Shiri Krebs

Shiri Krebs


Not in residence

(650) 725-2702 (voice)

Research Interests

Evidence, Criminal Law, National Security Law, International Law, Human Rights, Law and Politics, Law and Psychology


Shiri Krebs was a Law and International Security Fellow at the Stanford Center on International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), as well as the Christiana Shi Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in International Studies, Stanford University. Her research focuses primarily on the complex relationship between legal rules and fact-finding, at the intersection of law, politics, and social psychology. She employs both qualitative and quantitative methods – including survey experiments – to explore such questions as: how are facts constructed and interpreted as ‘true’ by legal practitioners? How does legal discourse influence people’s attitudes and beliefs concerning contested events? How do rules of evidence, procedures, and decision-making processes construct meaning in a world filled with inconsistencies, disorder, and uncertainty?

Krebs’ scholarship and publications granted her several awards, including the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award (2011), the Richard S. Goldsmith Award in Dispute Resolution (2012), and the Franklin Award in International Law (2015). In 2016 she was selected by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for the New Voices Panel at the Society’s Annual Meeting.

She received her LL.B. (Law) and B.A. in International Relations, as well as her M.A. in International Law and Organizations, all magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her J.S.M from Stanford Law School, and her J.S.D., also from Stanford Law School, is expected June 2017.

In 2012 she was appointed as a Teaching Scholar at Santa Clara University School of Law, teaching international criminal law and international humanitarian law. From 2005 to 2010 Krebs served as legal advisor to the Chief-Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court. During that time she has taught public international law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an adjunct position which granted her the Dean’s award for excellent junior faculty members, as well as ‘Best Teacher’ award by students’ vote. After leaving the Supreme Court, she joined the Israeli Democracy Institute, working as a human rights lawyer and scholar and publishing frequent op-eds on human rights violations.