Conference on Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence

On May 14, 2019, legal scholars, practitioners, and specialists from around the world gathered at UC Berkeley’s School of Law for a conference supported by the DAAD grant to the Center for German and European Studies that aimed to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment. Berkeley Law professor David Oppenheimer organized the conference to explore creative solutions developed across the globe to address such problems, using the tools of comparative law. The conference included panel discussions on how the worldwide #MeToo movement has affected women’s lives around the world, and how resistance to the movement endangers its successes. It also included workshops on the role of the general counsel and board, workplace investigations, litigation, law reform, social media, the role of artists, harassment prevention, and harassment viewed through the lens of race, sexual orientation, disability, and class. Speakers included more than 60 professors, lawyers, journalists, and general counsel, including University of Michigan’s Catherine MacKinnon, UN Women’s Executive Coordinator, Purna Sen, and Saru Jayaraman, UC Berkeley’s Director of the Food Labor Research Center.