International Law Forum

What is the International Law Forum?

The International Law Forum is an academic center devoted to the more effective development of international law and policy, by supporting experts and scholars in the field. Since its establishment in 2004, the Forum has sought to provide a medium through which outstanding research, review, public debate, and the widespread dissemination of international law issues could be pursued. 


What are the Forums' Goals?

The Forum aims to facilitate the assembly and dissemination of information pertinent to current developments in International Law. Other activities of the Forum aim to improve the manner in which international law is interpreted, and subsequently utilized by States, from within their domestic spheres.


Forum Activities

In pursuit of its goals, the Forum actively engages interested academics, advanced students, government officials, lawyers and NGO activists from both Israel and abroad, and brings them together in one location to present their research findings and opinions.
The Forums' current range of activities includes:
  1. Weekly seminars: In the seminars, research papers are presented and recent developments in international law are discussed. The program for the coming Semester is available here.
  2. Year in Review: The Forum organizes an annual meeting that aims to discuss the major developments in international law in the passing year. 
  3. International conferences: The Forum organizes conferences  and symposiums on key international law issues and developments. See here to find out more about the next conference. 
  4. Research projects: The Forum initiates the establishment of specific study groups in order to study in-depth specific international law issues. 
  5. Student Activities: such as local and international moot court competitions are co-ordinated through the Forum. Fantastic opportunities to apply for scholarships, or internships with international tribunals may also be advertised. See here.
  6. Publications: The Forum publishes online research papers on international law issues. You can view these papers on the award winning Social Science Research Network site, otherwise known as SSRN. See

Prominent Israeli guest speakers at Forum events have included senior government officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli Supreme Court President, the Israeli Attorney General, and the Israeli Defence Force Advocate General. The regular presence of speakers of this caliber, emphasizes both the size and quality of the Forum, and illustrates one of the many ways in which the Forum encourages interdisciplinary communication- making it an excellent interface between the Israeli and global community, and a vibrant, up-to-date centre from which to disseminate new concepts and information on International Law. 

By engaging scholars from both Israel and abroad, the Forum has established itself as a focal point for research work undertaken worldwide. In 2008-2009 the Forum aims to expand on and secure the services it provides by strengthening its administration and establishing a permanent legal clinic focused on International Law.


Meetings' Program – 1st Semester, 2016-2017

The meetings of the International Law Forum in the coming semester will take place on Tuesdays, 14:30-16:00 at the teachers' seminar room (room 119) in the Faculty of Law. Reading materials will be distributed in advance prior to each meeting. Each meeting will begin by a short presentation by the speaker, followed by a round-table discussion. All meetings will be conducted in English. The meetings' program (which is subject to changes – to be announced in advance) is as follows:





Opening Session:

Brexit, EU Law and International Law

Prof. Malcolm N. Shaw

Prof. Guy Harpaz


International Courts in the Arab World

Prof. Cesare Romano


Updates on Developments in International Law



Justice for Foxes or Justice for Hedgehogs?

Dr. Maria Varaki


WTO Appellate Body

Prof. Rob Howse


Geopolitics and Culture in the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Ms. Vera Shikhelman



Prof. Jan Wouters


National Identities and the Right to SelfDetermination of Peoples: 'Civic Nationalism Plus' in Israel and Other Multinational StatesDr. Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen7/3/17
International Investment Law and International Human Rights

Prof. Moshe Hirsch  

Prof. Steffen Hindelang

Legal advisers during warfare: Film screening and discussion - Eye In the Sky

Major General (Ret.) Danny Efroni

Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch

Updates on Developments in International LawTBA25/4/17
Comparative Law and Human Rights: Why Compare Human Rights?Prof. Samantha Besson9/5/17
TBAProf. Christine Kaufmann13/6/17
A session in honor of Sir Nigel Rodley: The tale of a champion of human rightProf. Yuval Shany27/6/17