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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-sponsors: 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

Wine and Spirits AcademyJoin 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.

Program Agenda 

Speakers Biographies 

Register for the 2014 Wine and Spirits Law Academy

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)

For more information, please visit the Wine and Spirits Law Academy or contact Concha Romero at or 530-757-8569.

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.


Spring Symposium: Confronting Child Labor in Global Agricultural Supply Chains

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

The problem of harmful child labor in agriculture persists despite international treaties and efforts to end it. Poverty, limited education, poor agricultural technology, and other factors such as the insufficient capacity for labor monitoring in remote rural areas make it difficult to effectively address and eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The problem exists within various agriculture sectors across continents, from the cotton farms in Uzbekistan, to cocoa farms in West Africa, to the tea plantations in Rwanda and Kenya and palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

This conference will identify contemporary practices to confront the worst forms of child labor in agriculture from bolstering community education, to combating poverty and implementing practical and sustainable monitoring systems. Seeking to correct the dearth of legal and policy scholarship on this major international human rights issue, this symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of global experts—from academia, governments, NGOs, inter-governmental organizations and businesses—to identify current challenges and chart a more innovative path forward in the global undertaking to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in agriculture.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Ms. Constance Thomas
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


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,, 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 WadhwaFeaturing 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, NFTC


What Happened in Marrakesh: Negotiating the Treaty for the Blind

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

James Packard Love Presents the 2013 Law & the Information Age Lecture
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
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 |

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 Menell

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

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

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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. RosenthalPaul 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.


The World Wide War for Internet Governance

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

laura denardis

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.

International Exchange Program Information Session

Tuesday, February 18, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

Copenhagen, Denmark | Santiago, Chile | Dublin, Ireland | Beijing, China | New Delhi, India | Lausanne, Switzerland

Have you considered studying abroad through one of King Hall’s great overseas exchange programs?  Did you know that we have a semester exchange with law schools in Dublin, Ireland,  Santiago, Chile,  Copenhagen, Denmark and Beijing, China?  We also have a new program starting at Jindal Global Law School in New Delhi, India.  If you’re interested in the experience of a lifetime, please come to our information session. 

For more information, please see our International and Exchange Programs.

Readings from Gold Boy, Emerald Girl & The Vagrants

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

Yiyun Li

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

Ricardo RamirezJudge 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.


Summer Fellowships

2012 UC Human Rights Fellow
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Monica Crooms ’13 will be presenting about her summer working to secure immigration benefits for victims of human trafficking, torture, and domestic abuse at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.


2012 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Nienke Schouten ’14 will be speaking about her experience working with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant to provide legal support to asylum seekers.


2012 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow
ACLU Foundation of Southern California

Miles Prince ’14 will be presenting on the topic of bullying and harassment in California schools and his summer working on the Seth Walsh Student Rights Project with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

This event will be moderated by Ali Shinsato of the Career Services Office. Cosponsored by Career Services Office.

Click HERE For more information about the application process. The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1, 2013. 


Examining Venezuela's Democratic Process, Access and Participation

Tuesday, November 15, 2012 | King Hall Room 2304 | 12:00 PM

Joanna Ingram

Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Lawyers’ Committee 2012-2014 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellow

Joanna Cuevas Ingram reports on her observations gathered as part of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee delegation to Venezuela for the Presidential Elections in Venezuela. Ms. Ingram presents a brief introduction to the ICCPR, the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution, the National Electoral Council’s mandates, and recent electoral reforms. The presentation features video interviews with voters and community leaders in afrodescendant and indigenous Venezuelan communities addressing the right to vote and participation in the democratic process. She also provides a brief comparative review of voting rights in Venezuela and current voting rights struggles in the United States.

Ms. Ingram graduated from King Hall in 2012, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy. Ms. Ingram was the 2011 UC Human Rights Fellow and 2011 Ella Baker Fellow. While at the Center for Constitutional Rights, she worked on an amicus brief currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court on corporate accountability for human rights violations, as well as a complaint submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.  Ms. Ingram also authored “The Color of Change: Voting Rights in the 21st Century and the California Voting Rights Act,” published in the Harvard Latino Law Review

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

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.


