Institutes and Centers

A significant part of the academic activity in the law school is organized by institutes and centers that specialize in specific areas. These activities include, among other things, workshops, international conferences, and guest lectures. 

 

This part of the website includes the individual sites of each institute and center, in which you can find complete information on activities, faculty members, and more.

Institutes and Centers

Campus-Community Partnership

For our Website in English please click here 

 
The Campus-Community Partnership was established to promote the mutual commitment of institutions of higher education, students, and the community – to act for social justice and human rights in Israeli society. The Partnership, hosted by the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, serves all institutions of higher education in the state of Israel.
 

We act to:

  • Engage Israeli institutions of higher education with the pressing social issues of the day;
  • Develop the intellectual and social change capabilities of a new generation of Jewish and Arab students who will go on to become active citizens and leaders for social change in their communities;
  • Bring academic knowledge into deeper engagement with community organizations.
 

We integrate the resources and capabilities of students, faculty members, institutions of higher education and social change organizations by:

  • Encouraging institutions of higher education to develop a policy of social engagement;
  • Supporting faculty members in developing community-engaged courses ("service learning courses") that combine theoretical study with student internships in community organizations;
  • Organizing workshops, seminars and conferences to exchange, develop and disseminate knowledge and experience regarding community-engaged learning and campus-community partnerships.
 

SCHOLARSHIP AND ACTIVISM

Since 2006, the Partnership has supported the development of dozens of community-engaged courses integrating Jewish and Arab students' action for social change, social justice and human rights. These courses have been implemented at 15 universities and colleges throughout Israel – from Tel-Hai College in the north, to Ben-Gurion University's Eilat campus in the south. They have encompassed a wide range of disciplines and fields of knowledge including law, sociology, gender studies, human rights, art, music, architecture, regional planning, social work, education, geography, political science, and environmental studies.
 
Community-engaged courses value classroom diversity, enabling rare interaction and dialogue among students from different social groups. The students participating in the courses come from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, and include Jews and Arabs, immigrants and native-born Israelis. For many of these groups the campus is the first and sometimes only site of encounter with the other. Community-engaged courses leverage on this encounter – to promote joint action for social change.
 
Community-engaged courses seek to broaden students' understanding of the social context of their academic studies, guiding them to develop skills for social change and to deepen their civic responsibility. Importantly, these courses promote the empowerment and active citizenship of marginalized social groups, by providing students from underprivileged backgrounds with access to opportunities of service to their home communities.
 
 

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED POLICY

We have encouraged the Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) to adopt policies that enhance and facilitate the social engagement of students, faculty members, and institutions of higher education. Our efforts have led to the allocation by the CHE of resources for promoting the social engagement of institutions of higher education. Together with the CHE, the Partnership has held study days and conferences for heads of institutions of higher education, deans of students, and faculty members.
 
 

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND ADVOCACY

Our work throughout the years has involved the organizing of several venues that bring together faculty members, active students, civil society organizations, and representatives of institutions of higher education. The goal of these venues is to enable knowledge exchange and joint learning about the academy-community relationship, and to foster networks and cooperation among participants. Such venues include:
  •  Workshops for faculty members teaching community-engaged courses or interested in developing such courses, to discuss topics such as service learning pedagogy, work with civil society organizations and evaluation.
  • Student seminars, both local and national, to encourage and enhance Jewish and Arab students' action in social change organizations, focusing on issues such as critical pedagogy, community organizing, legal aid, and human rights advocacy.
  • An annual conference for all stakeholders in campus-community programs, to present knowledge about engaged policies, best practices, and research of community-engaged courses.

 

 

Tel.

+972 (0)2-588-1389 

 

Fax

+972 (0)2-588-2968

 

E-Mail

campuschange@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Address

Campus-Community Partnership

Faculty of Law

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501 Israel

 

i-Core

The Center for Empirical Legal Studies of Decision Making and the Law brings together researchers from different fields from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The Center is an initiative of the government of Israel to generate innovative empirical legal research, particularly in the field of decision making and the law. The Center is expected to make a significant intellectual and practical contribution both from an intellectual and a practical perspective. With respect to the former, the studies conducted in the Center shed new light on ongoing debates regarding the way in which the law influences behavior. They answer questions such as: are people rational or are their decisions biased in a systematic fashion; and does the law function merely as a price-setting device, or does it affect behavior in other, more subtle ways? As to the latter, the findings of the studies will likely lend themselves to numerous concrete policy debates. The Center is supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation.

   

i-Core Website

 

 

 

Institute of Criminology

The Institute of Criminology offers graduate courses, for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, to graduates of social science, law, and other related fields. Each year, between 50 and 70 students are admitted to the graduate program. Along with the Institute's own teaching and research staff, additional teachers are recruited from the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences, other research universities, and professionals who work in the criminal justice field.

