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Kate Jastram in the news:

Syrian refugee family adapts to life in Oakland

Kate Jastram interviewed by KQED News, Dec. 21, 2015

The U.S. government screens Syrian refugees more thoroughly than almost anyone else applying to come into this country, and that process that can take years. That’s one reason that fears of Syrian refugees are misplaced. … “It’s not very likely that the enterprising terrorist is going to want to take that route to get to the U.S.,” says Jastram.

Former Afghan translator living in Bay Area finally reunited with family

Kate Jastram cited in San Jose Mercury News, December 4, 2014

The family now can stay in the country for one year as they apply for asylum. Kate Jastram, a UC Berkeley law professor and refugee law expert, will act as the supervising attorney on their case.

What makes someone a refugee?

Kate Jastram quoted in The Altantic, July 29, 2014

For most people, the colloquial sense “refugee” carries a greater moral weight than “immigrant.” “Particularly because refugee law grew out of the Second World War and what happened—and didn’t happen—for people who were trying to flee for their lives, there is a tremendous moral connotation to the word ‘refugee,’” Jastram said.

UN official calls for assistance to Palestinian refugees in Syria

Kate Jastram quoted in The Daily Californian, November 5, 2013

Kate Jastram … said the institute asked Grandi to speak in an effort to raise awareness of “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.”

In waging cyber war, battlefield becomes blurred

Kate Jastram quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, Dot.Commentary, June 10, 2012

Kate Jastram, a lecturer in residence at UC Berkeley Law School, doesn’t think the U.S. action qualifies as an armed attack. But she does think Stuxnet and similar efforts demand a re-evaluation of questions surrounding the traditional rules of war, such as: What level of damage from a cyber attack constitutes a use of force or armed attack? What’s a proportional response, and how sure should we be of the source of an attack before we can respond?

Kate Jastram Examines Rules of Cyber Warfare

PRI’s The World, November 29, 2011 by Matthew Brunwasser

“My sense is that its more like the wild west out there,” said Kate Jastram, from the UC Berkeley Law School. “So I think it’s really critical as we move into cyber operations that we are clear about what boundaries are going to be put around this activity.”

Kate Jastram Discusses Australian Refugee Law

The Australian Financial Review, September 24, 2010 by James Eyers (Link no longer active. Go to G:\Law School in the News\News Clips for article)

A professor of law at the University of California in Berkeley, Kate Jastram, said governments had been unwilling to distinguish between forced migrants and those moving voluntarily. “There is a conflation of asylum seekers, terrorists, and a whole category of other persons, which is not helpful and doesn’t lead to good policy choices,” she said.