Other People's Money: An Insider's Perspective on Venture Capital

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

David RichterDavid 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.

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

CILC 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.


Power or Justice? The Prosecution of Charles Taylor

Friday, August 21, 2012 | King Hall Room 2304 | 12:00 PM

Chris MahonyChristopher 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.


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

Professor Madhavi Sunder TEDxUCDAVIS: "Free. Fair. Share. Care." (Youtube video)


Confronting Climate Change: The European Commission's Adaptation Strategy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

Dr. Barbara Pozzo, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Milan

Increasing temperatures, rising sea level, and more intense and frequent extreme weather events constitute some of the contemporary challenges triggered by global climate change. These changes also affect the availability of crucial resources and the viability of important economic sectors that depend heavily on temperature and rainfall. Aware of the varying severity of climate impacts and the differing capacity to cope across regions within Europe, the European Commission established a collaborative framework to strengthen the European Union’s resilience to confront the impacts of climate change. Professor Barbara Pozzo will discuss the framework’s two- prong adaptation strategy: first, the revision of the relevant existing legislations that might be important for adaptation issues; and second, efforts to draft a specific EU Directive on climate change.

Barbara Pozzo is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Comparative Law at Insubria University in Como, Italy. Her areas of expertise include environment law, energy and climate change law, comparative law, and law and literature. Professor Pozzo is currently a member of the “Forum of Legal Experts on Adaptation to Climate Change,” which is organized by the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and sustained by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA). Professor Pozzo received her J.D. from the University of Milan and her Ph.D. in Comparative Law from the University of Florence.

Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy


The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Cases: When Industrial Policy Turns Green

Spring 2012 Speakers' Series

Professor Mark Wu joined the Harvard law faculty in 2010.  Previously, he was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he led negotiations on the intellectual property chapters of various free trade agreements.  Professor Wu also worked as an engagement manager for McKinsey & Co., as an economist and operations officer for the World Bank in China, and as an economist for United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.  His areas of research include international trade, international economic law, international intellectual property, and globalization and the law of developing countries, and he has published in these areas.


Spring 2012 Speakers' Series

Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 PM, Room 2304

Scott W. Lyons presents, "The Legal Challenges in Creating a New Democracy."

The legal process is complex for the birth of new States, especially from conflict environments (Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, and South Sudan). This talk will consider the youngest State in the world, and contrast new transitions to democracies such as Tunisia and Egypt. It will foreshadow lessons for a potential new country in 2014--Scotland.

Scott W. Lyons, J.D., M.A. is a legal advisor and democracy specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He served in multiple post-conflict situations, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and South Sudan, and advised on the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution and transitional justice in Libya. He authored numerous works on international tribunal decisions and international law in domestic courts. Previously, Scott Lyons served as Director of Programs with the American Society for International Law and as a fellow with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.



Spring 2012 Speakers' Series

Wednesday, April 4, 12PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

The Honorable Judge Charles Brower will present, "From Pinochet In The House Of Lords To The Chevron/Ecuador Lago Agria Fracas." 

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.

watch Judge Charles Brower's presentation


Spring 2012 Speakers' Series

Monday, April 2, 12:00 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

The Honorable Judge Diego García-Sayán will present, "The Impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Americas."

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.


Careers in International Law

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Room 1002

Presented by the State Bar of California International Law Section, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law and the University of California, Davis School of Law--California International Law Center and Career Services Office

Interested in developing an international law career?  This program, geared towards both law students and practitioners, will feature a panel of seasoned attorneys practicing in different fields in the international law area.  The panelists will discuss their respective paths in pursuing an international law practice, provide advice about starting or growing an international law practice in this global market, and answer questions from the program attendees.  Panelists include:  Professor Afra Afsharipour, moderator/speaker (UC Davis School of Law); Lon Hatamiya (The Hatamiya Group); Ian Johnson and Betsy Popken (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP).

