Prof. Gabriela Shalev was Israel’s first female Ambassador to the UN. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Shalev was the Editor-in-Chief of the Supreme Court’s rulings and edited the Hebrew Encyclopedia. She was a visiting lecturer at various universities in the United States, Europe and Canada. Professor Shalev is a regular participant in international conferences as an expert in comparative law and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She is a leading expert, in Israel and around the world, in contract law and public authority contracts. She is the winner of the Sussman Law Prize (1989) and the Zeltner Law Prize (1991) and in 2003 – won an award from the Bar Association for special achievements in the academic research of law.