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The center hosts symposia that provide opportunities for dialogue and reflection upon human rights and justice issues. Recent symposia have included:

International Financial Institutions and Corporate Accountability

November 24, 2009

The Center for Law and Global Justice, International Law Students Association, and Accountability Counsel sponsored this two-hour program, which featured the founder of Accountability Counsel Natalie Bridgeman. Bridgeman conducted a training on the available mechanisms for holding international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and export promotion agencies to account for their social and environmental project commitments.

  • Natalie Bridgeman, Accountability Counsel

The Future of Corporate Accountability and Oversight

April 4, 2008

The Center for Law and Global Justice and the Journal of Law and Social Challenges hosted this symposium to explore corporate social responsibility and the extent to which this responsibility should be legally enforceable. Various stakeholders engaged in discussion, evaluating current law and policy and the future of private sector oversight.

Keynote Speaker:
  • Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, Calif. Supreme Court
Select Panelists:
  • Bennett Freeman, Former U.S. Deputy Asst. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Dr. Emeka Duruigbo, Professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Cindy Cohn, Senior Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Luis Fernando de Angulo, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Dan Henkle, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, The Gap
  • Monika Kalra Varma, Director, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center Human Rights

Human Rights and Academic Repression

April 14, 2007

In cooperation with UC Davis, the Scholars at Risk Network, the USF Human Rights Working Group, the McCarthy Center for Public Good, the Peace Review, and the Journal of Law and Social Challenges, the center explored human rights and academic repression at this 2007 symposium. The event considered the intersections-existing and potential —between international human rights standards and traditional understandings of academic freedom and institutional autonomy in the higher education sector. Guests from more than 20 countries participated in the weekend's events, including formerly threatened scholars from Belarus, D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Colombia, Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan. Keynote Speaker: Michael Young, President, University of Utah.

Select Panelists:
  • Taye Woldesmiate, Visiting Scholar (Ethiopia), Illinois State University
  • Felix Kaputu, Visiting Scholar (Democratic Republic of Congo), Harvard University
  • Charas Suwanwela, Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
  • Nozima Kamalova, Visiting Scholar (Uzbekistan)
  • Ratnajeevan Hoole, Visiting Scholar (Sri Lanka), Drexel University
  • Shayee Khanaka, Middle Eastern Collection Librarian, UC Berkeley
  • Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Visiting Scholar (Iran), Harvard University
  • Daniel Coronell, Visiting Scholar (Colombia), UC Berkeley
  • Vladimir Dounaev, First Vice-Rector, European Humanities University (Belarus/Lithuania)
  • Kees Bleichrodt, Director, Foundation for Refugee Students UAF (Netherlands)

The Domestic Response to Global Climate Change: Federal, State, and Litigation Initiatives

March 31, 2007

On March 31, 2007, the USF School of Law sponsored a symposium to showcase and evaluate domestic efforts to counter climate change, including federal and state initiatives. State initiatives that were discussed at the conference include California's controls on motor vehicle emissions, the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, and the Northeastern states' Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Federal initiatives that were considered include federal voluntary programs and national energy policy.

Keynote Speaker:
  • Cindy Tuck, Assistant Secretary for Policy, California EPA
Select Panelists:
  • Lisa Heinzerling, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Thomas Merrill, Professor, Columbia University School of Law
  • Ken Alex, Assistant Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office
  • Ellen Peter, Chief Counsel, California Air Resources Board
  • Theodore Boutrous Jr., Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • James Goldstene, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
  • Devra Wang, Director of California Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Invisible Chains: Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in the United States

February 3, 2006

In 2006, in conjunction with the Journal of Law and Social Challenges, the center hosted a symposium on human trafficking and forced labor. The United States is a receiving nation of trafficking victims and the state of California is one of the most heavily visited destinations for traffickers and their victims. At the symposium, participants discussed reform of U.S. and California legislation to combat trafficking and to provide services for the rehabilitation of trafficking victims, particularly sexually exploited women and children. Speakers included Congresswoman Lieber, attorneys involved in the prosecution of traffickers, and international groups providing aid to victims.

Select Panelists:
  • Kay Buck, Executive Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
  • Laurel Fletcher, Professor, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law
  • Kathleen Kim, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School (former project attorney for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights)
  • Michael Rubin, Partner, Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain