International & Comparative Law Program

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Who We Are – International and Comparative Law Program

Outstanding legal scholars and staff and diverse international visitors make UCLA Law a focal point for scholarship and interdisciplinary study in public and private international law and in comparative law.

Abou_El_FadlKhaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law, is one of the leading authorities in Islamic law in the United States and Europe. Among his many honors and distinctions, Dr. Abou El Fadl was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005.  He was previously appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch.


AchiumeTendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, pursues research and teaching in the areas of international human rights law, international refugee law, comparative immigration law, and international criminal justice. After graduating from Yale Law School she clerked for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Following her clerkships, she was awarded the Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work for the Refugee and Migrant Rights Project unit at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg. She also taught on the faculty of the International Human Rights Exchange Programme based at the University of the Witswatersrand, before joining the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as a litigation associate.


BaliAsli Bâli, Professor of Law, joined the UCLA faculty from Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and a seminar in the Laws of War. Her research interests include arms control and non-proliferation, international humanitarian law and the use of force, and human rights law. She also has a strong interest in the comparative law of the Middle East. She is the author of Negotiating Nonproliferation: International Law and Delegation in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (2014) and numerous other articles on arms control, international law and the use of force and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on the Middle East. She is also currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board for the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch.


EichensehrKristen Eichensehr, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, specializes in foreign relations law and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2014, she practiced international and national security law at Covington & Burling LLP, served in the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, and clerked for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the D.C. Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor. Kristen is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an editor of the blog Just Security, and a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism, and International Law. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Journal of International Law, and the Virginia Journal of International Law.


GardbaumStephen Gardbaum, MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights, is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011-12 and a Straus Fellow at NYU in 2012-13.  The author of The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice (2013) and numerous articles on comparative rights jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and federalism, he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, international human rights, European Union law and comparative law.


HunterNan D. Hunter Legal Scholarship Director at the Williams Institute and Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Georgetown University Law Center.  She co-authored (with William Eskridge) the law school casebook Sexuality, Gender and the Law, now in its third edition, and has published dozens of law review articles in the fields of sexuality and gender law and health law.  Before beginning her teaching career, Dean Hunter founded the LGBT Rights and AIDS Projects at the national ACLU headquarters in New York.  During the Clinton Administration, she served as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Her awards include the Pioneer of Courage award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the first Dan Bradley award from the National LGBT Bar Association.  She blogs at www.hunterofjustice.com.


LangerMáximo Langer, Professor of Law,  received his LL.B. from the University of Buenos Aires Law School (1995) and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2006). His research focuses on comparative and international criminal law and procedure. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, and Spanish, and has received awards from different professional associations, including the 2007 Hessel Yntema Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law, the 2007 Margaret Popkin Award by the Latin American Studies Association, and the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law. Besides teaching at UCLA, Professor Langer has taught at the University Torcuato DiTella School of Law in Argentina, Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the School of Law of Aix-Marseille University in France. He has also served on various boards and committees of the American Society of Comparative Law, the American Society of International Law, and the UCLA Latin American Institute, and he was the founding director of the UCLA Center for Argentina, Chile and the SouthernCone. He also serves on several editorial boards, including the executive editorial board of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and co-organizes the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop (co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law).


NetanelNeil Netanel, Pete Kameron Professor of Law, teaches and writes in the areas of copyright, free speech, international intellectual property, and telecommunications law and policy. From 1980 to 1981, Netanel was Assistant to the General Counsel of the State of Israel's Environmental Protection Service. He then practiced law at Loeb and Loeb in Los Angeles and at Yigal Arnon & Co. in Tel-Aviv, where he represented Israel's first cable television operator, shepherded numerous joint ventures with Israeli high-tech companies and served on Israel's Ministry of Justice Copyright Law Revision Committee. Since 2008, he has served as faculty director of UCLA's Israel Studies Program.


PeakeJessica Peake, Director, International and Comparative Law Program, joined UCLA Law in Spring 2014. Prior to coming to UCLA, Jessica was the Executive Director of a women’s rights non-profit in New York. Jessica also worked in the Defense Services Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Netherlands. Jessica has an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and gained an LL.M. with a concentration in human rights from the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron Scholar. She is currently completing her SJD thesis on the development of international criminal procedure at the University of Pennsylvania.


RaustialaKal Raustiala, Professor, UCLA School of Law and UCLA International Institute, Director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations. He holds a joint appointment between UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. He is also director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA's primary academic unit that fosters interdisciplinary research and policy-oriented teaching on the role of the United States in global cooperation and conflict, and military, political, social and economic affairs.


SteinbergRichard H. Steinberg, Professor of Law, was a White House trade negotiator and then engaged in the private practice of international trade law. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Stanford, as well as a law degree. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. He writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations, currently teaches International Trade Law and International Business Transactions and directs two Law School clinics: the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo and the ICCforum.com Clinic, which operates in collaboration with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.  He is also Director of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project.


Stemple

Lara Stemple is the Director of Graduate Studies at UCLA School of Law, where she oversees the law school’s LL.M. (masters) and S.J.D. (doctoral) degree programs and directs the Health and Human Rights Law Project. Stemple teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and incarceration. She is the Deputy co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment. Before joining UCLA, Stemple was the Executive Director of the human rights organization Just Detention International, and she worked at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights.


StoneProfessor Katherine Stone, the Arjay and Frances Miller Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, is a leading expert in labor and employment law in the United States.  She teaches and writes in the fields of labor law, comparative labor law, employment law, and dispute resolution.  Her book, From Widgets to Digits: Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace, won the 2005 Michael Harrington Award for the book that best bridged academic scholarship with contemporary social issues.  She was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and a Russell Sage Fellowship in 2008-2009 for her work on the changing nature of employment and the regulatory implications. Her most recent book, Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment, reports on responses to the advent of flexible employment practices in ten advanced countries.  She founded and edits the Globalization and Labor Standards web site -- an annotated bibliographic library and on-line newsletter that has operated since 2001.


StremitzerAlexander Stremitzer, Assistant Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Law & Economics centers his work on theoretical and experimental law and economics, contract theory and comparative law.  In addition to works in German, Professor Stremitzer’s recent scholarly work in English has been published in several journals including the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, The American Law & Economics Review, The Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and The Yale Law Journal.  Before joining UCLA’s faculty in 2011, Stremitzer was assistant professor of economics at the University of Bonn and visiting assistant professor at Yale Law School and in Yale University’s economics department.  He also spent extended research visits at ETH Zurich and Columbia University’s Center for Contracts and Economic Organization.


WangAlex Wang, Assistant Professor of Law, joined the UCLA faculty in 2013.  Before joining UCLA, Wang was a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and prior to that he was senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project for nearly six years.  In this capacity, he worked with China’s government agencies, legal community, and environmental groups to improve environmental rule of law and strengthen the role of the public in environmental protection. 


ZoltEric Zolt is the Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He specializes in individual, corporate, and international tax law. His recent scholarship has focused on taxation in developing countries and on the relationship of inequality and taxation. Working with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, US AID and the US Treasury Department, Eric has served as a consultant on tax policy matters in over 30 countries. Before coming to UCLA, he was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Eric served in the US Department of Treasury, first as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel and then as founder and director of Treasury’s Tax Advisory Program in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Eric also served as the Director of the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the African Tax Institute, a training and research institute for government tax officials in Africa.