The Institute also functions as a research institute. Current research projects include: family violence; rape; white-collar crime; organized crime; women and crime; police violence; police responses to terrorism; explaining crime at place, cross-cultural comparison of aggression and violence; violence in hospital emergency wards; crime among immigrants; drug policy; situational crime prevention; police undercover work; environmental responses to crime; prison terms served in the community; history of social control systems; sociology of law and welfare regulation; sociology of human rights; responses to human rights violations; prisoners' rights; juvenile justice; community control of crime and delinquency; the victim and the criminal justice system.

The Institute cooperates with various criminal justice and welfare agencies in Israel, particularly by organizing symposia, lectures and research consultations. Members of the Institute are active in various national and international scholarly organizations, such as the Israel Council of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology, the Campbell Collaboration, the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and the Deviance and Social Control Committee of the International Sociological Association. Institute faculty members are active in publishing in international as well as Israeli journals, and serve as editors or on the editorial boards of major international journals in the fields of criminology, sociology of law, and victimology. The Journal of Experimental Criminology is housed in the Institue.

An annual public lecture or symposium is held in memory of the founder of the Institute, the late Professor Israel Drapkin. Recent topics have included drug policy, political crime, and policing.

 
 

The Institute of Criminology website (soon)

Institute of Jewish Law

The Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is located on Mount Scopus, in one of the original buildings of the Hebrew University, built in 1925. Since its inception in 1963, on the initiative of the then deputy to the President of the Israel Supreme Court, Prof. (emeritus) Menachem Elon, it is now occupies a leading place in the teaching and researching of Jewish Law. The Institute’s affiliation with both the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Jewish Studies reflects its founders’ goal of combining the research methods in Jewish Law with the classical methods of Jewish Studies. Over the past forty years, the Institute has made major contributions to academic research in the area of Jewish Law and is considered a leader in its field.


The Institute’s main achievements have been in four areas:

  1. It has trained a generation of first-rate scholars, now occupying key positions in Jewish Law research and instruction at universities all over the country.
  2. Books and studies have been published in a wide variety of topics, on a high level of academic excellence. These publications have, among other things, made the literature and sources of Jewish Law more readily available to teachers, students and legal personnel. A monumental undertaking in this area is the responsa index project, aimed at indexing responsa literature in the period of the rishonim (i.e., prior to the fifteenth century).
  3. The Institute publishes a Hebrew Annual of Jewish Law, Shenaton ha-Mishpat ha-Ivri, which is now firmly established as the premier publication in the field. The twenty-five volumes published hitherto present a diversity of studies by scholars of the first rank on classical and modern subjects of Jewish Law. Recently, the Institute was handed over the Jewish Law Annual (English), its future volumes will be published as a part of the Institute’s publications.
  4. The Institute’s library owns a unique, rich and varied collection of volumes in all areas of Halakhic literature, Jewish Law research and related subjects, now considered the most important library of its kind in this country and indeed in the whole world. Its services are at the disposal of students, scholars and jurists.

Recently, the Institute was honored when the Emet Prize 2011 was awarded to two of the senior researchers of the Institute, Prof. Eliav Shochetman and Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz.

 

The Institute of Jewish Law website

 

Minerva Center for Human Rights

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Law is the preeminent academic center in Israel devoted to human rights research and education. Engaging government, civil society and local and international academia, the Center serves as themost important hub in Israel for practical and theoretical discourse on current local and global human rights dilemmas. 

The Center provides outstanding Hebrew University students with unequaled academic and practical tools necessary for them to fulfill key roles in Israeli society as leaders in public service, as educators and researchers, and as pioneers of social change.

The Minerva Center for Human Rights places great emphasis on developing platforms for collaborations between Israeli students, scholars and practitioners and their international counterparts, in order to generate awareness of, and discourse with, comparative academic reflection, historical experience and cultural perspectives. Partners in recent Minerva projects have included Freie Universität Berlin and Göttingen University in Germany, George Washington University and Georgetown University in the United States, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, University of Fribourg in Switzerland, McGill University in Canada, European University Institute, National University of Rwanda and others.

Each year the Center brings to Jerusalem dozens of leading international human rights scholars and practitioners to lecture at conferences and symposia or teach intensive courses. In addition, in recent years the Center has initiated projects in which Hebrew University students have participated in conferences, courses and study tours in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Rwanda, Canada and the United States.

The Center's activities include –

  • A fully-funded multidisciplinary international PhD program in human rights with Freie Universität Berlin – the first-ever PhD program in human rights in Israel, and the first joint German-Israeli PhD program (in any field) ever funded by the German Research Foundation. 
  • The only Postdoctoral Fellowships in Israel devoted to human rights research.
  • The only research grants offered to all Israeli scholars engaged in human rights-related research, on a competitive basis, through an annual national call for proposals.
  • TheIsrael Law Review, a leading international journal of human rights, international and public law (published by Cambridge University Press).
  • Numerous international conferences, symposia, guest lectures and workshops each year, on a wide range of current local and global human rights issues.
  • Academic courses, summer schools, internships and international study trips for top Hebrew University students.
  • An ongoing, closed, structured consultation mechanism between government and civil society professionals on pressing domestic human rights dilemmas, under the Center's leadership and auspices.

