Panel Discussion
Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM | 223 Moses Hall


Alan Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law. Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance.
Helena Malikowa, EU Fellow at IES, UC Berkeley, Case manager, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at the Haas Business School and at the Department of Economics. Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 2011-12.
Gabriel Zucman, Assistant Professor of Economics, author of the book “The Hidden Wealth of Nations: the scourge of tax heavens”.
Chair: Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and former   chief economist at the FTC (2009-12) and at DOJ (2000-2001).

The 9th China economic Summer Institute has taken place in Hong Kong from August 18 to August 20.
Please go to to see the program and the working papers that were presented.
The objective of CESI is to create a network and community of top level scholars working on Chinese economic development..
The CESI is currently co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center on Institutions and Governance, the Initiative on Global Markets at Chicago Booth, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. The Summer Institute is organized in collaboration with the BREAD, CEPR and NBER networks of academic economists.

President Obama vowed to close the operation during the 2008 presidential campaign, but the facility remains in operation. 

A panel of experts including former advisers in Bush and Obama’s administrations will discuss the American prison camp at Guantanamo, Cuba and address the questions of should and will the facility be shuttered.

Information about the participants:

Alberto Mora has held different positions with the U.S. State Department during the Bush administration and as the General Counsel of the Navy. Beginning in 2001 he led efforts in the Department of Defense to oppose Bush administration legal theories that allowed harsh interrogation tactics at Guantanamo.

Ashika Singh was Obama’s Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, Political-Military Affairs. She has been involved in the current plan of the Pentagon to close Guantanamo. She will discuss the feasibility of the plan.

Adam Thurschwell has been General Defense Counsel at the Military Commission in Guantanamo since 2008.  He is in charge of defending individuals prosecuted in the Guantanamo Bay military commissions. He will provide some insights from ongoing prosecutions including the 9/11 case.

Jess Bravin is a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and author of “The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay” (Yale, 2013). He won several prizes for the coverage of the International Criminal Court and the legal response to 9/11.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 17:00 - 19:00

"The Egyptian Uprising of January 2011 was a bold moment in Egyptian history and its initial success led many to label that moment an "Arab Spring". Many things that followed did not go as imagined or planned. The election of an Islamist president, the issuing of several irregular presidential decrees, the deteriorating security situation in Sinai and the country, the intervention of the military, and finally his overthrow in another popular uprising were a few of the major events in Egypt in the immediate years that followed the first uprising, The speakers in this panel, all academics who are also public intellectuals, will provide an assessment of the current situation in Egypt following the second uprising of 2013 and the repercussions  of current regime's policies and the general conditions in Egypt today."

Nezar AlSayyad
Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban History, University of California at Berkeley
Faculty Director of Center for Arab Societies and Environments Studies, University of California at Berkeley


"The Egyptian Revolution: A People’s Quest for Collective Sovereignty”
Khaled Fahmy
Professor of History, The American University in Cairo
Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History, Harvard University

“Ridiculing Politics in Egypt: Understanding the Military Autocracy in Egypt”
Amr Hamzawy
Professor of Political Science, Cairo University
Visiting Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 17:00 - 19:00

Here is the link to the video of the panel on Paris attacks


In the wake of the Paris attacks, the panel  will  take a step back to come up with some analysis and suggestions.

We have lined up some of the best specialists in UC Berkeley campus and in France:

Soraya Tlatli, French Department, UCB

Jean-Pierre Filiu, Sciences Po, Paris

Sabah Mahmood, Anthropology, UCB

Christopher Kutz, Berkely law school

Bartolomeo Conti, EHESS, Paris

Hatem Bazian, Ethnic Studies, UCB

Judith Buttler, Comparative Litterature, UCB

Tyler Stovall of UCSC will be the moderator.

The panel will take place at Booth Auditorium (Berkely School of Law) from 5:00 to 7:00PM.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:00 - 13:45

















After Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st century” Gabriel Zucman’s  book : “The Hidden Wealth of Nations” is the next major contribution to the analysis of growing income inequality in the world.

Gabriel Zucman, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeleyhas found a way to measure the dramatic increase of tax evasion by studying the difference between the financial liabilities around the world and the reported financial assets. He has discovered that if you add up all the world’s reported liabilities they are about $6 trillions higher than the reported assets. The missing assets have been hidden in tax havens countries

After quantifying the problem, Gabriel Zucman suggests different solutions:  a central global register of the owners of the world’s wealth,  a taxation system for companies based on real factors like where the sales or employees are,  imposing tariffs or similar sanctions on tax havens that resist reform.

The book has been translated in more than 15 countries. It has been reviewed by most of the famous newspapers in the world (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Guardian, etc.) and recommended by prominent economist such as Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman. 

September 20, 2015 - September 21, 2015

An Interdisciplinary International Conference
Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Co-Organized By:

The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy and The Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;
The Judging Faith Project at UC Berkeley;
International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO)

The question to what extent religious beliefs should be accommodated in liberal, secular democratic societies that are increasingly multicultural and multi-religious, has become a paramount one. Traditionally, the practice of conscientious objection arose in the context of individuals refusing to bear arms in a military conflict or to serve in the armed forces, and was rooted in the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion as protected by national, international and regional human rights law. Under the current predicament, however, the claimed space for religious exceptions has become much wider and diverse, as the right to religious objection is most frequently invoked in conflicts implicating abortion, assisted reproduction techniques, contraception, LGBT equality, and same-sex marriage. Moreover, while traditional invocations of conscientious objection were aimed at protecting minority views (such as pacifism) and minority religious practices, today religious exceptions are often invoked in the name of traditional religious views to thwart the implementation of laws intended to advance the equality of marginalized groups and of minorities, (e.g. refusals to serve others on the ground of their sexual orientation).

