Kyle (Kai) Elliot Fees is a visiting scholar at UCLA School of Law, a project supervisor of the International Human Rights Clinic, and a research affiliate at the Promise Institute. A 2018-19 recipient of the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship, Kai also serves as Research and Advocacy Fellow to the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Professor E. Tendayi Achiume.
Outside of his work with Special Rapporteur Achiume and the International Human Rights Clinic, Kai’s principal research interests comprise international human rights law, public international law, and social movements. His current research focuses on social and economic human rights; obligations arising from treaty signature; UN treaty bodies and special procedures’ progressive development of human rights law; and tensions between NGO rhetoric and radical, liberatory visions for human rights.
Kai is a graduate of Yale Law School, Arizona State University (M.A. in Social Justice and Human Rights), and the University of Arizona (B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy). During law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal and as a student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. He has provided research support to, among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, the ACLU Human Rights Program, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.