Miri Sharon

General Information

Miri Sharon is a Ph.D. candidate at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies in the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, supervised by Prof. Yoav Sapir and Dr. Natalie R. Davidson. 

Miri obtained her LLB in Law & International Relations from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem, and her LLM in Public International Law (cum laude) from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her LLM thesis, supervised by Ms. Patricia Viseur Sellers and Prof. John Dugard, was titled “the Foca Judgment and the Definition of Rape in International Criminal Law – should consent be an element of the crime?” (2001). 

After completing her LLM studies, she joined the Department for International Agreements and International Litigation in the Ministry of Justice of Israel. In 2006 she joined the United Nations Secretariat after successfully passing the national competitive recruitment exams (2003 NCRE/YPP). She worked for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna on the implementation of the Transnational Organized Crime and International Drug Conventions; and on the development and implementation of standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, applying human rights in the criminal justice system. In 2016 she started working as an independent expert and drafted several publications for the United Nations and one for the EU; conducted legal assessments, programme development and project evaluations.



L.L.M (cum laude) Public International Law, International Criminal Law Specialization, Leiden University, the Netherlands (2001)

L.L.B Law and International Relations, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1999)


Professional Experience:

  • Independent expert/individual consultant (2016-2023)           
  • Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer, Justice Section, UNODC (2010-2015)
    Associate Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer, Legal Advisory Section, UNODC (2006-2010)   
  • Coordinator & Staff Lawyer, Concord Research Center for the Integration of International Law in Israel and Concord Clinic, The School of Law, The College of Management Academic Studies (2005-2006)
  • Legal Advisor, the Department for International Agreements and International Litigation, Ministry of Justice, Israel (2001-2005)
  • Criminal Prosecutor, District Attorney's Office, Tel-Aviv (2000)
  • Legal Intern, District Attorney's Office, Tel-Aviv (1999-2000)
  • Legal Intern, JAB & JDC secretariat, UN Headquarters Internship Program, NY (1998)
  • Teaching Assistant, Public International Law, Hebrew University (1998-1999)
  • Project Assistant, Legal Advisor's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-1998)
  • Educator, The National Council for Promoting the Rule of Law and Democracy in Israel (1996-1999).

Full CV


Miri's research deals with the integration of international standards into domestic criminal justice systems, and the role of legal aid providers as agents of reform. 
She seeks to explore the different channels through which non-binding human rights standards are adopted by and integrated into domestic criminal justice systems in law and in practice, and the roles of different actors in promoting such integration. This includes interaction between different legal systems and different international actors.

Research interests

International Human Rights law, Criminal law, International and Supranational Criminal Law, Law and Development.


Shavit Matias, Miri Sharon, The International Criminal Court, (Hebrew) 15 Hamishpat 2003.

Orna Ben-Naftali, Miri Sharon What the ICJ did not say about the Duty to Punish Genocide: The Missing Pieces in a Puzzle, 5 Journal of International Criminal Justice 829-838 (Sept. 2007).

Miri Sharon, The Death Penalty and the United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty (November 2-13, 2011).

Miri Sharon, The United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, International Judicial Monitor, (American Society of International Law, Spring 2013 Issue);

Contribution to UN Women Access to Justice Tool: Module 4 (2018) (Intellectual Property of UN Women).

Drafting of UNODC Handbook on Ensuring Quality of Legal Aid Services in Criminal Justice Processes: practical guidance and promising practices (2019), with prof. Alan Paterson (Intellectual Property of UNODC)  

Drafting of UNODC Assessment Tool – Legal Aid in the Criminal Justice system (forthcoming end 2023, Intellectual Property of UNODC, forthcoming 2024)

Drafting of Medisafe Reference Manual on Legislation on SFMP – an African Perspective (Intellectual Property of the European Union, November 2023)

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