International & Comparative Law Program


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_FadlDr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law, is one of the world's leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum, Political Crimes and Legal Systems and The Trafficking of Human Beings: Law and Policy. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Islamic Studies Program at UCLA. 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 appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and served on the board of directors of Human Rights Watch. In 2005, he was listed on LawDragon's Top 500 Lawyers in the Nation. In 2013, he was recognized in "The 50 Smartest People of Faith” by, and was awarded the "American Muslim Achievement Award” in 2014. He has been ranked among "The Power 500 List of the World's Most Influential Arabs” and "The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims.” His work has been translated into numerous languages including Arabic, Persian, French, Norwegian, Dutch, Ethiopian, Russian, Vietnamese and Japanese. His latest book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age (2014), was recognized among the Best Books of 2014 by the Australian Broadcasting Company's Religion and Ethics website.

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. In 2016 she co-chaired the American Society of International Law's Annual Meeting. 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, Faculty Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, and Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, specializes in international human rights law, arms control and comparative constitutional law with a focus on the Middle East. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2009, she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law at the Yale Law School. Bâli holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton and has practiced international law at the United Nations, the World Bank and the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. She is co-editor of Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017). Other recent work includes "Shifting into reverse: Turkish constitutionalism under the AKP" (2016); "Negotiating Non-Proliferation: International Law and Delegation in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis" (2014); "Courts and Constitutional Transition: Lessons from the Turkish Case" (2013); and "Pax Arabica?: Provisional Sovereignty and Intervention in the Arab Uprisings" (2012). Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including the American Journal of International Law Unbound, International Journal of Constitutional Law, UCLA Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Cornell Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, Geopolitics, Studies in Law, Politics and Society and edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. She is currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch.

Joseph BerraJoseph Berra is a Clinical and Experiential Learning Project Director at UCLA Law and co-instructor of the International Human Rights Clinic. A former Jesuit priest, Mr. Berra has worked extensively with grass roots communities in Central America, with experience going back 35 years. As an attorney, Mr. Berra has focused on the areas of civil rights, immigrant rights, international human rights, and the rights of Afro-descendant and Indigenous communities in Central America.

EichensehrKristen Eichensehr, Assistant Professor of Law, specializes in international, foreign relations, and national security law issues, including 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. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an editor of the blog Just Security. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and American 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. His widely-reviewed book The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Protecting Human Rights conference in Australia, part of the major debate in that country about adopting this model through a national human rights act. Other recent work includes a series of articles on the comparative structure of constitutional rights, which have been collected and published as a book by the European Research Center of Comparative Law, a chapter on "horizontal effect" in The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016), and two articles on the separation of powers in the American Journal of Comparative Law. He holds degrees from Oxford, London, Columbia and Yale Universities, and teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, EU law, comparative law, and international human rights. His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts and widely translated.

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, Spanish, French and Portugese, 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).

Neil 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, and Assistant Director, the Promise Institute for Human Rights, 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, 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’s research focuses on international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and human rights.  She coaches UCLA Law’s international humanitarian law moot court competitions, and supervises students in a variety of projects related to her fields of expertise. 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, writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations. 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. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law and is currently Vice President of the American Society of International Law.

SteinbergRichard H. Steinberg, Professor of Law and Political Science, 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 and a J.D. degree, both from Stanford, and received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale. Dr. Steinberg is Counselor to the American Society of International Law, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum. He writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations, and currently teaches International Trade Law, International Business Transactions, Theories of International Law, and Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court. In 2016-2017, he is Visiting Professor of Global Studies at Stanford.


Lara Stemple is the Assistant Dean for LL.M. and International Student Programs 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, Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Law & Economics centers his work on theoretical andexperimental 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, 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.