June 30, 2014 - July 2, 2014

The 7th China Economics Summer Institute (CESI) will take place at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Managment between June 30 and July 2nd 2014. The program can be downloaded here. The working papers of previous CESI workshops available at http://igov.berkeley.edu/china_workingpapers and at http://chinasummerinstitute.org.

The objective of CESI is to create a network and community of top level scholars working on Chinese economic development. This initiative is currently co-sponsored by UC Berkeley IGov - Institutions and Governance Program at the Institute for International Studies (with generous funding from the Ford Foundation), the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a joint program of the LICOS-Center for Institutions and Economic Performance at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Stanford - CASS REAP (Rural Education Action Program). The Summer Institute is organized in collaboration with the BREAD, NBER and CEPR networks of academic economists. 

The Summer Institute will bring together between 20 and 30 participants for a period of three days.  During the workshop, there will be seminar presentations and free time to allow scholars to interact and explore the possibility of doing joint research projects. Senior scholars who will attend will be available for consultations with junior scholars. Afternoon sessions will give the opportunity to a select group of young scholars and Ph. D students to present their work.

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


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