The Biden Administration and International Law

Aslı Ü. Bâli is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. She was previously Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. She currently teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights, a seminar on the Laws of War and a Perspectives seminar on Third World Approaches to International Law. Bâli’s principal scholarly interests lie in two areas: public international law—including human rights law and the law of the international security order—and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on the Middle East. Her current research examines questions of federalism and decentralization for the purposes of addressing self-determination demands and governance goals in the transitions currently underway in the Middle East.

Kal Raustiala holds the Promise Institute Chair in Comparative and International Law at UCLA School of Law and Professor at the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the undergraduate Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as Director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. From 2012-2015 he was also UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for International Studies and Faculty Director of UCLA’s International Education Office. Professor Raustiala’s research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property.

Richard Steinberg is Professor of Law, Jonathan D. Varat Endowed Chair in Law and Professor of Political Science. Professor Steinberg writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations, with a focus on international economic law, international criminal law, and human rights. Professor Steinberg is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Counsellor to the American Society of International Law, a Member of United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, Chair of the International Trade Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, Director of Trade Policy Research at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley, and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning

Alex Wang is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, and a leading expert on environmental governance and the law and politics of China. His research focuses on the social effects of law, and the interaction of law and institutions in China and the United States. His work has addressed air pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. Prior to 2011, Wang was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project. 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.

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Jessica Peake is the Director of the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) and the Assistant Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Before joining UCLA in 2014, Peake was the Executive Director of a women’s rights non-profit based in New York focused on the protection and advancement of women at risk in East Africa, through the provision of shelter, education and training. She also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in the Hague, and in the Defense Services Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and has consulted for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).