GLAS Activities

The Center organizes presentations, conferences and other events on cutting-edge issues regarding how law develops and operates in a globalized world. Below are events for the 2019-2020 academic year.

2021-2022 Events

Past Events

  • Diego Gil McCawley, "The Bureaucratization of Neoliberal Reforms: A Case Study of Chile's Housing Law and Policy," May 4, 2018
    The Teaching Fellow for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School will discuss the hegemony of neoliberal regimes in the developing world. A joint presentation with the UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Series.
  • A. Claire Cutler, The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract, April 19, 2018
    The Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria will discuss her edited volume focusing on the emergence and operation of new forms of governance that are developing through a variety of transnational contractual practices, institutions, and laws in multiple sectors and areas of economic activity. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Law 3750. Details >
  • David Kinley, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights, April 3, 2018
    The Professor of Human Rights Law at The University of Sydney will discuss his 2018 book on the social function of finance and the ways that cooperation between finance and government may promote human rights and social justice. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Law 3500. Details >
  • Thomas R. Graham, "The WTO Appellate Body under Challenge," March 26, 2018
    The U.S. member of the WTO Appellate Body discussed the differences between U.S. and international views on dispute settlement and the current crisis at the Appellate Body.
  • Gregory Shaffer, "Legal Realism and International Law," March 22, 2018
    The GLAS Director and Chancellor's Professor of Law discussed his work in progress. A presentation of the Center for Legal Philosophy's Law, Reason, and Value Colloquium.
  • E.Y. Park, "Challenges, Pitfalls, and Strategies in International Arbitration," March 12, 2018
    Dr. E.Y. Park, Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration, will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, and strategies in international arbitration. Hosted by the Korea Law Center. Details >
  • Alec Stone Sweet, "Arbitral Lawmaking and State Power: An Empirical Analysis of Investor-State Arbitration," February 28, 2018
    The Professor of Law at National University of Singapore, will present his work as part of the UCI Law Intellectual Life Workshop series. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Law 3500.
  • David Trubek, "Emerging Economy Legal Professions in the Age of Globalization," February 8, 2018
    The Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Dean of International Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School discussed the Project on Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies (GLEE), analyzing the growth of the corportate legal complex in Brazil, India, and China and its impact on lawyers and society in each country. Details >
  • Reconceiving Trade Agreements for Social Inclusion, February 9-10, 2018
    The current multilateral trading system is under challenge. With the election of President Trump in the United States, and the steady rise of neo-nationalist parties in Europe, the new trade policy mantra is that trade must be made more inclusive. But how is that to be achieved? The traditional trade policy approach to trade and social policy is typically in two steps. In the first step, countries sign international trade agreements to combat protectionist pressures and thereby mutually enhance national welfare. In the second step, recognizing that trade creates “losers” as well as “winners,” countries support those harmed through domestic social policy. This workshop explored whether the traditional approach of calling for countervailing domestic policy is sufficient, and whether trade agreements must be redesigned to integrate, whether directly or indirectly, social policy concerns. It explored and critiqued different ways that this might be done, whether in trade agreements themselves, or in other agreements, so that domestic policy to address social and developmental needs are facilitated. Details >
  • Manoj Mate, "Global Solar Trade Wars," November 8, 2017
    Professor Manoj Mate, visiting scholar at Harvard Law School's East Asian Legal Studies program, presented his working paper, "Global Solar Trade Wars." Details >
  • Legal Strategies to Address Climate Change in the North American Arctic, October 27–28, 2017
    This roundtable, supported by the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), brought together a small number of leading attorneys, academics, and experts working on a range of issues concerning the U.S. and Canadian Arctic to assess potential legal strategies, including litigation as well as other advocacy techniques, to address the challenges of climate change in the region. The goals of the roundtable were to foster dialogue, advance knowledge, and develop practical policy solutions. Participants shared experiences and explored alternative strategies and recommendations, including indigenous perspectives, and examined opportunities for effective legal action.
  • The Globalization of Legal Education: A Critical Study, September 8-9, 2017
    In this joint symposium, GLAS and CERLP hosted leading international scholars to discuss issues concerning the globalization of legal education, with topics ranging from global hierarchies and the international movement of students and faculty, to legal education strategies in the Global South. Participant contributions will be published in a symposium edition of the UCI Journal of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law. Details >