All law students in attendance will receive free student memberships in the State Bar of California International Law Section.

Spring 2012 Speakers' Series

Monday, March 5, 12:00 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Professor William S. Dodge will deliver a public lecture at King Hall

Professor Dodge is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings. Before his private-practice in D.C., he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Blackmun. He joined the Hastings faculty in 1995. Professor Dodge is a co-author of the casebook Transnational Business Problems (4th ed. Foundation Press 2008) and a co-editor of International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change. During the 2011-12 academic year Professor Dodge is serving as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.

Winter 2012 Speakers' Series

Wednesday, February 29, 12 PM Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Dr. Eoin Carolan will deliver a public lecture at King Hall

Dr. Carolan is a barrister and lecturer in the law at the University College Dublin, Ireland.  He was awarded the 2011 Kevin Boyle Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for "The New Separation of Powers: A Theory for the Modern State."  He is an expert in Irish constitutional law, administrative law and media law.  Dr. Carolan also has authored: "The Right to Privacy:  A Doctrinal and Comparative Analysis" (2008); "The Irish Constitution:  Governance and Values"; (2009); and "Media Law in Ireland" (2010).

Winter 2012 Speakers' Series

Thursday, February 9, Noon, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Professor Jenny Martinez presents, "The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law"

Professor Martinez will deliver a public lecture to King Hall about the subject of her most recent book published by Oxford University Press.  Professor Martinez is the Professor of Law and Justin M. Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar at Stanford University.

Winter 2012 Speakers' Series

Monday, January 23, 12 PM, Room 2302

Professor Peter Rutledge will deliver a public lecture to King Hall

Peter "Bo" Rutledge is an American attorney, a professor of law at the University of Georgia School of Law, and an expert in international civil litigation in United States courts.

Winter 2012 Speakers' Series

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon is the Bernard Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she conducts research, writing, and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. She is a former CNN journalist who headed the CNN bureaus in Beijing and later in Tokyo, before leaving television to become a blogger and co-founder of Global Voices Online. Ms. MacKinnon is a leading expert on Chinese Internet censorship, and has authored her first book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (Basic Books, January 2012).

2011 Fall Speaker's Series

Thursday, November 10, 12 PM, Room 1001

Professor David Victor presents, "Gridlock in International Law on Global Warming"

Professor Victor's research explores the design of regulatory law and how it affects environmental pollution and energy markets. He is author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world has not advanced diplomacy for climate change and explores new strategies to increase the efficacy of advocacy efforts. This event is co-sponsored by the California Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Fall 2011 Speaker Series

Monday, November 7, 12 PM, Room 2303

How I Spent My Summer Saving the World

2011 UC Human Rights Fellows Jihan Kahssay and Joanna Cuevas Ingram will speak about their experiences working for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ethiopia and at the Center for Constitutional Rights.  2011 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow Miles Hogan will share experiences from the Sierra Club.  Ali Shinsato from the office of Career Services will moderate discussion about 2012 fellowship applications.

Fall 2011 Speakers' Series

Tuesday, October 4, 12 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Shayana Kadidal presents, “The Guantanamo litigation since Boumediene

Shayana Kadidal is senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. He will present a public lecture about his practice and litigation in the post-September 11th context.

Fall 2011 Faculty Colloquium Series

Monday, October 3, 12 PM, Room 2050

Shayana Kadidal will lead the Faculty Colloquium.

Shayana Kadidal is senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City.

Fall 2011 Speakers' Series

Tuesday, September 27, 4 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Professor Adrien Wing presents, "The 'Arab Fall': The Future of Women's Rights"

In this lecture, Professor Wing will assess events many political scientists, academics and popular commentators have labeled the “Arab Spring” or the “Revolutionary Era.”  She will analyze women’s issues in the region prior to the events that sparked the Revolutionary Era in Tunisia and Egypt in December 2010-January 2011 and conclude with some discussion about the next steps and the position of women's rights in the Revolutionary Era in selected countries. 

