Mary Ann Mason: Achieving Equality for Women

Mary Ann Mason

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley's Mary Ann Mason for a discussion of the evolution of the women's movement. In the conversation, Professor Mason, the first woman dean of the graduate division at Berkeley, discusses her career as a historian, lawyer, and university official. She explains her focus on the family and its importance as an indicator of both changes in society and the status of women. Recalling her efforts at the University of California to generate data to understand the condition of women in the academy, she highlights the tools at her disposal to...

Luc Walleyn: Humanitarian Law

Luc Walleyn

Belgian human rights lawyer Luc Walleyn discusses the evolution of human rights law in the European Union and the implications of universal jurisdiction for international law.

Keywords: War Crimes; Humanitarian Law

Linda Greenhouse: Reflections on the Supreme Court

Linda Greenhouse

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse. They discuss Roe v.Wade, the Guantanamo decisions, and her biography of Justice Harry Blackmun. Reflecting on her thirty year career covering the Supreme Court, she analyzes the internal dynamics of the Court and reflects on the Supreme Court's relations with other branches of government.

Key Words: Supreme Court, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties

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