Minerva Center for Human Rights Website

 

Sacher Institute

The Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law was established in 1959. Its broad range of activities ever since has been supported by a generous donation from the Sacher Family. The Institute serves as a prominent research arm of the Faculty of Law, as well as a publishing house (the leading in Israel) for legal academic publications.

In its first years, the Institute assisted the Israeli Ministry of Justice and other official agencies in the preparation of legislative materials and by writing commentaries on proposed bills. Today the Institute engages with (and supports) legal research in a variety of fields, through the following means:

Books: The Institute has published hundreds of books and monographs, written mainly in Hebrew, by leading Israeli scholars in all areas of law. We continue to publish books on an ongoing basis, based on a peer-review process that ensures the highest academic level.

Conferences: The Institute organizes international and national conferences, in Israel and abroad, in cooperation with local and foreign research centers, and occasionally sponsors conferences organized by members of the Faculty.

Research Support: The Institute grants each year a post-doctoral fellowships that allows a junior researcher to develop his/her research under the auspices of the Institute, while engaging with Faculty members and becoming integrated in the rich academic activity of the Faculty. In addition, the Institute provides funding for research studies performed by Faculty members.

Journals: Three academic journals are published under the auspices of the Institute: “Misphatim”, the main publication of the Faculty, edited by its students; “Hukim”, a journal focusing on legislative proposals and commentaries; and “Israel Criminology”, the journal of the Israeli Association of Criminology. 

  

  

The Harry and Michael Sacher Institute website

The Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research

The Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research facilitates, encourages, and coordinates cutting-edge interdisciplinary legal research by scholars from the Faculty of Law, other Hebrew University faculties, and from around the globe.



The Faculty of Law
Established in 1949 as the first law school in Israel, the Faculty of Law is the alma mater of the vast majority of Israeli Supreme Court justices, Israel’s most prominent legal scholars, senior government officials and legal practitioners. The Faculty of Law strives for excellence in research. Many faculty members hold graduate degrees from leading international universities and spend time teaching or conducting research abroad. Legal research at the Faculty has a theoretical and interdisciplinary focus, and scholarly work produced by members of the Faculty of Law figures prominently in leading legal journals.



Aharon Barak

Aharon Barak is the most prominent lawyer, legal scholar, and judge in Israel of his generation. A full professor at the Hebrew University at the age of 36, even prior to this Barak was already known as an international expert in civil law, chairing important international committees in this field. Barak was appointed as Attorney General of Israel at age 39, and three years later (in 1978) he was appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court. In 1995, he was nominated as the President of the Supreme Court of Israel and he served in this position until his retirement in 2006. Barak is considered to be one of the most brilliant and fruitful legal scholars of our time. As a Judge, Barak was the driving force behind the fundamental transformation of Israeli law throughout the last 30 years and the rise of the Supreme Court as an influential and central institution in the protection of democratic values in the Israeli polity. His decisions have shaped almost every field of law, and have had profound impact on the status of this court among the international legal community. While Barak began his career as an expert in civil and commercial law, as a judge he soon became the most influential figure on the bench in public and constitutional law. Subsequently, Barak became increasingly interested in international law and his rulings in this field are now studied by lawyers and scholars around the world. Throughout his career as a judge Barak did not cease his work as a legal scholar and published numerous books on legal interpretation and methodology—some of which have been translated to several languages.


Barak began his association with the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University as a law student in 1955, going on to become a faculty member and a Dean of the Faculty in 1974-1975. As an Attorney General and Justice of the Supreme Court, Barak continued to teach at the Faculty, and he regards the Faculty not only as his Alma Mater but also as his intellectual home. It was thus only natural that upon Barak's retirement from the bench, the Faculty decided to honor his commitment and devotion to the Hebrew University and his contributions to Israeli law and society through the establishment of the Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research.


For detailed CV, see here



The Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research

This Center seeks to honor and expand the legacy of Aharon Barak through excellence in interdisciplinary legal research. 

In today’s legal world, legal research is almost always intertwined with research in other disciplines such as economics, sociology and psychology; history, philosophy, and literature. Legal research today also entails collaboration between researchers (both lawyers and social scientists) from different legal and cultural systems. The Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University includes internationally renowned experts in such fields as economic analysis of law, law and criminology, philosophy of law, and behavioral legal studies. 

