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International Relations

Among scholars, the question of when and why international laws work has triggered a lively debate that the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation strives to settle with better theories and research findings. Emilie Hafner-Burton, professor and director of the lab, is the author of “Making Human Rights a Reality” that looks at the emergence of a massive body of legal norms and procedures aimed at protecting human rights. The book explores why it has been so hard for these international laws to have much of an impact in parts of the world where human rights are most at risk.

Faculty and Research

Related Faculty

  • Jennifer Burney

    Jennifer Burney

    Professor; Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research

    Research Fields: climate impacts and adaptation, food-energy-water systems, food and nutrition security, land use, economic development

  • Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Professor; Aaron Feldman Family Chancellor's Endowed Chair in U.S.-Mexican Studies in Memory of David Feldman; Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Research fields: U.S.-Mexico relations, foreign policy, immigration and security in Latin America

  • Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, electricity markets, energy policy, climate change policy

  • Francisco Garfias

    Francisco Garfias

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics

  • Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg

    Associate Professor of Economics

    Research Fields: environmental economics, development economics, decarbonization, South and Southeast Asia

  • Joshua Graff Zivin

    Joshua Graff Zivin

    Professor; Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations; Director, Peter F. Cowhey Center on Global Transformation

    Research Fields: environmental, public health, development, innovation economics

  • Emilie Hafner-Burton

    Emilie Hafner-Burton

    Professor; Research Director, Future of Democracy (IGCC); Peter Cowhey Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Policy; Director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation

    Research Fields: international law and regulation, human rights, election violence, trade and investment, behavioral economics, political psychology, and social networks

  • Ruixue Jia

    Ruixue Jia

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: China, development economics, economic history, political economy

  • Gaurav Khanna

    Gaurav Khanna

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, labor economics, applied econometrics

  • Munseob Lee

    Munseob Lee

    Assistant Professor; Director, Korea-Pacific Program

    Research Fields: macroeconomics, economic growth, development economics, Korean economy

  • Elizabeth Lyons

    Elizabeth Lyons

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: technology and innovation strategy, international management, organizational economics

  • Gordon McCord

    Gordon McCord

    Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Dean

    Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment

  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies

  • Lauren Prather

    Lauren Prather

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: foreign policy, migration, democracy promotion and democratization, Middle East

  • Krislert Samphantharak

    Krislert Samphantharak


    Research Fields: corporate finance, economic development, family businesses, business groups in East and Southeast Asia, financial institutions in village economies, Thailand

  • Weiyi Shi

    Weiyi Shi

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, political economy, foreign policy

  • David Victor

    David Victor

    Professor; Peter Cowhey Center on Global Transformation Chair in Innovation and Public Policy; Director, Deep Decarbonization Initiative

    Research Fields: human rights, international law, energy policy, climate change policy
  • Barbara F. Walter

    Barbara F. Walter

    Professor; Rohr Chair in Pacific International Relations

    Research Fields: international security, civil wars, terrorism/counter-terrorism

Related Research Centers and Programs

  • Peter F. Cowhey Center on Global Transformation

    Peter F. Cowhey Center on Global Transformation

    Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Facilitating innovative research on the causes of international conflict and cooperation, this institute serves the entire UC system and is committed to educating the next generation of problem solvers and peacemakers.
  • Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Combining advanced social science methodology with the power of information technology, this lab designs policies and programs that alleviate poverty; promote health, welfare and security; and enhance accountability.