Fall 2011 Speakers' Series

Thursday, September 1, 4 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Professor David Caron presents, "Images of the Arctic and the Futures They Suggest"

The Arctic is changing, and peoples and nations are approaching that change holding quite different images of the Arctic. In this wide-ranging lecture and visual tour, Professor Caron identifies the images involved, the politics and law implicit in each, and the futures for the Arctic that are both possible and likely.  Professor Caron is the current president of the American Society for International Law and the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at Boalt.

Fall 2011 Faculty Colloquium Series

Thursday, September 1, 12 PM, Room 2050

Professor David Caron presents, "Principles and Rules in International Law: Dworkin?, Diversity and Disguise"

This is CILC's first "Faculty Colloquium" for the year and is open to faculty and invitees from other departments interested in international law.  Professor Caron is the current president of the American Society for International Law and the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at Boalt Hall.

Fall 2011 Speakers' Series

Tuesday, August 30, 4 PM, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

The Honorable Judge Joan Donoghue presents, "International Law and Today’s Global Challenges: A Briefing from the Hague"

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.

Wine Law Conference

June 2nd and 3rd, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Coordinated by the UC Davis School of Law, the conference will bring together wine producers, marketers, importers, exporters, and lawyers to discuss wine laws related to wine trade names and appellations (the legally defined and protected geographical regions where wine grapes are grown).  Panel discussion will be moderated by Madhavi Sunder, Clare Hasler-Lewis, and James Lapsley.

Human Rights in North Africa and the Middle East

April 19th, 12 noon - 1 p.m., Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Human Rights in North Africa and the Middle East: The International Criminal Court, The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and National Court Systems brings Dr. Jurdi to UC Davis Law.  A seasoned expert in International Criminal Law, Post-Conflict Resolution, and International Humanitarian Law in the Middle East and North Africa, and Lecturer in International Law & Organizations at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Jurdi will will examine some of the modalities and complexities of interaction between international courts and domestic jurisdictions, focusing on the ICC and the Special Tribunal For Lebanon (STL).

 Presented by the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy.  CILC co-sponsored.

The Homer and Ann Berryhill Angelo Lecture: "Criminal Justice Reform in China"

April 6th, 12 noon - 1 p.m., Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Professor Liling Yue of China University of Political Science and Law will deliver the Homer and Ann Berryhill Angelo Lecture, on the topic of "Criminal Justice Reform in China."  Professor Yue is one of China’s leading authorities on international human rights and comparative criminal procedure.  During the 1990s she served as the youngest member of the reform group that rewrote the Chinese Code of Criminal Procedure.

Also during the lecture, the Homer and Ann Berryhill Angelo Medal for Outstanding Contributions to International Law will be presented.

CILC, ILS & JILP co-sponsored.


“Toward Peace with Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability” Report Launch

Tillar House, American Society of International Law, 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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


Faculty workshop by Mary L. Dudziak

On Monday March 7, 2011, Professor Dudziak presented to the UC Davis faculty.  She is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School, founder of Legal History Blog, and a scholar of on international approaches to American legal history. Among Dudziak’s publications are Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (OUP 2008), and Law, War, and the History of Time (forthcoming OUP 2011).


"The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Global Community," presented by Sir Christopher Greenwood

Sir Christopher Greenwood is the sitting British Judge on the International Court of Justice. He has served as a member of the Panels of Arbitrators for the Law of the Sea Treaty and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. He also appeared as counsel before the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the United Nations Compensation Commission and various international arbitration tribunals. Immediately prior to joining the bench of the ICJ, Greenwood was a Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics.

On Tuesday March 1, 2011 he presented his talk, which was co-sponsored by ILS & JILP.


Finding International Law Jobs & Summer Study Abroad

Professor Bert Lazerow of the University of San Diego presented tips on obtaining summer international placements to students on February 22, 2011.

Co-presented by CILC, Career Services, International Law Programs, JILP & ILS.


