Michael J. Matheson

Adjunct Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Michael Matheson has been teaching at the law school since 2002, and has taught at the law school's program at Oxford University. Prior to 2002, he directed the international law program at the School of Advanced International Studies at John 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, the law of armed conflict, U.S. foreign relations law, and conflict resolution. He has published books on the UN Security Council, on international humanitarian law, and on international tribunals; and has also published numerous articles and other pieces.

Mr. Matheson served for four years as a member of the UN International Law Commission, and as Director of Studies of the Hague Academy of International Law. He has argued and briefed many cases before international tribunals, including a number before the International Court of Justice. He has testified on many occasions before Congressional committees.

Prior to entering academia, Mr. 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, and in that capacity negotiated the UN protocols on incendiaries and landmines.

Mr. Matheson is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Advisory Committee on Public International Law of the U.S. State Department.

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BA, LLB, Stanford University