International Law

Juan Guzman: Confronting Chile's History

Juan Guzman

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler and Juan Guzman, Chief judge, Court of Appeals, Santiago, Chile, discuss human rights and the Chilean justice system.


Stuart E. Eizenstat: Politics, Law, and the Search for 'Imperfect Justice

Stuart E. Eizenstat

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished public servant Stuart E. Eizenstat for a discussion of his career in politics and law and his new book, "Imperfect Justice," an account of his work as the President's envoy to solve the conundrum of reparations for Holocaust survivors.

Key Words: Law, International Law, U.S. Presidents, Human Rights, Reparations, Justice, Presidents

Stephen Holmes: America's Reckless Response To Terror

Stephen Holmes

America's Reckless Response To Terror - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes NYU law professor Stephen Holmes for a discussion of the Bush administration response to the 911 attack. He analyzes the motivations behind policies, examines the interplay between politics and ideas, and highlights the implications for American democracy. He also addresses the options available to the next President in confronting the tragic errors of the Bush administration.

Seyla Benhabib: Philosophic Iterations, Cosmopolitanism, and the 'Right to Rights'

Seyla Benhabib

Yale political theorist Seyla Benhabib is UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler's guest in a discussion of how political theory can further our understanding of globalization and its impact on the struggle for human rights.

Key Words: Theory, Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, Philosophers, International Law, Identity, Women Trailblazers, Political Scientists

Richard J. Goldstone: The Rule of Law

Richard J. Goldstone

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Justice Richard J. Goldstone for a discussion of the role of law in transitions to democracy, in the prosecution of war crimes, and in the enforcement of the rules of war in
the post 911 environment. Drawing on his experiences in South Africa, on his work as special prosecutor for the Bosnia and Rwanda tribunals, and for his leadership of the UN commission on the Gaza War, Justice Goldstone discusses the distinctive features of the South African transition, the ground breaking work that facilitated a breakthrough in the Bosnia conflict, and the...

Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Philippe Sands

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal...

Philip Bobbit: Law, Strategy and the Transformation of the State

Philip Bobbit

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Philip Bobbitt for a discussion of his book, The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History. Bobbitt explores the dynamic relationship between constitution and strategy and its consequences for the transformation of the state. In modern history, epochal wars are fought and then settlements reached that legitimate changes in the structure and form of the state, changes that emerged in the course of the conflict. Focusing on the case of twentieth century conflicts, Bobbitt explains how in this epoch--which lasted from the First World...

John Yoo: The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11

John Yoo

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley for a discussion of Presidential war powers. Professor Yoo analyzes the situation confronting the United States after the 911 attack and explains the development of the legal justifications for the Bush'administration's response. Topics addressed include the memorandum on torture, the interface between law and politics, secrecy and democracy, and the Bush legacy.

John Shattuck: Diplomacy and the Shaping of a Human Rights Agenda

John Shattuck

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes John Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Library Foundation, for a discussion of his career and work in the area of civil liberties and human rights.

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, U.S. Presidents

John Fabian Witt: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Evolution of American Law

John Fabian Witt

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Yale Law School Professor John Fabian Witt for a discussion of the craft of legal history. Topics covered include: understanding context in legal narratives; nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the evolution of civil liberties and tort law; and the importance of slavery, emancipation, and the established laws of nations in the making of Lincoln’s Code, a revolutionary change in U.S. laws of war. The conversation concludes with thoughts on how legal history could inform a discussion of the sharing economy’s impact on the law.

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