  • 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) convened 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.  
  • 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? UCI Law’s international law experts Professor David Kaye, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor Gregory Shaffer, and Professor Christopher Whytock discussed these questions, among other topics, related to the international legal landscape since President Trump took office. The event was co-hosted by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society and the International Law Society. Video >
  • 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 addressed 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. Details >
  • Book Talk with David Sloss, March 9, 2017
    Professor David Sloss (Santa Clara University School of Law) discussed his new book, The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional ChangeDetails >
  • 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 U.S.-China Institute, brought 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, October 19-22, 2016
    The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and was 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 focused on Indigenous Peoples’ legal issues, rights, and strategies. Details >
  • Tim Sellers: Law, Reason, and Emotion, September 22, 2016
    GLAS visiting scholar and Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland, Sellers discussed 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. Event Details and Abstract >
  • Constitution-Making as Transnational Practice,September 9-10, 2016
    Co-hosted by the ABF’s Center on Law and Globalization, this conference/symposium brought together leading scholars and policymakers from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and South Asia on constitution making. They addressed the actors, networks, norms and processes in constitution making from a transnational and comparative perspective, examining constitution making in every region of the world. 
  • Workshop on Legal Pluralism, August 26, 2016
    Organized under the aegis of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and UC Irvine School of Law, the objective of the workshop was to facilitate a dialogue between North America-based scholars working in the field of legal pluralism. The meeting brought 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
    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 did something different: it examined two polar sides of the wealth spectrum, and asked: 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 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 brought together national and international Arctic experts to discuss existing and emerging issues in Arctic marine governance. The program included a lunchtime public lecture on “Why the Arctic Matters” by Honorable Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Details >
  • Baby Markets Congress, April 1-3, 2016
    This international meeting brought 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
    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 discussed “Human Rights Law as Law of the United States.”
  • Southern California International Law Workshop, February 19, 2016
  • Long Institute Distinguished Lecture by James Fallows, February 1, 2016
    The renowned writer and commentator spoke on “Is it Time to Reassess Our Relationship With China?” Details >
  • Global Justice Summit 2016, January 29, 2016
    Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, UC Irvine School of Humanities, was the featured speaker, on Politics and History of China Conflicts. Details >
  • Corporate Responsibility in the Information and Technology Sector, January 25-26, 2016
    Organized by Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, this workshop brought 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 extended to the specific space of ICT—social media, search, ISPs, telcos, surveillance industry, etc.
  • Public Conference on Freedom of Expression, January 22–24, 2016
    Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, this conference looked at the changing parameters of freedom of expression in a rapidly shifting world. Speakers included renowned political activists, scholars and journalists, including Edward Snowden via Google Hangout. Events at UCI Law included a Cartoonists’ Roundtable, 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. Details >
  • “The Sophistication of a Primitive Legal System: International Law’s Curious Neglect in Analytic Jurisprudence,” November 19, 2015
    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). 
  • Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Theorizing Transnational Legal Ordering,” November 13, 2015
    Presented by Gregory Shaffer, UCI Law. Details >
  • Long Institute Lecture: “Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Energy in China, Germany, and the United States,” November 5, 2015
    Presented by Jonas Nahm, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.
  • Dialogue+Screening: Miners Shot Down, October. 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, 2015Flier (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, April 15-16, 2015
    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, in Victoria, Canada. 
  • 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 explored 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, March 11, 2015. presented by Colin Jones of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 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. Details >
  • China 20/20 Looking Forward Roundtable, February 19, 2015
    This three-part Expert Speaker Series explored 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 >