The Barak Center provides the institutional and organizational framework that enables the Hebrew University to operate in the competitive global environment of contemporary academia. It does so by providing research grants and support for research groups, conferences, and doctoral students who use interdisciplinary methodology for the study of law. The Center aims, in particular, to answer the growing need for competitive working conditions in Israeli academia for brilliant young legal academics who specialize in interdisciplinary research and to enable the Faculty to increase its participation and influence within the global legal-academic community.
 


Structure
The Barak Center is part of the Faculty of Law, and is operated according to Hebrew University regulations for research centers. Aharon Barak serves as the Center’s honorary President. The Academic Director of the Center is appointed from among members of the Faculty, and an Academic Committee sets Center goals and policies and supervises its activities and budgets. 

Professor Assaf Hamdani serves as the Center’s inaugural Academic Director. Professor Alon Harel is Chair of the Center’s Academic Committee. Other members of the Academic Committee include scholars who specialize in various aspects of interdisciplinary legal studies, from the Faculty of Law, the Institute of Criminology, the Center for the Study of Rationality, the School of Education, and the department of International Relations.



Activities
Research Grants: The Center offers research grants to encourage new and innovative interdisciplinary legal research.

Fellowships: The Center offers fellowships to LL.M. and Ph.D. students to encourage the use of interdisciplinary methodology in legal research. In addition, the Center offers postdoctoral fellowships and hosts postdoctoral scholars from abroad.

International Activities: The Center encourages international collaboration between Hebrew University faculty members and scholars from abroad by supporting international conferences.

Academic Publications: The Center supports the publication of books, journals and internet bulletins in relevant research areas. It also supports academic seminars, conferences and forums and, when appropriate, subsequently publishes the resulting collection of papers.

The Clinical Legal Education Center

The Clinical Legal Education Center in the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem provides a unique learning experience that integrates academic studies with practical work.

 

Based on the belief that the law is a public resource that should be enjoyed by every person in society, and that every individual is therefore entitled to access to justice and due process, the Center provides pro-bono legal services to a variety of groups in society. Among the groups we provide aid to, are people with disabilities, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers, people setting up small businesses, members of the Arab community, youth at risk, individuals subjected to criminal proceedings or those requesting a retrial, ultra-Orthodox women, new immigrant populations, members of the LGTB community and others as well.

 

This legal assistance is provided by law students under the supervision of top attorneys who constitute the Center's staff.

 

You can contact us by phone at 02-5882554, by fax at 02-5882544 or by e-mail at law_clinics@savion.huji.ac.il.

 

You can also follow us on Facebook.

  

  

The Clinical Legal Education Center website (soon)

The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program

 

The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program brings together scholars, research fellows and doctoral students from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law and the Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, in order to promote groundbreaking academic research in the field of information technology, law and criminology, which can cultivate collaboration between academia, industry and government. Specifically, the program studies, through using truly inter-disciplinary methods the prevention and regulation of cyber threats and related law enforcement challenges.

As cyberspace — the online world of computer networks and the internet — evolves, so too are associated aspects such as global connectivity, access to data, vulnerable technologies and anonymity, which facilitate the spread of disruptive cyber activities, which have the potential for causing significant damage, and put basic individual rights, such as privacy, under considerable pressure. This has led to a growing debate concerning the very nature of information technology and its influence on the development of new legal doctrine. Since law and law enforcement were primarily developed to resolve activities of a physical nature that occur within a specific territory, today’s transition to a cyberspace has created new challenges which need to be considered within novel parameters of space, reality and dynamics.

New doctrines are being researched in The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program in several fields of study. For example in international law, issues pertaining to the law of war —devised to regulate wars between standing armies — now need to be extended to cover the uncharted territory of cyber warfare and internet terrorism. In the field of human rights too, concepts of privacy and freedom of expression must be reconceived to address surveillance and information dissemination activities in cyberspace for which there are no precedents, given the immense scope and reach of data flows. Likewise, in criminology, new models need to be developed to address the distinct features of cybercrimes, which differ vastly from traditional crimes, as well as the possibilities and risks of harnessing the internet to combat traditional crime. And in the field of intellectual property the new digital environment creates numerous new challenges in the areas of patent protection, knowhow copyrights and trademarks.

While the law has responded to the challenges arising from information technologies in some areas, in general it has failed to keep up with — and, moreover, preempt — the rapidly evolving developments in information technology. Clearly, there is an urgent need for a new and wholly comprehensive focus on conceptual and practical research. Since Israeli science in general, and computer scientists of the Hebrew University in particular, are longtime leaders in all aspects of internet security and robustness, it is only fitting that their colleagues in the field of law should assume a similar leadership role in the development of legal theory for the cyber era. Here too, the Faculty of Law's intellectual approach is interdisciplinary, with its participants coming from diverse fields such as international law, human rights, military law, intellectual property, and criminology, and interacting with computer science and other forms of scholarship.
 

