Ayelet Shachar was born on 4 June 1966. She studied at Tel Aviv University, where she 1993 earned a Bachelor in Law (LL.B.) and a Bachelor in Political Science. A Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1995) and a Doctorate J.S.D. (1997) followed, both from Yale Law School. 1999 Shachar got an appointment at Toronto University, Canada: first as Visiting Professor (1999), then as Assistant Professor (1999-2004) and Associate Professor (2004-2007). From 2007 on Ayelet Shachar was Full Professor of Law, Political Science and Global Affairs and had the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism.
Ayelet Shachar was adjuged fellowships and awards: she has been member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Pronceton (2000-2001); Emilie Noel Senior Fellow at New York University ‘s School of Law (2003); Distinguished Visitor Scholar at Princeton University, Program in Law and Public Affairs (2003); Connaught Research Fellow in the Social Science at the University of Toronto (2005); Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School (2006-2007); Jeremiah Smith Jr. Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2007-2008); Distinguisehd Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Southern California Los Angeles (2008) and Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Mc Gill University in Montréal (2012). 2014 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Since 2015, she is Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her research spans the fields of citizenship theory, immigration law, cultural diversity and women’s rights law, law and religion, highly skilled migration and global inequality.