Andrew Guzman

Suddenly Europe’s far right loves human rights courts

Andrew Guzman and Katerina Linos write for The Huffington Post Blog, July 8, 2014

We see no perfect solution to the problem of human rights backsliding. This is not good news, but it is surely better to recognize the risk than to ignore it. Turning a blind eye to the potential for backsliding and assuming that international agreements and courts can only lead to improved human rights is surely more dangerous than acknowledging the fact that reality is more complex.

International law programs prepare students for a global career

Andrew Guzman cited in U.S. News & World Report, May 14, 2014

A school that’s invested in training students for international law will likely offer a variety of courses within this topic, experts say. At Berkeley, students can take classes such as public international law, human rights and humanitarian law, international trade, international investment law or myriad other classes, Guzman says. It all depends on what kind of law career they want to have and their interests.

UC Berkeley School of Law to offer its first interactive online course

Andrew Guzman and Susan Gluss quoted in The Daily Californian and The Wallstreeter, April 8, 2014

“The material (will be) analogous to a physical classroom and in many ways will resemble the same classes one would expect to take at Boalt,” said professor Andrew Guzman, associate dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law’s advanced degree program, who was deeply involved in the project’s development. “However, the form in which it is done will be quite different.”

“Online education is new and still developing, and the field is changing quickly. We don’t know yet how extensive our program might be,” said Susan Gluss, a spokesperson for the law school, in an email. “But we do know that online education has the potential to greatly increase access to education. It’s a tool to help us reach new students in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Obama and Congress must fight climate change like they do terrorism

Andrew Guzman writes for The Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2013

The word “tax” is taboo in this Congress, at least in the House. But a carbon tax should be welcomed because it gets directly at the problem, carbon. It will change behavior—from consumers to businesses—without restrictive or cumbersome regulation. It will reduce the use of fossil fuels, encourage the development of renewables, and generate revenue that can be used to reduce the deficit, fund other programs, or be reimbursed to the public.

$1.63 billion Toyota class-action settlement near

Andrew Bradt quoted in Orange County Register, June 24, 2013 (registration required)

“It is certainly a very large settlement for this sort of case,” said Andrew Bradt, assistant professor of law and an expert on complex and multi-district litigation at the University of California, Berkeley…. “Toyota had advanced potentially viable defenses here, but what it signals is that rather than face the uncertainty of litigation, it made the most economic sense for them to obtain closure through the settlement.”

The dangers of climate chanage

Andrew Guzman interviewed by Current TV, The War Room, June 20, 2013

“There’s a sense that people have that climate change is a scientific topic, which obviously it is, but it’s also a social topic; how we respond to it is something that economists and law scholars look at all the time.”

The heat is on; can we turn it off?

Andrew Guzman quoted in Men’s Health, May 24, 2013

“Eventually, in this century, a very large share of [glaciers and snowpack] will shrink to the point of no longer being of value as water-storage tools. For the first time in human history you have cut off that water supply, or at least dramatically diminished its value. More flooding in wet periods. More drought in dry periods. California’s going to have a water crisis by 2050.”

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

Andrew Guzman quoted in Grist, May 9, 2013

“We know where people go when they lose their land: They go to cities, and they go to refugee camps,” Guzman says. “So the Bangladeshi cities that remain are going to be overrun and crumbling. Just think of the sewage system alone.” Lest you think no one has considered what might happen next, in recent years India has increased security along the border with Bangladesh…. “So how much violence are you prepared to use to keep that border secure? It’s not at all clear to me that the border can remain intact.”

Consumer climates: climate change and its political repercussions

Andrew Guzman’s book cited in The Nation, May 8, 2013

Guzman’s insights about the vulnerabilities of states and societies to the competing needs of their populations expose the other major pressure point in the generally optimistic picture presented by the three agency reports: the mounting expectations of millions of new middle-class consumers in search of the goods and amenities promised by years of mass-market advertising and flamboyant political pronouncements.