Faculty Profiles

Jessica Peake

Jessica Peake

Director, International and Comparative Law Program
Assistant Director, the Promise Institute for Human Rights
LL.B. University of Sheffield, UK
LL.M. University of Leiden, the Netherlands
LL.M. University of Pennsylvania
S.J.D. University of Pennsylvania (pending)

Jessica Peake is the Director of the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at UCLA School of Law. The Program provides an extensive array of programming for the law school community, alumni, and the public, including speaker series, workshops, conferences, and international law career-related events. Jessica is responsible for developing and managing program activities, and supervising students in a range of international law related pursuits. She is the academic advisor to students pursuing a specialization in International and Comparative Law, and is the coach for teams representing UCLA Law in a variety of international law and international humanitarian law moot court competitions. 

Since arriving at UCLA in January 2014, Jessica has developed relationships with several human rights organizations creating internship, externship and pro bono opportunities for our students. She has also assisted in the expansion of UCLA Law's Foreign Legal Study and Exchange Program.

Jessica's research focuses on international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and human rights. She is currently involved in projects related to criminal justice reform in Africa, efforts to end child marriage in Bangladesh and developing an International Law Center in Nepal.

Jessica earned her LL.B. from the University of Sheffield, UK, and an LL.M. from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Jessica also gained an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron Scholar. While at Penn Jessica represented clients in immigration proceedings with the Transnational Legal Clinic, and authored a working paper on Immigrant Detention Conditions: Law, Policy and Practice in the Asia Pacific Region, for the Third Asia Pacific Conference on Refugee Rights 2010 and UNHCR Asia Pacific Detention Conference 2011.

Before joining UCLA, Jessica worked in prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, and in the Defense Services Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Jessica was the Executive Director of a women's rights non-profit in New York focused on the protection and advancement of women at risk in the developing world, through the provision of shelter, education and training. Jessica also engaged in pro-bono work with women at risk through HIAS and Counsel Migration Services of Philadelphia.

Her most recent publication is "The Institutional Framework of the Office of the Prosecutor, Legitimacy, and Overcoming Bias Allegations" in Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court, Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court (edited by Richard H. Steinberg). Brill/Nijhoff (2016).