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Asif Efrat

Associate Professor of Government

Asif Efrat is an associate professor and head of the MA program at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya) in Israel. He studies international relations, focusing on transnational crime and law enforcement.    

About me

Asif Efrat is an associate professor of government at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). He earned an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.


Asif’s research in the field of international relations focuses on international cooperation in matters of law, crime, and justice. In the criminal field, his work has examined how governments establish cooperation against the illicit trade in small arms, human trafficking, organ trafficking, and the trade in looted antiquities. He has also analyzed the politics of international extradition, especially the impact of human rights concerns on states’ willingness to surrender fugitives. In the area of civil law, Asif has studied the international efforts against child abduction, the dilemmas surrounding the enforcement of foreign judgments, and the harmonization of commercial law. 


Asif’s work has appeared in leading journals including International OrganizationJournal of PoliticsInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Peace ResearchEuropean Journal of International RelationsJournal of European Public Policy, and the American Journal of Transplantation. His first book on the politics of illicit trade was published by Oxford University Press. Prior to joining the IDC, Asif taught at Cornell Law School.

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