American Bar Association & California Bar Association Career Panel

On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, the State Bar of California International Law Section and the ABA Section of International Law, along with CILC and Career Services, presented this panel that featured seasoned attorneys practicing in different areas of international law. Panelists discussed their career paths, provided advice about starting or growing an international practice in this global market, and answered question. The panel featured attorneys from Baker & McKenzie, South Bay Law Firm, The Hatamiya Group, and Powers Law Firm.

CILC and Career Services Office co-sponsored.


"International Criminal Justice: Its Successes and Failures,” a talk by Justice Richard Goldstone

Richard J. Goldstone is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; Chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo; Co-chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism which was established by the International Bar Association; author of FOR HUMANITY: REFLECTIONS OF A WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATOR, and the co-author of INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AT HOME AND ABROAD.

On Thursday February 10, 2011, Justice Goldstone delivered the address,  "International Criminal Justice: Its Successes and Failures,” in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.  Co-sponsored by ILS & JILP.


Exchange Programs Information Session presented by the International Law Programs

The International Law Programs at King Hall presented this informational program for students interested in studying in Ireland, Denmark or China Wednesday on February 2, 2011. Co-sponsored by ILS.


A Legacy of Justice: NLG Week

Presented by the King Hall National Lawyer's Guild Student Chapter, NLG Week ran from Monday, January 24 - Friday, January 28, 2011. It featured several events of international interest, including: Tuesday January 25, 2011 from 12 noon-1 p.m. in Room 1001 "Racial Profiling of America's Muslim Communities in the Post-9/11 World"; Tuesday January 25, 2011 from 3-5 p.m. in Room 1002 "Film Screening: Americans on Hold: Profiling, Prejudice, and National Security"; Thursday January 27, 2011 from 12 noon-1 p.m. in Room 1001 "From Guantánamo to the Hague: One Lawyer's Search for Justice." For more information, see the announcement.


"Business without Borders in a ‘Flat’ World"

The 2011 International Law Forum presented by the California State Bar's International Law Section addressed major legal issues confronted by companies and practitioners doing business with Asia, and which are also applicable on a global basis. Panels discussed legal developments in the international arena, such as negotiating international contracts, trade financing, mergers & acquisitions, human resources, and dispute resolution issues. For more information, see the program .

The International Law Forum took place on January 28, 2011 from 8:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco.

CILC co-sponsored.


"Women Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz," a talk by Barbara Babcock

Barbara Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law Emerita at Stanford University, visited King Hall on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. She discussed "Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz," the story of the first female attorney on the Pacific Coast. Woman Lawyer not only recreates her eventful life, but also casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of the late nineteenth century as well as the interconnection of women's rights with other reform movements.

CILC co-sponsored.


"The Death Penalty—A View from Europe," a talk by Professor Hans-Jörg Albrecht

On Monday November 15, Professor Albrecht, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany lectured on the Death Penalty in Europe. Professor Albrecht lectures on criminal law, criminal justice, and criminology at the University of Freiburg. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous works, including volumes on sentencing, day-fines, recidivism, child abuse and neglect, drug policies, and victimization.Co-sponsored by ILS & JILP.


"Summer Overseas/International Law Placements Panel"

On Monday November 8, CILC presented a panel featuring students who worked in international law last summer. Co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, ILS & JILP.


LiNK Film Screening

On Monday November 3, 2010, HALO presented Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)'s 30-minute video “Hiding.” The film depicts the humanitarian crisis in communist North Korea, and what can be done to help. There will be discussion following the presentation.CILC co-sponsored.


"Women and International Criminal Law"

On Friday, October 29, 2010, CILC co-sponsored a roundtable discussion of papers for a special edition of the International Criminal Law Review. The edition and roundtable are dedicated to the Honorable Patricia M. Wald, former Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The event took place at Tillar House, American Society of International Law in Washington D.C. and was presented by the American Society of International Law, CILC, Santa Clara University School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and IntLawGrrls Blog.


