School of Transnational Governance

Omer Shatz


Fellowship period: 1 September 2020 - 30 June 2021

Topic: Mapping and Analysis of EU external migration policies.


Omer Shatz is an international lawyer, lecturer in international law at Sciences Po Paris, and Yale Law School graduate.

In Israel, his law firm specialized in Supreme Court litigation of human rights matters, such as targeted killings, the siege on and war crimes in Gaza, the Israeli settlements and the deportation of human rights defenders. He co-founded We Are Refugees, an NGO that provided pro-bono representation to detained asylum-seekers, and co-litigated the 'Anti-Infiltration Law' case, a landmark ruling that led to the release of 1,500 refugees and secured the liberty of tens of thousands others.

In France, he was a senior associate in the international arbitration group of Shearman & Sterling LLP. He gave advice to organisations and individuals such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Julian Assange and initiated a legal aid project in Sicily. He is currently leading a strategic litigation project concerning EU migration policies in the Mediterranean, Libya and the criminalization of NGOs, with cases before the International Criminal Court ICC and The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).