The California International Law Center fosters the work of UC Davis School of Law's faculty, students, and alumni in international, comparative, and transnational law to enhance California's role as a global actor.

Our Core Faculty

Afra Afsharipour

Afra Afsharipour

Associate Director & Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law

Education:

B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University 1996
J.D., Columbia Law School 1999

Areas of Interest:

Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers And Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Transactional Law

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Mario Biagioli

Mario Biagioli

Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Director, Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS)

Education:

Undergraduate Studies, Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy 1978
M.F.A. Museum Studies, History of Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology 1984
M.A. History of Science, University of California, Berkeley 1986
Ph.D. History of Science, University of California, Berkeley 1989

Areas of Interest:

Law and Science, Intellectual Property, Legal History, Ethics, Patent Law, Law And Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies

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Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune

United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights & Professor of Law

Education:

B.A. History and Semiotics, Brown University 1988
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School 1994
M.A. Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan 1994
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Michigan 1994 

Areas of Interest:

International Law, International Human Rights, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Religious Extremism, Women’s Rights

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Anupam Chander

Anupam Chander

Director & Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law

Education:

A.B., magna cum laude, Economics, Harvard University 1989
J.D., Yale Law School 1992

Areas of Interest:

Cyberlaw, International Finance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Law And Development, International Business Transactions, Corporate Law, Public International Law

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Richard Frank

Richard Frank

Director, California Environmental Law and Policy Center

Education:

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 1971
J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law 1974

Areas of Interest:

Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Land Use Planning, Energy Law

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Floyd F. Feeney

Floyd F. Feeney

Homer G. and Ann Berryhill Professor of Law for International Legal and Communication Studies

Education:

B.S. History, Davidson College 1955
J.D., New York University 1960

Areas of Interest:

Criminal Law and Procedure, Election Law

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Robert W. Hillman

Robert W. Hillman

Professor of Law, Fair Business Practices and Investor Advocacy Chair

Education:

B.A. Political Science, California State University, Long Beach 1970
J.D., Duke University 1973

Areas of Interest:

International Business Transactions, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance, Partnership Law, Ethics, Lawyer Mobility

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Lisa Ikemoto

Lisa Ikemoto

Professor of Law

Education:

B.A. English (American Studies) and History, University of California, Los Angeles 1984
J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law 1987
LL.M., Columbia University, School of Law 1989

Areas of Interest:

Bioethics, Health Disparities, Science and Technology Studies

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Kevin R. Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson

Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies

Education:

B.A. Economics, University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Areas of Interest:

Immigration Law and Policy, Refugee Law, Complex Litigation, Civil Procedure (Including Civil Litigation and Complex Litigation), Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, Critical Latina/o Theory

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Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Professor of Law

Education:

A.B., magna cum laude, History and Science, Harvard University 1998
J.D., Yale Law School 2005

Areas of Interest:

Patent Law, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Property, Science and Technology Studies

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Lisa R. Pruitt

Lisa R. Pruitt

Professor of Law

Education:

B.A. Journalism, University of Arkansas 1986
J.D., University of Arkansas 1989
Ph.D. Laws, University of London 1997

Areas of Interest:

Law and Rural Livelihoods, Feminist Jurisprudence, Legal Profession, Torts

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Madhavi Sunder

Madhavi Sunder

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law

Education:

B.A. Social Studies, Harvard University 1992
J.D., Stanford University 1997

Areas of Interest:

Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Trademark, Brands, Cyberlaw, Human Rights (Negotiating Gender, Religion & Culture)

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Our Staff

Anupam Chander

Anupam Chander

Director

The California International Law Center is led by Director Anupam Chander, Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law and leading scholar in the law of globalization and digitization. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Chander clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit. He has written widely on international law, cyberlaw, and corporate law, with recent publications in the Yale Law Journal, N.Y.U. Law Review, California Law Review, and University of Chicago Law Review. In 2012 and 2013, he was named as recipient of several Google Faculty Research Awards to study the relationship between free speech and the development of global Internet enterprise. He is the author of The Electronic Silk Road, published by Yale University Press.

Education:

A.B., magna cum laude, Economics, Harvard University 1989
J.D., Yale Law School 1992

Areas of Interest:

Cyberlaw, International Finance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Law And Development, International Business Transactions, Corporate Law, Public International Law

Afra Afsharipour

Afra Afsharipour

Associate Director

Afra Afsharipour researches in the areas of comparative corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and transactional law. In 2014 she was selected for the Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour was an attorney with the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA. There she advised clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Afsharipour received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women’s studies. Professor Afsharipour blogs on legal developments in mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog.

Education:

B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University 1996
J.D., Columbia Law School 1999

Areas of Interest:

Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers And Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Transactional Law

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Uyen P. Le

Uyen P. Le

Associate Director & Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Scholar

Uyen completed her undergraduate degree in social and political psychology at Yale University in 2006 and received her J.D. five years later from King Hall, where she earned Certificates in the Public Service Law Program and the Pro Bono Law Program. Her research focuses on international human rights law and public international law. During law school, Uyen worked at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York City. Her works on contemporary problems in international law were published in the American Journal of International Law (in a paper coauthored with Professors Madhavi Sunder and Anupam Chander), the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.

Education:

B.A. Psychology, Yale University 2006
J.D. Public International Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law 2011

Areas of Interest:

Cyberlaw, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, International Trade, Law and Development, Law and Culture, Transitional Justice

Nida Siddiqui

Nida Siddiqui

2016-2017 Law Fellow

Education: 

B.A. Political Science with Minor in Human Complex Systems, University of California, Los Angeles, College Honors (2011)
J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law (2016)

Areas of Interest:

Foreign Law Governing Post-Colonial Nations, Border Conflicts, Global Health,  Access to Education, Constitutional Law

 

 

Nina Marie Bell

Nina Marie Bell

Center’s Administrative Assistant

Nina has been with King Hall since 2008 and became an integral part of the California International Law Center since 2012. Acting as a liaison between the Center’s staff, affiliated student organizations, visiting speakers, and partnering institutions, Nina manages the Center’s internal operation and public engagements.

Email: nbell@ucdavis.edu
Phone: +1 530 752 3585
Office: King Hall Room 1100

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