California International Law Center
2013 UC HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS
Imron Bhatti '14 | Accountability Counsel in Delhi, India
Anita Mukherji '14 | East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, San Francisco
2013 JOHN PAUL STEVENS PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOW
Elizabeth Ballart '14 | Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
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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).
Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University
Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University
Author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent
PhD, Physics, UC Davis
Strategy & Communications Consultant, The Partnership for a New American Economy
Vice President for Global Trade Issues, National Foreign Trade Council
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.
This event is also co-sponsored by the Journal of International Law & Policy and the King Hall IP Law Association.
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.
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.
This event is cosponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS). For additional information, pleast contact Uyen P. Le at email@example.com.
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.
This event is cosponsored by the California Environmental Law & Policy Center (CELPC). For more information, please contact Uyen P. Le at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
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.
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