Our next conference, The Worldwide#MeToo Movement: Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence, will be held on May 14, 2019. For more information, please visit our 2019 conference website.



Presented by the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Sponsored by Fox Networks Group and The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Berkeley School of Law
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Listen to Catharine MacKinnon’s May 15th keynote presentation at The Globalization of the #MeToo Movement Conference at Berkeley Law:


Sexual harassment is a global problem. It is increasingly affecting the well-being of private and public employees and employers in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

What should California lawyers, managers and HR professionals know about the globalization of the sexual harassment crises? 
On May 15, 2018, legal scholars and legal practitioner experts from Europe, Asia, Australia and North America will gather at Berkeley Law to explore this important topic with California lawyers, managers and HR professionals.

Program topics will include:

  • A keynote address from Professor Catharine MacKinnon, the pioneer of sexual harassment law;
  • Presentation by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, a pioneer of critical race theory and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and UCLA;
  • A Critical Look at the Current State of the Law, with reports from Australia, China, the EU, India, and the US;
  • New developments in anti-harassment workplace policies, training, and investigations;
  • A discussion of Social Media & Due Process in the US, France and India;
  • A discussion on protecting vulnerable workers, addressing issues of intersectionality;
  • A presentation on innovations in legislation in New York, California, France, Australia and India; and
  • A round-table on strategies for change with elected officials.

Business and organizational leaders and attorneys (this course has been approved for 6.75 hours of MCLE credit, which includes 1 hour of elimination of bias credit) who want to learn how sexual harassment may be impacting their organizations and the latest strategies for creating a safe and inclusive work environment.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

8:30 am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 am Introductions

Ann Noel

David Oppenheimer

9:15 am Panel 1A Critical Look at the Current State of the Law Globally

Australia (Natasha DeSilva), China (Lining Zhang), France (Marie Mercat-Bruns), India (Shreya Atrey), Italy (Costanza Hermanin) and the US. (Jessica Clarke). Thirty minutes of Q & A.

Chair: David Oppenheimer

10:15 am COFFEE
10:30 am Panel 2: A Critical Look at Anti-Harassment Workplace Policies, Training, and Investigations.

  • What Makes for an Effective or Ineffective Anti-Harassment Policy?  (Rita Tuzon)
  • A Critical Look at Mandated Training Standards (Lauren Edelman)  
  • Effective Anti-Harassment Training (Stephen Anderson)
  • Effective/Ineffective Workplace Investigations:  Some Suggested Guidelines (Tina Ro-Connolly)
  • The view of training and investigation from Europe (Costanza Hermanin) & Australia (Paula McDonald)

Chair: Ann Noel

11:45 am  COFFEE
12:00 pm Panel 3: Social Media & Due Process: Four brief presentations (7 – 10 minutes each), followed by small group discussions over lunch (45 minutes)

  • “Balance Tons Porc” (Name Your Pig) (France – Marie Mercat-Bruns)
  • “Shitty Media Men” (U.S. – Nancy Leong)
  • #MeToo Movement in (India – Shreya Atrey)
  • Social Media in China (Lining Zhang)

Chair: Nancy Leong

 1:30 pm Keynote Presentation on Global Sexual Harassment

Keynote Speaker, Catharine MacKinnon, Professor of Law, University of Michigan and Harvard Law School

2:30 pm Panel 4: Protecting Vulnerable Workers, Addressing Issues of Intersectionality

  • Farmworkers (Senator Bill Monning)
  • Janitors (Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher)
  • Restaurant Workers (Evelyn Rangel-Medina)
  • Protecting Workers Through Collective Bargaining Agreements (Christopher Platten)
  • Gender Minorities and Workers Harassed for Multiple, Intersectional Bases, such as race and sexual orientation (Peter Dunne and Kimberlé Crenshaw)

Chair: Karen O’Connell

3:30 pm  COFFEE
3:45 pm Panel 5:  Strategies for Change:  

A conversation with Noreen Farrell interviewing California legislators and international activists on strategies for change: 

  • CA Senator Hannah Beth Jackson
  • CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
  • Karen O’Connell (Australia).

Chair: Noreen Farrell

4:45 pm Group Discussion: What have we learned? What should we do next?
 5:30 pm Adjournment & Reception

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