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MichalMichal Ben Gal is a researcher and the Academic coordinator of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa. Michal received her PhD from the University of Haifa (2004). She is a planner (Master of City and Regional Planning, from the Technion, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, 1998) and member in the Israel Planners Association, as well as a lawyer (LL.B. from the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law (2009), and admitted to the Israeli bar in December 2010). Her PhD thesis focused on the Potential of Framing Analysis for Environmental Conflict Management. Her main research interests include regulatory frameworks for emergency situations, and mitigation and facilitation of public and environmental conflicts. At the Minerva Center she is conducting research on the regulation of preparedness for earthquakes. She teaches Law and the Marine Environment at the Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences. Other professional experience includes roles as planner (Ministry of Interior); as planner, mediator, coordinator and adviser for public participation processes for the Emek Hefer Master Plan for Sustainable Development;  an internship  at the Haifa District Attorney's Office; and as a lawyer in the private sector. Michal is also active civically in public issues surrounding planning projects.