"A Conversation on the Court," with David Savage

On Monday October 25, 2010, CILC presented "A Conversation on the Court," with David Savage. Posing questions were Professor Tom Joo and CILC Faculty Council members Professor Courtney Joslin and Dean Kevin R. Johnson. David Savage is the the Supreme Court Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co., and the author of Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (5th ed., 2010) and Turning Right: the Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court (1992). Co-sponsored by ILS, JILP & ACS.


"Reconceiving Refugee Rights: A Synopsis"

On Wednesday October 20, 2010, the International Law Society hosted Emily Arnold-Fernandez, founder of Asylum Access and 2007 Echoing Green Fellow. She discussed her efforts to empower refugees to assert their international human rights.CILC co-sponsored.


"The War against Terrorism and its implications for Human Rights in Uzbekistan"

On Friday October 15, 2010, Nozima Kamalova, visiting King Hall scholar presented to the faculty on the War on Terror and Uzbekistan. CILC Faculty Council member Madhavi Sunder moderated. On Thursday October 21, 2010, the Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Students Association, as part of their annual culture week, invited Nozima Kamalova to present this lecture to the King Hall community and to the public. Kamalova is the founding chair of the Legal Aid Society of Uzbekistan, a nongovernmental organization that works to safeguard and promote the rule of law. Both events were presented in conjunction with the International Law Programs.


"After the Earthquake: Humanitarian Parole for Haitians"

On Monday September 27, 2010, this panel presented an update on the situation in Haiti since the January, 2010 earthquake. 3L D’Arcy Dewey will discuss her work with the RFK Center in Washington, D.C. on Haiti policy and about her independent fieldwork there. Professor Holly Cooper also described her experiences on delegations to Haiti and the recently-launched project to seek humanitarian parole for Haitians in particularly dire circumstances. Co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Clinic and ILS.


“Obama’s Foreign Policy”

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, Ambassador Derek Shearer discussed President Obama's foreign policy. Derek Shearer is the former U.S. Ambassador to Finland (1994-97); Convener of inaugural World Ecological Forum, held this summer in Gotland, Sweden; Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs and Director of Global Affairs, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California; and a CILC Global Faculty Councilmember. Webcast available (scroll to date).


"The Role of International and Mixed Criminal Courts and Tribunals in the International Community"

On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (Room 1001), Professor Gabriella Venturini discussed the similarities and differences between the ICC and ad hoc tribunals. Professor Venturini is a Professor of International Law at the University of Milan, is a former consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was part of the Italian Delegation for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Presented by the Journal of International Law and Policy as part of its 2010-2011 speaker series. CILC co-sponsored the event.


"Property Battles in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire"

On May 6, 2010 CILC co-sponsored this program presented by the Middle East/South Asia Studies program at UC Davis. It featured Huri İslamoğlu, Professor of Economic History and Political Economy in Istanbul, currently a Visiting Professor in History at the University of California, Berkeley.

International Law Course Advising

The CILC Faculty Council and several 3L students involved in international law programs presented this panel on April 20, 2010. The panel covered the nuts and bolts of the international law curriculum at King Hall and described upcoming course offerings.

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Information Session

On April 16, 2010 CILC co-sponsored this informational session for rising 2Ls and 3Ls interested in the Jessup International Moot Court Team.

"Reform of the Mexican Judicial System"

Ignacio Gómez-Palacio, Mexican trade and finance expert and former Visiting Professor of Law at King Hall, spoke at King Hall on his efforts to reform the Mexican judicial system on April 15, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Journal of International Law and Policy, La Raza Law Students Association, and the Criminal Law Association.


"Get Inspired, Get Hired"

A presentation on non-traditional legal career paths by Josh Tetrick took place on April 14, 2010. CILC co-sponsored.

"Californians in Copenhagen: Posturing vs. Progress"

Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, visited King Hall on March 16, 2010. She spoke on California's role in the recent Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Professor Rick Frank and CILC Director Diane Marie Amann posed questions.

