Building on a tradition that dates to its founding four decades ago, the University of California, Davis, School of Law, under the leadership of Dean Kevin R. Johnson, an ASIL member, has launched the California International Law Center at King Hall, http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/cilc/. CILC (pronounced "silk") fosters the international, comparative, and transnational work of faculty, students, and alumni, with particular focus on California's role as a global actor.
In keeping with this mission, CILC (pronounced "silk") sponsors a speakers' series and supports law school events. Examples:
- Fenwick & West-sponsored TESLAW symposium, "CleanTech in the New 'Environmental' Environment," on November 6, 2009, http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/events/fenwickwest/cleantech-home.html; and
- Law Review symposium, "The Asian Century?", on February 26, 2010, http://lawreview.law.ucdavis.edu/index.php, organized by Professor Anupam Chander, a member of the ASIL Annual Meeting Program Committee.
Also key are partnerships:
- As an Academic Partner of the American Society of International Law, CILC hosted the Second Annual Northern California International Law Scholars Roundtable, on September 11, 2009. Earlier, the law school had helped host the California Leadership Tour of ASIL President Lucy Reed and Executive Director Betsy Andersen. ASIL-West, for which Professor Andrea K. Bjorklund serves as a Co-Chair, cosponsored both events.
- CILC and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights are partners in a Darfur Project on transitional justice, part of RFK's regional approach to conflicts in the Sudan-Chad region.
Affiliated with the center are the law school's clinics on civil rights, family protection, immigration, and prison law; student organizations and the Journal of International Law & Policy, and a number of LL.M, foreign exchange, visiting scholars, and summer programs.
CILC Director is Professor Diane Marie Amann, a Vice President of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools. The inaugural CILC Fellow is Kathleen A. Doty '08, member of a Jessup Moot Court team that advanced to international rounds in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, law clerk to the Honorable Alexa D.M. Fujise, Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals.
Inspiring us is the law school's namesake, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 1964 Nobel Peace Prizewinner who posed this question:
As we move to make justice a reality on the international scale, as we move to make justice a reality in this nation, how will the struggle be waged?