Gabriela Shalev was born in Tel Aviv in 1941. On 1964 she completed a bachelor’s degree in law magna cum laude at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, serving as an intern for Supreme Court Justice Yoel Sussman. She received her license to practice law in 1968, and in 1969 she was awarded a master’s degree in law magna cum laude from the Hebrew University. Shalev began to publish articles in legal journals in Israel, and later around the world. At the same time she began working on her doctorate thesis under the supervision of Prof. Gad Tedeschi. Shalev joined the Faculty of Law in 1973, and in 1990 was appointed to the Lawrence Biele Chair of Contract Law. In the years 2008-2010 Prof. Shalev served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations – the first woman to fill this position. Over the years she has been a member of numerous public committees and commercial boards of directors, and she also served as the president of Ono Academic Campus. Shalev is a leading expert in Israel and internationally in the field of Contract Law and voluntary contracts. She has received the Sussman Prize for law and the Zeltner Prize for law. In 2003 she was received an award from the Israel Bar in recognition of her unique achievements in the academic study of law.
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