Asli Ü. Bâli
Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Williams College
M.Phil., Cambridge University, Emmanuel College
M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Ph.D., Princeton University
UCLA Faculty Since 2009
Professor Bâli is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joined the UCLA Law School faculty from Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law, and coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum.
Bâli graduated summa cum laude from Williams College and went on to earn an M.Phil. degree from Emmanuel College at Cambridge University where she studied social and political theory as a Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar. She earned her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law and as articles editor of the Yale Journal of Human Rights & Development. Bâli also completed an M.P.A. degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs jointly with her law degree. During her time at Yale, Bâli worked for the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and as an immigration advocate at the Jerome Frank Legal Services Organization.
After graduating from law school Bâli practiced law for five years with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and Paris, where she represented both corporate and pro bono clients. Her practice specialized in a wide range of legal issues from transnational mergers and acquisitions to project financing in Latin America, immigration law and international human rights. Bâli returned to academia from law practice to earn her Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at Princeton University with a dissertation focused on enforcement issues in the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty system.
Bâli’s current research interests focus on public international law generally, including the intersection of international law and international relations, as well as issues of non-proliferation, human rights and humanitarian law. She also has a strong interest in the comparative law of the Middle East. Recent work includes Pax Arabica?: Provisional Sovereignty and Intervention in the Arab Uprisings (2012); The Perils of Judicial Independence: Constitutional Transition and the Turkish Example (2012); Beyond Legality and Legitimacy: Intervention and the Eroding Norm of Nonproliferation (chapter in a collected volume) (2011); American Overreach: Strategic Interests and Millennial Ambitions in the Middle East, (co-authored with Aziz Rana) (2010); and From Subjects to Citizens? The Shifting Paradigm of Electoral Authoritarianism in the Middle East (2009).