Faculty Profiles

Kal Raustiala

Kal Raustiala

Associate Vice Provost
Professor of Law
Director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations

UCLA Faculty Since 2000

Kal Raustiala holds a joint appointment between the UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2012 he has served as UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for International Studies, and since 2007 as director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. The Burkle Center is UCLA's primary academic unit for interdisciplinary research on international affairs.  A graduate of Duke University, Professor Raustiala holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Raustiala's research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property.  His recent publications include "Fake It Till You Make It: The Good News About China’s Knockoff Economy,” Foreign Affairs, (July/August 2013); “NGOs in International Treaty-Making,” in The Oxford Guide to Treaties (2012);  and Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law, (Oxford, 2009). His most recent book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (Oxford, 2012), written with Christopher Sprigman of NYU Law School, has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to coming to UCLA he was a research fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems, and an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the editorial boards of International Organization and the American Journal of International Law.  A regular blogger for Freakonomics.com, he is a frequent media contributor whose writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Wired, the International Herald Tribune and Le Monde.