The event was co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Journal of International Law and Policy, the Environmental Law Society, and Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal.

Webcast available (scroll to date).


"Technology Transactions in a Post-Economic Crisis Economy"

This symposium of the UC Davis Business Law Journal, co-sponsored by CILC, took place on March 12, 2010.

"Gender Violence and International Criminal Law"

On March 8, 2010, Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, delivered an International Women's Day Address.

The Honorable Ramona J. Garrett, a 1980 graduate of King Hall and a California Superior Court Judge in Solano County, introduced Ms. Bensouda.

CILC Director Diane Marie Amann and David D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley, and President-Elect, American Society of International Law, posed questions.

This event was generously supported by The Planethood Foundation, and co-sponsored by the International Law Society, the Journal of International Law and Policy, the Criminal Law Association, the Humanitarian Aid Legal Organization, the Black Law Students Association, and the UC Davis Women's Resource and Research Center.

Webcast available (scroll to date).


"The Asian Century?"

CILC co-sponsored the annual Symposium of UC Davis Law Review on February 26, 2010.

Webcast available (scroll to date).

"Human Rights in Iran"

Presented by the Middle Eastern South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA), CILC co-sponsored this event featuring Rudi Bakhtiar, former CNN Headline News anchor and current Communications Director for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on February 23, 2010.


Third Annual UC Davis School of Law Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition

On February 6, 2010, CILC co-sponsored the UC Davis Moot Court Board's competition that took place at the U.S. District Courthouse in Sacramento.

Results are now available.

"Uprooted: The International Migration of Children"

CILC co-sponsored this joint symposium of the Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy and the Journal of International Law & Policy on February 5, 2010.

Webcast available (scroll to date).


"The Women's Convention at 30"

On January 28, 2010, CILC celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This event featured Krishanti Dharmaraj, the Principal of the SamasaMdhi Initiative, and former founding Executive Director of Women's Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights (WILD for Human Rights), and several members of CILC's faculty council, including Lisa Ikemoto, Lisa R. Pruitt, Madhavi Sunder and Afra Afsharipour. The event was co-sponsored by the International Law Society, Journal of International Law and Policy, Feminist Forum, and the Lambda Law Students Association.

Webcast available (scroll to date).

Faculty Workshop with Dean Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo

During the noon hour on November 20, 2009, Dean Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo gave a faculty presentation on Latin American legal education. Pérez-Perdomo is the Dean of La Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela and a specialist in law and society.

CleanTech in the New ‘Environmental' Environment

On November 6, 2009, CILC co-sponsored the Fenwick & West TESLAW symposium on CleanTech.


Panel Presentation on Summer International Placement

On November 5, 2009, CILC convened a panel of current students that spent the previous summer working in international law and/or overseas to share their experiences. The event was co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, the International Law Society, and the Journal of International Law & Policy

"Iran in Focus: A Forum on Current Affairs"

CILC co-sponsored this panel discussion presented by the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis on November 5, 2009. It featured: Bahman Fozouni, Director of the Iranian & Middle Eastern Studies Center at California State University, Sacramento; Elham Gheytanchi, Professor of Sociology at Santa Monica College; Nayareh Tohidi, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Conversation with Wall Street Journal correspondent Jess Bravin

On October 29, 2009, Jess Bravin, the U.S. Supreme Court and counterterrorism correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, spoke at King Hall. A 1997 graduate of Berkeley Law, Mr. Bravin served as a UC student regent from 1996 to 1997. He is also the author of Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme (1998) and a forthcoming book on Guantánamo. King Hall Associate Dean Vik Amar and Professors Elizabeth Joh and Carlton Larson posed questions. The event was co-sponsored by the Dean's office, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society.

Webcast available (scroll to date).

Careers in Focus: King Hall Alumna Monika Kalra Varma

King Hall Alumna Monika Kalra Varma joined CILC on October 26, 2009. She spoke with students about her work with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, the RFK-CILC Darfur Project, and Careers in International Law. Her talk was co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, the International Law Society, and the Journal of International Law & Policy.


