The Center organizes presentations, conferences and other events on cutting-edge issues regarding how law develops and operates in a globalized world.

Image from March 20 GLAS workshop
  • Artistic Freedom Around the World, April 13, 2017
    Meeting of Experts:
    Artistic expression is under threat worldwide. Authoritarian governments jail cartoonists for sedition, lock up poets and painters for blasphemy, prosecute rappers for insulting the state, and illegally censor filmmakers. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye– the UN’s principal monitor for freedom of expression worldwide – is launching a new effort to revive the protections guaranteed to artistic expression in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In order to launch this new initiative, the Special Rapporteur and the Artistic Freedom Center (AFC) will convene a workshop to examine the definitions, standards, and human rights law pertaining to artistic freedom of expression, identify the key threats, and collect stories of artists’ experiences on the ground. More details >
    Reception: Artistic Freedom Center is pleased to host a reception honoring the participants in the Meeting of Experts “Artistic Freedom around the World: Challenges, Standards & Definitions”. This inaugural event – hosted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye, and co-sponsored by the Artistic Freedom Center and the University of California, Irvine, School of Law – will serve as the genesis of future investigations, collaborations, government communications, and action to protect artistic freedom of expression. Join members of Los Angeles’ artistic community, local elected officials and Artistic Freedom Center President James Prince at the Marc Selwyn Fine Art Gallery for a cocktail reception featuring special guest Bassem Youssef, “The Jon Stewart of Egypt”. More details >

  • ILS Panel: The Trump Administration and its Impacts on International Law and Foreign Relations, April 6, 2017

    How has the new administration affected life beyond U.S. borders? What actions are other governments taking in response to these effects? How are U.S. relations changing with traditional allies and long-standing enemies? Please join us on April 6th at noon to hear UCI Law’s international law experts Professor David Kaye, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor Gregory Shaffer, and Professor Christopher Whytock discuss these questions, among other topics, related to the international legal landscape since President Trump took office. The event is co-hosted by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society and the International Law Society. 12:00–1:00 PM, Law 3750. RSVP here >

  • Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Cuba, March 23, 2017
    Hosted by the UCI Law International Justice Clinic, GLAS, and the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights, this discussion will address the struggles for freedom of expression in Cuba, moderated by Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and featuring Berta Soler from Ladies in White, and Roberto de Jesus Guerra from Hablemos Press. 4:00–5:30 PM, MPAA 120. Open to the public. Details >

