Professor Gabriela Shalev was Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 2008 until 2010. She was Israel’s first female ambassador to the United Nations.
“As a woman, as a law professor, and above all as a proud Israeli, I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent Israel in the dynamic arena of the United Nations,” stated Shalev as she presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “While our priority remains the security of Israel and addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I intend to engage Israel on a wide range of other issues such as scientific and technological initiatives, and children and women’s rights,” she added.
Shalev is an internationally recognized expert in comparative and contract law. Prior to her appointment, she served as president of the Academic Council and rector of Ono Academic College in Israel. Until 2002, she was a professor of contract law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the past taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College and Temple University, as well as at other institutions of higher education across the United States, Canada, and Europe.