"LLMs and Other Advanced Degrees"

On October 15, 2009, CILC convened an informational panel for students considering LL.Ms and other advanced degrees. The program featured professors Lisa Ikemoto, Elizabeth Joh, Shannon Weeks McCormack, Donna Shestowsky, and Dennis Ventry. It also included King Hall Alumna Meredith Wallis '08, and current students Barbara Borkowski and Marta Vanegas. The event was co-sponsored by Career Services, the International Law Society, and the Law Students Association.

Dinner and a Movie: "The Reckoning"

On September 23, 2009, CILC screened the recently-released documentary film, The Reckoning, on the International Criminal Court, with discussion afterwards. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Journal of International Law & Policy.


Northern California International Law Scholars Roundtable

On September 11, 2009, CILC hosted the Second Annual Roundtable of the Northern International Law Scholars. The event was co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law-West.

“Guantánamo Justice: Habeas Challenges & the Military Commission Trial of Salim Hamdan”:

On March 16, from 12 noon-1p.m. in the Moot Courtroom, Harry H. Schneider, Jr., of Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, and Bay Area attorney Mike Trinh discussed the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, onetime driver for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and habeas challenges posed by post-9/11 detainees. Schneider helped represent Hamdan in litigation that ended in the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), and then at trial before a military commission at Guantánamo. Trinh drafted a brief in Hamdan and represents other persons held at Guantánamo. Moderator: Professor Diane Marie Amann, CILC Director. Thanks to our cosponsor, American Constitution. The Facebook link for that event is

“Overhauling International Dispute Resolution”:

Finally, a CILC Affiliate, our law school’s Journal of International Law & Policy, is sponsoring its annual daylong symposium a week from Friday, March 13, in the Moot Courtroom. As you’ll see at there’s a great lineup of speakers on “Overhauling International Dispute Resolution: Challenges & Potential Solutions to International Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century.” Thanks to Professors Andrea K. Bjorklund and Afra Afsharipour, both CILC Faculty Councilmembers, for their hard work as faculty advisors!

“Darfur Today”:

Wednesday, March 11, from 12 noon-1p.m. in the Moot Courtroom, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah, Darfuri physician and human rights laureate, will speak on his experiences in Darfur, a conflict-ridden region of Sudan, and his hopes for peace and reconciliation. More info is available at As you’ll see at that link, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed’s visit is the cornerstone of a unique partnership between our law school’s California International Law Center at King Hall (CILC), and the D.C.-based Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, whose Human Rights Director, Monika Kalra Varma, is a King Hall alumna. Many thanks to cosponsoring student organizations – Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, International Law Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Students Association, and Muslim Law Students Association. And sorry for conflicts between this and other events. This is our guest’s only public appearance in California, and it was the only time he could do it during his U.S. visit.

Inaugural Celebration of the California International Law Center at King Hall, UC Davis School of Law

The Inaugural Celebration of the California International Law Center at King Hall, UC Davis School of Law took place on Wednesday February 4, 2009 in the Wilkins Moot Courtroom.

It featured Dr. Clayborne Carson on “Global Vision & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Professor Diane Marie Amann, CILC Director

Professor of History and founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, and the editor of the King papers, Dr. Carson will talk from an international perspective about our namesake, who in 1964 became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and who later invoked international law to explain his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Event Cosponsors:
Black Law Students Association and the International Law Society


Commission of Inquiry Workshop

CILC cosponsored a two-day roundtable, January 16-17, 2009, to design recommendations for a commission to examine U.S. detention policies and practices after September 11, 2001. King Hall students Barbara Borkowski, Neta Borshansky, Monica L. Feltz, Agatha Panday, and Shuyan Phua served as rapporteurs, and CILC Director Diane Marie Amann gave opening remarks.

Other cosponsors:
Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, University of California, Davis
College of Letters & Sciences at the University of California, Davis
International Justice Network, New York
National Litigation Project, at Yale Law School