Ambassador Alan Baker
Director, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Alan Baker is an Israeli expert in international law and former ambassador of the state of Israel to Canada. He is a former partner in the Tel Aviv law firm of Moshe, Bloomfield, Kobo, Baker & Co. He was a military prosecutor and senior legal adviser in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and represented the Ministry of Defense at international conferences, and then joined the Foreign Ministry as legal adviser. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinians. In January 2012 he was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the three-member committee chaired by former Justice Edmund Levy to examine the legal aspects of land ownership in Judea and Samaria. The committee's report, referred to as the Levy Report, was published in Hebrew by the Israeli government in July 2012.
Baker was born to a traditional Jewish family in Great Britain. He studied law at University College London, where he received his Bachelor of Laws in 1969, when the family immigrated to Israel, and has a Master of Laws in International Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1971).
Baker has represented Israel in international conferences and negotiations, including the preparatory committees and conferences involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 1998, and coordinated Israel’s legal presentation to the International Court of Justice on the issue of Israel’s security barrier in 2004. He is a member of the Israel Bar, the International Law Association, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, and serves as a member of Israel’s panel of arbitrators at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.