The 8th China Economics Summer Institute (CESI) has taken place between August 19 and 21 and 2015.

February 6, 2015

Ten years ago, Syriza obtained just 4% of the vote in Greek elections. Recently, the leftwing party took control of the country under the charismatic leadership of Alexis Tsipras. Tsipra’s impressive election victory and his decision to build an anti-austerity government in coalition with the rightwing populist Independent Greeks Party sent shockwaves through Europe. What impact is to be expected for Greece and for Europe in general? Can this government keep Greece in the EURO-Zone and does it really want to? How will it deal with the social challenges Greece is facing? Will the success of Syriza galvanize the extreme left all over Europe and put pressure on the EU economic policies? And what to think of the fact that the Russian ambassador to Greece was the first foreign diplomat welcomed by Prime Minister Tsipras? Will the new Greek government be committed to NATO and the EU foreign policy?

These and other questions will be discussed in a Rapid Response Debate with three experts:

Gérard Roland is E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science. He is a leading expert on questions dealing with the EU economy and EU politics.

Christos H. Papadimitriou is C. Lester Hogan Professor of EECS. He is a native from Greece and well informed on the complexities of Greek politics and society.

Eleftherios Mikros is an LL.M. Candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He is a native of Greece and expert on social issues like immigration, education and human rights in Greece.

The debate will be moderated by Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies.

It will take place on February 6 from noon to 1:30 PM at 223 Moses Hall and is co-organized by the Institute of European Studies and the Center on Institutions and Governance at the Institute of International Studies.

February 4, 2015
Panel Discussion
Robert Alter, Founding Director, Center for Jewish Studies 
Hatem Bazian, Department of Near Eastern Studies
Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies
Marion Fourcade, Department of Sociology
Saba Mahmood, Department of Anthropology
Edward Wasserman, Dean of Graduate School of Journalism

Moderator: Tyler Stovall, Department of History

September 20, 2013 - September 21, 2013

How American and European courts confront the problem of reconciling secular democratic principles with increasingly assertive faith identities?

The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of distinguished judges, scholars and advocates to discuss the tensions between faith-based practices and secular ideals.

One of the most salient features of the new millennium is the assertiveness of religious faith in current and former secular states.  Nations and states are struggling to accommodate the claims of citizens who increasingly insist that their religious faith forms part of their public identities, and not merely their private consciences. The clash between faith-based practices and secular ideals has revolved centrally around issues of religious doctrine and symbols in public education, claims of bodily integrity and genital cutting, sexual equality versus gendered roles, animal rights and ritual butchering practices.  A new twist, however, to these conflicts, has been the deployment of religious liberty claims as speaking to the standing of communities in relation to the state, as opposed to the traditional frame of an individual right of conscience.

There are no easy practical or theoretical resolutions to these conflicts, given citizens’ firm anchors in faith, and Western (and Mediterranean) anchors in secularism.  While the tensions have been well explored in a burgeoning literature in the social sciences, their treatment in law has necessarily remained theoretically underdeveloped, since they are addressed case-by-case by judges.  Our goal is that initiating a series of conversations that cut both across disciplines, and within and without the courtroom will enrich both legal decision making and scholarship.

March 5, 2013

The results of the Italian elections have shaken financial markets all over the world.  As one of the largest economies in Europe, the Italian political system's deadlock threatens the Eurozone and the European Union.  Marco Leonardi is a Labor Economist at the University of Milan and an adviser of the Partito Democratico in Italy.  He will present his insights on the results of the Italian election and his proposals for how to make Italy more governable

Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation

The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California Edited by David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, US and Johan F.M. Swinnen, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and the Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium

US Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation features eleven original essays by leading academics of regulation on both sides of the Atlantic. They explore topics such as the impact of federalism on regulatory policies both within the US and Europe, the transatlantic dynamics of water policy, climate change, pesticide and chemical regulation, and biotechnology. A primary focus of this timely study is on the shifting roles of California and the EU as regulatory leaders and ITS impact on future regulatory cooperation across the Atlantic. Contributors: A. Alemanno, C. Ansell, J. Balsiger, G. Bouleau, C. Busch, B.E. Cain, A.E. Carlson, I. Clark, D. Farber, M. Hanemann, C.G. Hioureas, G. Hochman, K. Klein, G.M. Kondolf, A. Marx, A.C.M. Meuwese, G.C. Rausser, H. Riss, M.R. Schwarzman, J.F.M. Swinnen, D. Vogel, M.P. Wilson, D.E. Winickoff, J. Wouters, D. Zilberman

May 6, 2011 - May 7, 2011

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UC Berkeley, May 6-7th, 2011
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (near Café Strada)

Friday May 6 th, 2011
8:30-8:45 AM: Opening Remarks: Heddy Riss, Olivier Roy, David Lieberman.
8:45-10:15: Religious Norms and Public Spheres: The Challenge     
Chair: David Lieberman
Olivier Roy: “Muslim Democrats vs. European Populists”
Silvio Ferrari: “A European Perspective”
Peter Danchin: “Islam in the Secular Nomos of the European Court of Human Rights"

10:15-10:30:  Break


Vote World is a central website which archives, maintains, and distributes datasets of roll-call voting from legislative bodies throughout the international community.
The nucleus of the website contains data for the United States House of Representative and Senate (assembled by Keith Poole of Houston and Howard Rosenthal of Princeton), from the European Parliament (assembled by Simon Hix of LSE, Abdul Noury of ULB and Gerard Roland from UC Berkeley), and from the United Nations (assembled by Erik Voeten).