 

The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program Website 

Cyberlaw Program Workshop Schedule

 

The Transitional Justice Program

The Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Program 

Transitional Justice is a multidisciplinary field of contemporary research and practice. It is concerned with the study of processes that can enable societies that have suffered from widespread human rights violations (as a result of severe political and social disruption, armed conflict, military rule, authoritarian regimes, or even genocide) to transition successfully to sustainable conditions of peace, reconciliation, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. Such processes may include truth-seeking, acknowledgement, accountability, apologies, reparations, constitutional reform, community empowerment and redistribution of resources, among others.

The Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Program was established by the Hebrew University's Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law in 2011 as a long-term interdisciplinary program for research, education and outreach activities related to transitional justice. It is the first academic program in Israel devoted to the field. 

The Program draws on the rich comparative experience accrued in the field globally over the last several decades, and to the contribution of scholars, practitioners and institutions from other conflict/reconciliation settings around the world. However, whereas "classic" transitional justice theory and practice has focused on post-conflict transitions, the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Program also seeks to explore the field’s potential during the course of an active conflict and the contributions it can make to the processes leading to a political settlement – with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian context.

The Program includes both introductory transitional justice courses as part of the Hebrew University's Law Faculty undergraduate curriculum, and an English-language MA program in human rights and transitional justice at the Faculty of Law. It also offers unique student workshops and international study tours to regions of transition (such as Rwanda, Northern Ireland and Cyprus); conferences, symposia and workshops with leading international and local scholars and civil society and government practitioners; and scholarships for minority students. 

The Program benefits from the generous support of the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Initiative, and from the guidance of an International Advisory Board of leading scholars and practitioners in the field. 

Visit our website to learn more

 

Academic Forums and Workshops

Crime Group

The Jerusalem Crime Group is an interdisciplinary forum drawing together scholars from law and the social sciences with a strong interest in research and policy in the field of criminal justice. The group was established to encourage serious cross-disciplinary engagement with complex law enforcement challenges, and as a vehicle for developing critical and innovative academic and policy analysis of core problems facing the criminal justice system. Drawing on its members’ expertise in legal theory, criminal law, criminology, sociology, psychology and research methods, the Group provides a unique forum for critically examining problems that span law and the various social sciences. The Group also encourages engagement between academia and practice by inviting contributions from theoretically minded practitioners, who draw on extensive practical experience with the operation of the criminal justice system. Working papers written by members of the Group and with its support are circulated and discussed by the forum. Papers funded by the Group and discussed in this forum have been published in leading journals in their respective fields.

 

The group meets to discuss its members’ works in progress. Past meetings were devoted to issues such as white-collar crime, speech-related offences, “sentencing lotteries,” the art of the interview in criminology, and Israel’s recent sentencing guideline reform. The group also welcomes foreign criminal law and criminology scholars to take part in its activities.

 

In June, 2015 the Group will conduct a two-day  international conference, bringing together scholars from around the world to discuss “Effective Law Enforcement Initiatives,” with a focus on empirically-based research.

 

The Group’s activities are generously supported by the Lord Taylor Fund, established by the British Friends of the Hebrew University Law School.

 

The forum is co-chaired by Dr. Barak Ariel (Criminology: barak.ariel@mail.huji.ac.il) and Dr. Binyamin Blum (Law: blum@huji.ac.il)

Publications:

No. Title Author
1 Good for What Purpose?: Social Science, Race and Proportionality Review in New Jersey Prof. David Weisbrud
2 The regulation of speech: a normative investigation of criminal law prohibitions of speech Prof. Alon Harel
3

Breach of Public Trust - Should it be a Crime?

Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
4 On Hate and Equality Prof. Alon Harel and Gideon Parchomovsky
5 Crime and the perception of social stress and solidarity: the role of education Prof. Simha F. Landau
6 A Failure to Prevent Crime-Should it be criminal? Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
7 Can Freedom of Expression Survive Social Trauma? The Israeli Experience Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
8 Reliance on a Lawyer's Mistaken Advice-Should it be an Excuse from Criminal Liability? Prof. Miri Gur-Arye
9 Senior Public Figure Offenders and the Criminal Justice System: The Public's Perception Prof. Simha F. Landau, Prof. Leslie Sebba and Prof. David Weisbrud
10 Child Protection or Child Liberation? Reflections on the Movement to Ban Physical Punishment by Parents and Educators Prof. Leslie Sebba

European Law Forum

Intellectual Property, Law and Technology Forum

The Faculty’s Intellectual Property Forum focuses on research and public activities in the areas of IP. The Forum emphasizes critical, interdisciplinary and comparative research in the area of IP. The faculty’s team in the area of IP incudes: Dr. Katya Assaf, Dr. Guy Pessach and Dr. Michal Shur-Ofry. In addition to an ongoing IP workshop, the forum hosts visiting professors in the area of IP and collaborates with other bodies and research centers dedicated to the area of IP.


