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Can Russia be Brought to Justice for War Crimes in Ukraine?

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In-person/Webinar: An event featuring experts in human rights law and Russia

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UCLA Burkle Center invites you to join our event in-person at UCLA Law School, Room 1447 or online via Zoom. Two of our panelists will be at UCLA in-person while a third panelist will join on Zoom from London. The live-stream of this event will be available on this webpage and via the Burkle Center’s YouTube channel.



Jessica Peake, Director, International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP), UCLA

Jessica Peake is the Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at UCLA School of Law and the Assistant Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights. She teaches courses on Human Rights and War Crimes Digital Investigations and the Laws of War. Peake is a founder of the UC Network on Human Rights and Digital Factfinding, a collaboration between the Promise Institute, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center and the UC Santa Cruz Research Center for the Americas.


Alexandre Prezanti, International Lawyer and Partner, Global Diligence LLP

Alexandre Prezanti is a barrister and international legal adviser specializing in international criminal law, human rights and sanctions. He has a worldwide practice and professional knowledge of English, French and Russian.

Prezanti holds an LLB with European Legal Studies from King’s College London and the University of Strasbourg, and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics. He has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Prezanti provides legal advice and representation to individuals, non-governmental organizations and public authorities on human rights, sanctions and international criminal law. His work includes leading independent war crimes investigations, representing defendants and victims before international courts and tribunals and advising individuals, entities and government authorities on sanctions and asset recovery. Prezanti also participates in rule of law and capacity building projects as a justice sector reforms adviser, international observer and training expert. He has authored or contributed to a number of training and advocacy tools on topics such as wartime sexual and gender violence, war crimes investigations and sanctions. Prezanti has also lectured law at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia and served as Adjunct Professor in International Criminal Law at the University of Washington and Lee in the USA.


Daniel Treisman, Professor, Department of Political Science, UCLA

Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at UCLA and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2021-22, he is a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

A graduate of Oxford University (B.A. Hons.) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1995), he has published five books and numerous articles in leading political science and economics journals including The American Political Science Review and The American Economic Review, as well as in public affairs journals such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.

His research focuses on Russian politics and economics as well as comparative political economy, including in particular the analysis of democratization, the politics of authoritarian states, political decentralization, and corruption.

A former lead editor of The American Political Science Review, he has served as associate editor or on the editorial boards of the journals Post-Soviet Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, Economics and Politics, Politeia, and the Russian Journal of Economics.

He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and USAID. In Russia, he has been a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Jury of the National Prize in Applied Economics.

He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford) and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), and has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the US and the Smith Richardson Foundation. At UCLA, he has served as acting director of the Center for European and Russian Studies.

His latest book, co-authored with Sergei Guriev, Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century, was published by Princeton University Press in Spring 2022. The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (The Free Press, 2011) was one of the Financial Times’ “Best Political Books of 2011.”

Since 2014, he has been the director of the Russia Political Insight Project, an international collaboration funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to investigate political decision making in Putin’s Russia. This resulted in the publication of The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia (Brookings Institution Press 2018).



Alexandra Lieben is the Deputy Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations and Lecturer in the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A certified mediator, she teaches constructive communication, alternative dispute resolution, public dialogue, cultural competency, international conflict resolution, and community and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA.