Jess Peake

Assistant Director;
Director, International and Comparative Law Program

Before joining UCLA in 2014, Jess 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).

Peake earned her LL.B. from the University of Sheffield, UK, and an LL.M. from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She also gained an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron Scholar. Peake’s research focuses on the intersection of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and 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)