Adv. KEREN SHAHAR is the Senior Deputy Legal Adviser in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She serves as a legal counselor for strategic affairs and heads the Project for Coordinating National Implementation of the United Nations Security Council's Sanctions Resolutions. She was previously the Director of the Treaties Department and Director of the General International Law Department in the Legal Adviser's Office and served as the Political Counselor in the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Ms. Shahar specializes in the law of treaties and in strategic international law, including outer space law, cyber law, sanctions, and international law in the fields of arms control, non-proliferation and export control. She was part of the team drafting the Israeli export control legislation. She heads the team that provides the Israel Space Agency with legal advice in international law.
Ms. Shahar has represented the Government of Israel in various bilateral and multilateral negotiations as well as in international meetings and conferences. She was appointed to the Specialized Panel of Arbitrators pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Outer Space Rules since 2015 and since 2018 serves as the Second Vice-Chair and rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
Ms. Shahar is an LL.B and LL.M graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has an M.A. in Diplomacy and Security from Tel-Aviv University (graduated with honors: Magna Cum Laude).