International Law and Human Rights Newsletter

Fall 2013

UCLA Law Forum Named Top Justice Innovation

UCLA School of Law’s Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum was named one of the world’s Top Three Justice Innovations of 2012 by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), a research and advisory institute for the justice sector. Professor Richard Steinberg accepted the award at a ceremony in The Hague in November on behalf of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project and the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor, which collaborated in establishing the Forum.

The Forum offers an online venue for open, global debate of cutting-edge issues facing the ICC. The site, which was also named by Computerworld magazine as one of its 2013 gold medal honors laureates in the category of “world good,” features expert opinions and discussions among top international jurists, scholars and lawyers, as well as citizen activists from all over the world. Please click here to read more.

Research Findings from Student Trip Presented in The Hague

In an ongoing research project, Professor Richard Steinberg led a group of 15 students on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in October. The trip was organized around three international human rights research projects: learning the reparations preferences of Congolese victims of mass atrocities; distilling an anthropological “footprint” of mass rape that could be used as evidence at the International Criminal Court (ICC); and explaining what motivates combatants to disarm and demobilize. In March, Professor Steinberg presented the findings at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands. Please click here to read more about the trip and the findings.

“Human Rights Heroes” Speaker Series

The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project hosted the Human Rights Heroes Speakers Series, featuring presentations from human rights activists from around the world. The 2012-2013 speakers included: Shamila Batohi, senior legal advisor to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Richard Dicker, director, International Justice Program for Human Rights Watch; Razzan Ghazzawi, media officer at the Syrian Center for Media & Freedom of Expression in the Arab World; and Kevin Heller, project director for international criminal law at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.

In spring 2014, the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project, in collaboration with Stanford Law School, will host a series of discussions featuring guests who will address topics in health and human rights. For more information, please e-mail sdjhrp@law.ucla.edu.

Recent Faculty Scholarship and Appointments

Professor Asli Bâli was appointed to the executive committee of the Advisory Council for Human Rights Watch-Middle East and was appointed faculty chair of the Advisory Committee for the UCLA International Institute’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. In addition, she was selected to serve as an academic jury member for the selection of the Eighth Annual Sakip Sabanci Award recipient, the most prestigious international research award in the Turkish academy, and she was recently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Professor Stephen Gardbaum has published The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2013), in which he argues that recent bills of rights in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia are an experiment in a new third way of organizing basic institutional arrangements in a democracy.  He served as a fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at New York University School of Law during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Professor Máximo Langer was awarded the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for his article, “The Diplomacy of Universal Jurisdiction: The Political Branches and the Transnational Prosecution of International Crimes,” 105 American Journal of International Law 1 (2011). His recent publication, “The Archipelago and the Hub: Universal Jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court,” will appear in The First Global Prosecutor: Constraints and Promise (Martha Minow, Cora True-Frost and Alex Whiting, eds., University of Michigan Press, forthcoming).

Professor Kal Raustiala presented his latest book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (with Christopher Sprigman, Oxford University Press, 2012), to multiple audiences, including at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas in March; the University of Notre Dame Law School in January; the Los Angeles Copyright Society in November; and Google LA and TEDx Orange Coast in October 2012. The Korean version of The Knockoff Economy was also recently published.

Professor Richard Steinberg’s co-authored book, The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Politics, Law, and Economics of the GATT and the WTO (Princeton University Press, 2008), has been translated into Chinese and published by Peking University Press. His recent publication, “Wanted—Dead or Alive: Realism in International Law,” appears in International Law and International Relations: Taking Stock (Jeff Dunoff and Mark Pollack, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Professor Lara Stemple recently spoke on “Health, Gender and Human Rights” as part of the Global Health Selective for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She also serves as the deputy co-director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise (“COE”) on Women’s Health & Empowerment, which operates across multiple campuses and disciplines to address the causes and consequences of gender-based health disparities around the world.

Professor Alex Wang, an expert in international environmental law, has joined the UCLA Law faculty from UC Berkeley School of Law. He was previously a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the director of the NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project. His research and teaching interests are in environmental law, Chinese law, comparative law and torts.