Peskin's book projects, articles, and book chapters focus on the politics of international criminal justice. Peskin is the co-author of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (University of California Press 2016).
Peskin is also the author of International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2008). The book was selected as a CHOICE 2008 Outstanding Academic Title. The book tells the story of how the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda prod states implicated in atrocities to hand over their own leaders for trial. Drawing on his 300 interviews with tribunal officials, Balkan and Rwandan politicians and Western diplomats, Peskin uncovers the politicized and protracted state-tribunal struggle over cooperation. Key to his analysis is an explanation of how domestic politics â€“ including the shifting balance of power between moderate and nationalist politicians â€“ shapes and is shaped by the state-tribunal struggle over compliance. In the conclusion, Peskin examines the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court, the next steps on the trajectory of international war crimes tribunals. His analysis focuses on how the diminished legal authority of these new courts affects their struggle for cooperation. Peskin has also published articles in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Journal of Human Rights, Europe-Asia Studies, Legal Affairs, and International Peacekeeping. His research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego, the Berkeley Center for African Studies, and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. Peskinâ€™s current research includes a project that examines the range of challenges that the International Criminal Court confronts in its efforts to prosecute war crimes suspects in Sudan and Uganda. At the School of Global Studies, Peskin has developed and taught a number of courses, including Violence, Conflict, and Human Rights; Humanitarian Crisis and International Intervention; the Politics of Global Justice; Working in International Organizations; and Facing the Past: Truth, Memory and Denial After Atrocity.