Shavit Matias is an international law and globalization expert. At CDDRL she heads the International Rule Making Project, which seeks to assist in the capacity and institution building of developing countries and areas of conflict, through integrating into currently negotiated global tools components geared at enhancing trade, e-commerce, cyber security, and good governance in these areas. The project is conducted by combining research she is undertaking at CDDRL, Stanford University, with work with professionals and diplomats from developing countries, and her participation in the work of United Nations expert committees that formulate policy, model laws, and international conventions adopted by many countries. Thereby bringing the research into practice.
Between 2004 and 2013 Matias was Deputy Attorney General of Israel in charge of international issues. In that capacity she advised the government on policy and law regarding international matters, and represented the state of Israel before many international institutions. She was a member of Israeli National Security Council teams on a range of national security challenges, international law, Middle East policy, counter-terrorism, and international conflicts. She headed inter ministerial committees examining and advising on questions of law, policy, and national security and worked with colleagues from around the world in developing international mechanisms, international tools, and law.
Matias represented the State of Israel in United Nations committees and was a commissioner at the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law, working on global policy and tools. She co-headed teams dealing with international investigations of Israel, represented Israel in matters before international and foreign courts, and co-headed Israel’s inter ministerial task force on matters relating to universal jurisdiction and issues relating to the laws of war. She participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including complex trade matters with the EU, joining the OECD, permanent-status issues with the Palestinians, and as a member of Israeli-Palestinian joint committees. She was also a member of Israeli government teams working with the international donor community on matters of Palestinian institution and capacity building, and a member of numerous policy teams.
She formed and headed the Department for International Agreements and International Litigation, which deals with policy and law, globalization, international institutions, negotiations of bilateral and multilateral international agreements, joining international organizations, international investigations, and international litigation and arbitration in international forums.
Between 2013-2018 she was a fellow at the Hoover Institution Stanford University conducting research on globalization, national security, counter terrorism, e-commerce, and capacity building, and was a member of its national security and law task force. Since 2014 she heads the Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution program at the Lauder School of Government IDC, and teaches courses on globalization, diplomacy, law, and conflict resolution. She is also on the Professional Advisory Board of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism. She is a recipient of the 2008 Award from Georgetown University Law Center for Outstanding Achievements in the Profession, and served on the President of Israel’s Committee for Doctoral Grants for Academic Excellence and Scientific Innovation.
Since 1992 and throughout her government career Matias taught courses on international law, globalization, international commercial arbitration, dispute settlement mechanisms, the Middle East conflict, and international negotiations at academic institutions including Georgetown University Law Center, the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, and Stanford University. Before joining government service she practiced law in the international department of Shearman & Sterling. Matias is a member of the Israeli bar and the New York bar. She clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel, received her LLB from Tel-Aviv University, her LLM from Georgetown University, and her Doctorate in International Law (S.J.D.) from George Washington University under the supervision of Professor Judge Thomas Buergenthal.
Expertise: Globalization, national security, international law and diplomacy, the Middle East, rule of law and capacity building, governance, international institutions, cyber law, negotiations, and international dispute settlement mechanisms.