, California. The purpose of the workshop is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, commercial law, economics, finance, and securities.

Up to thirty papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. The workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from UC Davis School of Law and Graduate School of Management, faculty from other institutions, and invited guests.

Submissions will be accepted from scholars who have held a full-time academic appointment for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2014.

Submission Instructions

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 1000 words before July 1, 2014, to the following address:

Please title the email “YCC Business Law Workshop – [Name].” Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the workshop. Abstracts should include a cover page with the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar.

Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, at least one author must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.


Invitees will be selected via a blind review by a workshop selection committee. Authors of the submissions selected for the workshop will be notified no later than August 15, 2014. There is no cost to register for the workshop but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to scholars from ASCL member schools who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Final papers for the workshop will be due no later than October 17, 2014.

Please see the official call for paper  at the Younger Comparativists Committee's website. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Afra Afsharipour, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at

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.

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