B.A., LL.B., Stanford University
Professor Matheson has been teaching at the Law School since 2002. Prior to 2002, he directed the international law program at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
He has taught courses on public international law, international criminal law, international institutions, and international law and conflict resolution. He has published books on the UN Security Council and on international humanitarian law, as well as numerous articles and other pieces.
Professor Matheson has served as a member of the UN International Law Commission and Director of Studies of the Hague Academy of International Law. He has argued many cases before international tribunals, including a number before the International Court of Justice, and has testified on many occasions before Congressional committees. Professor Matheson served for more than 28 years as an attorney at the U.S. Department of State, including as Acting Legal Adviser or Principal Deputy Legal Adviser from 1990 to 2000. While at the State Department, he led efforts to create the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the UN Compensation Commission for Gulf War claims. He headed the U.S. delegation, with the rank of ambassador, to the UN negotiations on conventional weapons.
Professor Matheson is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Advisory Committee on Public International Law of the U.S. State Department.
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