Visiting professors in recent years included: Professor Martin Adelman (George Washington University); Professor Jane Ginsburg (Columbia University); Professor Katherine Strandburg (NYU); Professor Barton Beebe (NYU) and Sir Robin Jacob (UCL).


The forum also spearheads an annual advanced IP research seminar in collaboration with WIPO – the World Intellectual Property Organization which brings together research students and professors from a variety of universities including: The Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich; VU University of Amsterdam; the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich; the School of Law, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg; the Department of Commercial Law, HANKEN School of Economics, Helsinki; the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University; the School of Law, University of Geneva; the Stanford Law School (SLS), Stanford University, California; University of Connecticut, Hartford.


For further information and inquires please contact: Dr. Guy Pessach at guy.pessach@mail.huji.ac.il

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 http://papers.ssrn.com.


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 2018-2019

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:   

1st Semester

Date Speakers

Topics

23/10/2018

Prof. Malcolm N. Shaw

Opening Session:

Provisional Measures before the International Court of Justice: Where are We Headed?

6/11/2018

Prof. Joel Trachtman

Cyber Security International Law to Protect

Civilians from Foreign Governments in Peacetime.

20/11/2018

TBA

Updates on Developments in International Law.

11/12/2018

Mr. Raphael Schaefer

International Law’s Historiographical Turn and the

Reading of History.

18/12/2018

Prof. Yuval Shany

Duelling for Supremacy: International Law and

Israeli Law

31/12/2018

 

Year in Review in International Law - Annual Conference.

8/1/2019

Dr. Ruvi Ziegler

Political Rights of "Aliens".

15/1/2019

Dr. Doreen Lustig

Codifying the Laws of War to Uphold Empire 1856-1874.

2st Semester

19/03/2019

Adv. Yuval Kaplinsky

Extradition Challenges - Can Expulsion be an Alternative?

26/03/2019

Prof. Moshe Hirsch

Cognitive Sociology and Coping with Racial Discrimination in International Law

 

2/04/2019

Prof. Eyal Benvenisti

Codifying the Laws of War to Uphold Empire 1856-1874

14/05/2019

Prof. Andrea Bjorklund

Foreign Investors’ Responsibilities and Contributory Fault in Investment Arbitration

21/05/2019

Updates Meeting:

Mr. Yahly Shershevski

Adv. Tal Mimran

 

Use of force by the IDF in the Gaza Border

Home Demolitions Policy 

04/06/2019

Prof. Rob Howse

State Responsibility for the Impact of Terrorism on Foreign Investors: the Ampal v. Egypt Dispute 

11/06/2019

Prof. Andrea Bianchi

The Unbearable Lightness of International Law

 

 

hope to see you all at the meetings!

 


We thank the following funds for their generous support:
Dr. Emilio von Hofmannsthal Fund
Hersch Lauterpacht Fund
Bruce W. Wayne Chair Fund

 

 

Other forums and conventions

Final event of the National Competition on International Humanitarian Law

Dear Colleagues, 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pleased to invite you to the final event of the Seventh National Competition on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for students in Israel.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 16:45 at Mishkenot Sha'ananim – Jerusalem. An invitation is attached here.

Please RSVP to: eaboresi@icrc.org

We look forward to seeing you

The Joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Forum

ALMA and the Radzyner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to the next session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on October 30, 2013, at 18:30 in room S4 in the IDC.

In this session Adv. Yaniv Roznai will present his new paper:

"Cracking the Nuc" in the Legal Field: An Israeli Attack on Iran's Nuclear Facilities From an International Law Perspective


Workshop- Economic and Social Rights in National Constitutions

The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations and the Department of International Relations (Doctoral Workshop) will be hosting on Tuesday, June 17, 2013,  Prof, Courtney Jung from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Jung will deliver a talk on "Economic and Social Rights in National Constitutions".  The talk will take place within the framework of the doctoral workshop for IR Ph.D. students, on Tuesday June 17, 2013, between 1630 and 1800 in Room 5420 Social Sciences.

 

Conference- Law & Security: Perspectives from the Field and Beyond

An invitation is attached here.

Criminal law workshop event - torture

On Monday, June 17th, the Criminal Law workshop will host prof. David Luban (Georgetown   university), who will present a chapter from his book: Defining Torture in Law and in Life.

The workshop will take place between 18:30-20:00 in room 119 at the Law Faculty building.

The Fiscal Crisis and how it has changed the EU: A Legal Perspective

Prof. Dr. Jörn Axel Kämmerer (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg) will discuss the topic this Tuesday (June 11th).

See attached invitation.

A workshop on the history of international law

On Tuesday, May 28th, The workshop on the history of law would be hosting prof. Rande Kostal from the University of Western Ontario.

Prof. Kostal will present his book: 

Laying Down the Law:  The United States and the Legal Reconstruction of Germany and Japan, 1945-49

Excerpts from his book are attached here.

The workshop will be conducted at 16:30-18:00 at room 119.

