Who We Are

The laboratory is directed by Professors Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and David G. Victor with a team of faculty research associates, research scholars, and summer fellows from a variety of disciplines.


Emilie Hafner-Burton

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton
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Emilie M. Hafner-Burton is the John D. and Catherine TMacArthur Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at IR/PS, director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, and a joint professor for the department of political science. She is the author of Making Human Rights a Reality, which takes a look at why it's been so hard for international law to have much impact in parts of the world where human rights are most at risk. Most recently, Hafner-Burton served as professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University, where she held joint appointments in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs. She also served as a research scholar at Stanford Law School and fellow of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Previously, she was postdoctoral prize research fellow at Nuffield College at Oxford University, recipient of MacArthur fellowships at Stanford's CISAC and affiliate at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Hafner-Burton's research at Oxford, Stanford and Princeton examined ways to improve protections for human rights, the design of international and regional trade policy, and a wide array of other topics related to the use of economic sanctions, social network analysis and international law.

For more information, please visit Hafner-Burton's personal site.

David G. Victor
David G. Victor
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David G. Victor is a professor of international relations and Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. His research focuses on highly regulated industries, such as electric power, and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He is author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. The book was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor served as Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a Professor at Stanford Law School and taught energy and environmental law.  At Stanford he built a research program that focused on the energy markets of the major emerging countries—mainly Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and led the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria one of the first major assessments of the effectiveness of international environmental law.  His Ph.D is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and A.B. from Harvard University. He has published 200 articles and books in venues that include Nature, Science, International Organization, The New York Times, Finance Times, Climatic Change, and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. He is a member of the advisory council for Nature Climate Change, a board member of Climatic Change, and joined the board of the Electric Power Research Institute in 2013.

For more information, please visit David Victor's personal site.


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