Laurent Cohen-Tanugi: Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Laurent Cohen-Tanugi for a discussion of globalization and its impact on the geopolitics of the 21st century. Because of the interface between globalization and geopolitics, Cohen-Tanugi argues that there is a resurgence of the global struggle for power not its demise. In the conversation, Cohen-Tanugi reflects on the relative decline of the West, the failure to integrate the Islamic world, and the emergence of new centers of power such as China and India. He also analyzes the major challenges to global order and...

William K. Coblentz: What Made California Great

William K. Coblentz

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes attorney and civic leader William K. Coblentz for a discussion of his distinguished career. Coblentz defines the liberal values that guide his legal practice and his civic leadership. He recalls his formative years, his legal representation of important rock 'n roll figures, his work with Governor Pat Brown, his service on the University of Calfornia Board of Regents, and his work in the philanthropic sector. He compares the leadership of Governors Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan and analyzes the rise and decline of California. He concludes with...

Tom Farer: International Law and Human Rights

Tom Farer

Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Tom Farer discusses his work in human rights, international law, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler

Judge Shelton Henderson: Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement

Judge Shelton Henderson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Judge Thelton Henderson for a discussion of the U.S. civil rights movement and its implications for international law.

KEYWORDS: Civil Rights, Judges

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.


Daniel B. Rodriguez: Law Schools and the Changing Environment of the Legal Profession

Daniel B. Rodriguez

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean of the Northwestern Law School,for a discussion of the challenges facing law schools in a new economic environment. Tracing his intellectual journey, Dean Rodriguez discusses the changing nature of federalism and its interface with the law and with politics. He analyzes the job of law school dean describing its different constituencies and how a dean must balance the concerns of students, alumni, practicing attorneys, the bar associations and state government while meeting the challenges of a new economic...

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

Samantha Power: Chasing the Flame

Samantha Power

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Professor Samantha Power for a discussion of her new book, "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World." The conversation focuses on the lessons of De Mello's life for understanding the challenges confronting world order in the 21st century.

Key Words: Law, United Nations, Diplomacy, Humanitarian...

Ronald M. George: The Judiciary

Ronald M. George

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ronald M. George, former Chief Justice of California. Reflecting on his years of public service, Chief Justice George traces his intellectual journey and offers his thoughts on
the qualities of thinking and temperament that characterize judicial deliberation. He argues for both decisional independence and institutional independence if the judiciary is to perform its role in a democracy as a co-equal branch of government. Recalling his efforts as head of the California Judicial Council to reorganize the state court system, he identifies

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...