Research

Call for Pre-Proposals

See the attached file.

  

SSRN Publications of Forum Members

Moot courts and competitions

ICRC

ICRC National Competition

The National IHL Competition is a four-day event organized by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent delegation in Israel. During the competition, teams of three students from different Israeli academic institutions participate in several rounds of simulations that not only test their knowledge of international humanitarian law but also their ability to apply it to real-life situations (such as giving legal advice on the legitimacy of bombing a bridge which is used to transport weapons to enemy troops but is also essential to the delivery of essential food supplies to the civilian population). 

The object and purpose of the event is to educate and familiraise students with the different aspects and delicate balances within IHL. The students are not only required to acquire a vast knowledge in international law and in particular in IHL, but they also to learn how to advocate such rules in accordance with their role in the simulations.The object and purpose of the event is to educate and familiraise students with the different aspects and delicate balances within IHL. The students are not only required to acquire a vast knowledge in international law and in particular in IHL, but they also to learn how to advocate such rules in accordance with their role in the simulations. 

The winning team will receive the IHL Competition Award and will be granted a prize by the organizing committee - sponsorship to the Pictet international IHL competition (provided that the team applies and is admitted to the latter competition separately). It is noteworthy that ever since the beginning of the national competition, at least one Israeli team has managed to get admitted to the international competition. Moreover, the Israeli national competition has produced the winning team of the international competition in 2010 and 2011 (the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya) and in 2012 the two teams respresnting Israeli academic institutions have made it to the semi-final (Hebrew University and Interdisciplinary Center). 

Troughout the years, many team representing Israeli academic institutions have participated in the competition (including Haifa University, Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University, Sha'arei Mishpat College, Ramat-Gan College, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Ono Academic College and College of Management). 

Each participating team is trained by coaches provided by their hosting academic institutions and are granted academic points for their participation in the competition. 

Jessup

Jessup Moot Court Competition 

About Jessup

The Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world. Students from more than 80 countries and 550 law schools compete each year in regional competitions for the distinction of proceeding to the International Rounds. Held every spring in Washington, D.C, the International Rounds are conducted together with the Annual Conference of theAmerican Society of International Law (ASIL). The Competition is organized by the International Law Student Association (ILSA). Simulating a fictional dispute between States brought before the International Court of Justice – the judicial organ of the United Nations – the competition requires each participating team to prepare detailed oral and written pleadings, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Thousands of law students from all around the world work yearlong on the Jessup problem, which tackles crucial questions of international law. Only one Israeli team can advance to the international rounds. Usually, a national competition is held annually in Tel Aviv for the purpose of determining which school team should proceed. The Hebrew University has participated in Jessup since 2007, and has since claimed the uninterrupted honour of proceeding to the International Championships. Hebrew University students have additionally demonstrated to be extremely talented in their international performances. In 2008, they achieved sixth place (from approximately 90 teams) in the preliminary rounds, and advanced automatically to the octo-final rounds; whilst in 2009 the Hebrew University team was rated amongst the top twenty-four teams (from approximately 110 teams), and went on to participate in the advanced rounds. Several team members have also been entered on the list of the top 100 oralists, and the team's memorials were graded among the top 15 (11th place in 2008, 13th place in 2009). The 2010-2011 team won all four rounds in the preliminary stages and was ranked 8. The team went to compete in the advanced rounds and for the first time in the Faculty’s history made it to the quarter-finals. Their written memorials were ranked among the top 10 best written submission (10th place). The 2011-2012 team continued this tradition of success, finishing the preliminary rounds in 7th place and its written submissions being ranked 6th. More recently, the 2012-2013 team equalled the University's record by reaching the quarter-finals of the competition – losing to the competition finalists – in a year in which over 550 institutions around the world participated. For the first time, all the University's oralists eligible for ranking finished in the top 50. Most recently, the 2013-2014 Hebrew University team narrowly lost on a split decision to the finalist team in the competition. Competition organizers and judges have been repeatedly and deeply impressed by the excellent performance of Hebrew University students.

For more information, see the Jessup site: http://www.ilsa.org/jessup

Hebrew University Teams

Hebrew University Jessup teams consist of 4 to 5 specially selected students from the Faculty of Law, who spend the year receiving intensive training in International Law. Particular attention is paid to improving research, writing, and litigation skills of contestants under the tutelage of Adv Tal Mimran and Ori Pomson (2014-2015).

After committing themselves to a period of substantial research during the fall semester, the Jessup team prepares written memorials addressed to the International Court of Justice based on the competition’s case (the Compromis). The team then presents oral arguments at the Regional Competition in Tel Aviv, which takes place in February of the competition year. The team who wins the Regional Competition proceeds to the International Rounds in Washington D.C.

