Aslı Bâli

Aslı Bâli is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. Her principal scholarly interests lie in two areas: public international law—including human rights law and the law of the international security order—and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on the Middle East. Her current research examines questions of federalism and decentralization for the purposes of addressing self-determination demands and governance goals in the political conflicts and transitions currently underway in the Middle East. She is also completing a project examining the post-Cold War erosion of the United Nations Charter prohibition on the use of force. She has previously written on constitutional design in religiously divided societies, the nuclear non-proliferation regime, international legal arguments concerning humanitarian intervention, the role of judicial independence in constitutional transitions, and race and empire in the formation, interpretation and enforcement of international law. Bâli’s recent scholarship has appeared in the International Journal of Constitutional LawUniversity of Chicago Law Review, UCLA Law ReviewYale Journal of International LawCornell Journal of International LawVirginia Journal of International LawVanderbilt Transnational Law Journal and the American Journal of International Law Unbound, in addition to scholarship in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and the Elgar Handbook of Comparative Constitution Making. She is co-editor of Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (Cambridge 2017) and From Revolution to Devolution: Identity Conflict, Governance and Decentralization in the Middle East (forthcoming Cambridge 2021). Bâli currently serves as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch and as chair of the Task Force on Civil and Human Rights for the Middle East Studies Association.

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