Professor Rachelle Alterman – Technion, Israel Institute of Technology - heads the Lab on Comparative Planning Law and Land Policy. She is the Founding President of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights and an Honorary Member of the Association of European Schools of Planning. With degrees in planning and law from Canadian and Israeli universities, Dr. Alterman is regarded a as one of the globally leading scholars in cross-national analysis of planning laws, land use regulations, property rights and planning practices. She heads a large scale research project financed by the European Union titled Mare Nostrum, which focuses on improving the legal and regulatory instruments for integrated coastline management among Mediterranean countries. Alterman has published 10 international books, some 200 academic papers and reports, and has been invited to speak at conferences and seminars in 36 countries. Rachelle is a member of the editorial boards of leading international academic journals and has been a visiting professor at major American and Dutch universities. She shares her knowledge with UN-Habitat, the OECD, the World Bank, and with Chinese, Catalan and Dutch governmental bodies. In Israel her advice is sought by Parliament, government bodies and NGOs, and her publications are frequently cited by the courts.