Gidon Gottlieb is the director of a pre-diplomatic Middle East Peace Project conducted under the auspices of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, where he is currently serving again as a distinguished visiting fellow. This project was initially centered at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he served as a visiting senior fellow from 1998 to 1994.
Gottlieb was born in Paris and was educated at the London School of Economics and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a senior exhibitioner, and then at the Harvard Law School, where he obtained an SJD degree. During his doctoral studies he taught in the Government Department at Dartmouth College. After graduation he joined the Wall Street law firm of Shearman & Sterling. Before coming to Chicago, Gottlieb was on the faculty of New York University School of Law, where he directed the Peace Studies Program.
He served as United Nations representative of Amnesty International from 1966 to 1972, and as personal adviser to President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. He was also a political risk consultant to a major New York bank.
He is the author of The Logic of Choice: An Investigation of the Concepts of Rule and Rationality and Nation Against State: A New Approach to Ethnic Conflicts and the Decline of Sovereignty. He has also published essays in the fields of international law, diplomacy, political theory, and jurisprudence. He has taught courses in international law, jurisprudence, human rights, and negotiations.