  • Book Talk with David Sloss, March 9, 2017
    Professor David Sloss (Santa Clara University School of Law) will discuss his new book, The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional Change. Details >
  • GLAS Workshop: China and International Economic Law and Institutions, February 2-3, 2017
    This workshop, supported by the UCI Law Center on Globalization, Law, and Society, and the UCI Long US-China Institute, brings together leading scholars with original work that addresses, from different perspectives, the impact of China on international economic law and institutions, and the impact of international law and institutions in China. Details >
  • World Indigenous Law Conference, Oct. 19-22, 2016
    The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October in North America for the first time. This international forum aims to gather Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. This third such international law convening will focus on Indigenous Peoples’ legal issues, rights and strategies. Details >
  • Tim Sellers: Law, Reason, and Emotion, Sept. 22, 2016
    GLAS visiting scholar and Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland, Sellers will discuss law, reason, emotion, justice, legitimacy and effectiveness as they relate to one another and to the power and purposes of law. Co-sponsored by the Legal Philosophy Colloquium. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Event Details and Abstract >
  • Constitution-Making as Transnational Practice, Sept. 9-10, 2016
    Co-hosted by the ABF’s Center on Law and Globalization, this conference/symposium will bring together leading scholars and policymakers from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and South Asia on constitution making. They will address the actors, networks, norms and processes in constitution making from a transnational and comparative perspective, examining constitution making in every region of the world. Details >
  • Workshop on Legal Pluralism, Aug. 26, 2016, UC Irvine
    Organized under the aegis of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and UC Irvine School of Law, the objective of the workshop is to facilitate a dialogue between North America-based scholars working in the field of legal pluralism. The meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary group of 12–14 experts to explore topics in non-state law and its relation to the state, based on working papers of the participants.
  • UC Irvine Annual China Conference: Poor China/Rich China: Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality, May 13, 2016, UC Irvine School of Law
    Rising China is imagined as a land of success, where living standards have shot up in a short space of time, and where a new middle class now thrives. This conference does something different: it examines two polar sides of the wealth spectrum, and asks: Why and how did the country’s economic reform produce a new rich and a new poor? Details >
  • Environmental Governance and Management in the Arctic, April 22, 2016, The University Club at UC Irvine
    The changing state of the Arctic Ocean is opening up the region to new interests and added stressors, creating new challenges for marine resource management in the Arctic. Building on a January 2015 conference on Arctic governance, this roundtable brings together national and international Arctic experts to discuss existing and emerging issues in Arctic marine governance. A lunchtime presentation on “Why the Arctic Matters” by Honorable Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, is open to the public. Details >
  • Baby Markets Congress, April 1-3, 2016
    This international meeting brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, policy-makers, civil society advocates, journalists, activists, and others to explore the shifts in family-making, reflecting trends in single- and same-sex parenting as well as the ways in which heteronormativity constructs legal and social norms in child custody, child-rearing, and family planning. Details >
  • Jordan Paust, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12 noon, LAW 3500H
    The Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the Law Center of the University of Houston is a scholar of international law, human rights, and national security law. He will discuss “Human Rights Law as Law of the United States.”
  • Southern California International Law Workshop, February 19, 2016
  • Long Institute Distinguished Lecture by James Fallows, Monday, Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m., Room EDU 1111, UCI Law
    The renowned writer and commentator spoke on “Is it Time to Reassess Our Relationship With China?” Details >
  • Global Justice Summit 2016, Friday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m., UC Irvine Student Center
    Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, UC Irvine School of Humanities, is the featured speaker, on Politics and History of China Conflicts. Details >
  • Corporate Responsibility in the Information and Technology Sector, January 25-26, 2016, UC Irvine, MPAA Executive Commons. Organized by Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, this workshop brings together about 20 people, largely from the NGO space, to brainstorm what we expect will be a major and possibly defining project of the special rapporteurship over the coming years. Discussion will be extended to the specific space of ICT—social media, search, ISPs, telcos, surveillance industry, etc.
  • Public Conference on Freedom of Expression. Jan. 22–24, 2016, UC Irvine and USC. Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, this conference looks at the changing parameters of freedom of expression in a rapidly shifting world. Speakers include renowned political activists, scholars and journalists, including Edward Snowden via Google Hangout. Events at UCI Law include a Cartoonists’ Roundtable at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and a discussion of “The Law and the Changing Parameters of Free Expression,” featuring UCI Law Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, 11:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Details >
  • “The Sophistication of a Primitive Legal System: International Law’s Curious Neglect in Analytic Jurisprudence,” presented by Robert D. Sloane, Boston University School of Law, at UC Irvine Law, Reason and Value colloquium (co-sponsored by the School of Humanities). Nov. 19, 2015
  • Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Theorizing Transnational Legal Ordering,” presented by Gregory Shaffer, UCI Law, November 13, 2015. Details >
  • Long Institute Lecture: “Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Energy in China, Germany, and the United States,” presented by Jonas Nahm, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Nov. 5, 2015
  • Dialogue+Screening: Miners Shot Down, Oct. 22, 2015. Pre-screening dialogue with director Rehad Desai, Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and Professor Frank B. Wilderson III. Co-sponsored by GLAS and UCI School of Humanities. Details >
  • Who Cares? Workshop on the Economies, Technologies and Ethics of Aid, October 1-2, 2015. Flier (PDF) >
  • Department of Commerce Patent and Trade Office Workshop on Patent Management and Protection in China, May 21, 2015 Details >
  • Journal Symposium: Transnational Legal Orders for Private Law and Business Regulation, May 13-14, 2015 Details >
  • Comparing China: Hopes and Fears of a Rising Power, April 27, 2015 Details >
  • Asian Law Academy, a two-day series of CPD Accredited workshops for lawyers with an Asian dimension to their practice seeking to learn more about current legal developments. Presented by Asia Desk Forum, with UCI Law Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow as co-leader, April 15-16, 2015 in Victoria, Canada. Details >
  • The ICC and the Inter-American Court in Colombia, presented by Alexandra Huneeus of University of Wisconsin Law School, April 16, 2015 Details >
  • International Trade & Investment Law: Comparisons, Empirical Studies, New Technologies, Public Policy, March 20, 2015
    This workshop will explore topics in international investment and trade law and their potential interface based on working papers of participants. Details >
  • China’s New Environmental Actors: Roundtable, March 19, 2015 Details >
  • The State of Legal Education and Legal Profession Regulation in Japan Today, presented by Colin Jones of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. March 11, 2015, 12 noon, LAW 3500.
  • Long Institute Lecture: Victor Shih on Chinese Debt: Is it Sustainable?, March 5, 2015 Details >
  • Global Justice Summit, January 30-31, 2015
    Drafting of new constitution for Soma nation (experiential simulation of negotiations for new constitution), held every year with different fact situation and different speakers. 2015 speakers were Professor Wayne Sandholtz, USC Department of Political Science and Law School, and Professor Paula Garb, UCI Center for Global Peacemaking.
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  • China 20/20 Looking Forward Roundtable, February 19, 2015
    This three-part Expert Speaker Series will explore China’s changing dynamics. How will the country look over the next 20 years? Details >
  • Long Institute Distinguished Lecture by Jerome Cohen: Xi Jinping’s Rule of Law at Home and in the World, February 23, 2015 Details >