Richard H. Steinberg


Professor of Law

Home Department: School of Law

Areas of Interest

International economic law, international criminal law, and human rights.




Richard Steinberg writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations, with a focus on international economic law, international criminal law, and human rights. He currently teaches International Trade Law, International Business Transactions, and Theories of International Law.  Professor Steinberg also directs two Law School clinics, one that leads students on research trips to study gender violence in Eastern Congo, and one that works with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on contemporary problems facing the ICC.  He is also Director of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project, and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning

In addition to his UCLA appointment, Professor Steinberg is currently Visiting Professor of Global Studies at Stanford, at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at Stanford.

Professor Steinberg is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law from 2004-2014 and on the Editorial Board of International Organization from 2003-2012.  He has taught law courses at Stanford Law School, the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) in France, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, La Trobe University in Australia, and elsewhere.

Professor Steinberg has written over forty articles on international law.  Recent books include: Assessing the Legacy of the ICTY (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011; BCS translation, ICTY, 2011), International Institutions (co-edited) (SAGE, 2009),International Law and International Relations (co-edited) (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Economics, Law, and Politics of the GATT/WTO (co-authored) (Princeton University Press, 2006; Chinese translation, Peking University Press, 2013).

Prior to arriving at UCLA, Professor Steinberg worked as Assistant General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., and later as an associate with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.  He also served as Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley.

Selected Research


  • Assessing the Legacy of the ICTY (edited by Richard H. Steinberg). Martinus Nijhoff (2011). Translated into Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS). The Hague: ICTY (2011).
  • International Institutions (edited by Judith Goldstein and Richard H. Steinberg). Vols. I-IV. Sage (2010).
  • International Law and International Relations (edited by Beth A. Simmons and Richard H. Steinberg). Cambridge University Press (2007). Abstract