If you are interested in pursuing an opportunity to partake in Jessup please contact Shannon Kisch at: kischdrs@gmail.com

The Current Team 2017-2018

Coaches: Adv. Shannon Kisch and Yedida Jacobs

  naama

Naama Weiss

Naama Weiss, age 24, is a first year student in the joint program for Law and History. She fulfilled her high school education in the ALEH (על"ה) High School in Lod, and grow up in Kefar Ben Non (כפר בן נון) (a Moshav near Latrun). After high school Naama volunteered for national service in the "Machannot Haolim" (מחנות העולים) youth movement, in which she experienced personal growth, and continued and volunteered for army service in which she was part of the "Shechakim" (שחקים) course in the 8200 unit. Additionally, Naama teaches debating in high schools and volunteers in The Movement for Quality of Government in Israel.    

 

  smadar

Smadar Dror

Smadar is a second year student in the joint program for Law and History. She fulfilled her national service as a Psychotechnical diagnostician interviewer in the recruitment office. Last year Smadar volunteered in the "Briera" (ברירה) and "Paamonim" (פעמונים) organizations. For the past three years she has been volunteering in the "Adopt a Grandparent" project assisting an elderly woman. Additionally, Smadar has began volunteer work for the special committee for the implementation of government information accessibility and the principles of public transparency headed by the MK Stav Shfir.   

 

  aviel

Aviel Gordis

Aviel is a first year student in the joint program for Law and Amirim (אמירים) excellence program. Prior to his military service, Aviel attended the Ein Prat Mechina (מכינת עין פרת) for academic leadership. He fulfilled his army service in a classified combat unit in the intelligence department. He completed his army service ranking as a major and received Chief of General Staff award of excellence. Additionally, Aviel participated in the Faith to Faith program of the United Religions Initiative. 

 

  guy

Guy Manor

Guy is a third year student in the Law faculty, fulfilling a unit in English literature in addition. In his first year at university he interned in the office of a member of Knesset. During his second year Guy participated in the "Law and Theater" workshop, in which he wrote and preformed the music which accompanied the show put on by the faculty's students. Guy participated in an exchange program and studied a semester in the National University of Taiwan. Today, Guy is a teaching assistant in the "Advanced International Law" course.

 

  michael

Michael Cohen-Ad

Michael is a first-year student in the joint program of Law and Sociology-Anthropology. After graduating high school, he went to Shnat Sherut (Service Year) in Migdal Ha'Emek and was involved in educational missions. As part of his National Service, he worked for two years in ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, in the Advocacy and Support Center. Currently, he is a participant in the HIAS Israel Organization Pro-Bono program of assistance and legal representation for asylum seekers (named after Michael B. Rukin).

 

Jessup Archive

Jessup Archive

Jessup Moot Court Competition 

About Jessup

The Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world. Students from more than 80 countries and 550 law schools compete each year in regional competitions for the distinction of proceeding to the International Rounds. Held every spring in Washington, D.C, the International Rounds are conducted together with the Annual Conference of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The Competition is organized by the International Law Student Association (ILSA).

Simulating a fictional dispute between States brought before the International Court of Justice- the judicial organ of the United Nations, the competition requires each participating team to prepare detailed oral and written pleadings, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Thousands of law students from all around the world work yearlong on the Jessup problem, which tackles crucial questions of international law. Only one Israeli team can advance to the international rounds. A national competition is held annually in Tel Aviv for the purpose of determining which school team should proceed. The Hebrew University has participated in Jessup since 2007, and has since claimed the uninterrupted honour of proceeding to the International Championships. Hebrew University students have additionally proved extremely talented in their international performances. In 2008, they achieved sixth place (from approximately 90 teams) in the preliminary rounds, and advanced automatically to the octo-final rounds; whilst in 2009 the Hebrew University team was rated amongst the top twenty-four teams (from approximately 110 teams), and went on to participate in the advanced rounds. Several team members have also been entered on the list of the top 100 oralists, and the team's memorials were graded among the top 15 (11th place in 2008, 13th place in 2009). The 2010-2011 team won all four rounds in the preliminary stages and was ranked 8. The team went to compete in the advanced rounds and for the first time in the school's history has made it to the quarter-finals. Their written memorials were ranked among the top 10 best written submission (10th place). The 2011-2012 team continued this tradition of success, finishing the preliminary rounds in 7th place and its written submissions being ranked 6th. Most recently, the 2012-2013 team equalled the University's record by reaching the quarter-finals of the competition – losing to the competition finalists – in a year in which over 550 institutions around the world participated. For the first time, all the University's oralists eligible for ranking finished in the top 50: David Zlotogorski (36), Ori Pomson (36) and Maya Freund (41). Competition organizers and judges have been repeatedly and deeply impressed by the excellent performance of Hebrew University students.


For more information, see the Jessup site: http://www.ilsa.org/jessup


 
Hebrew University Teams

 

Hebrew University Jessup teams consist of 4 to 5 specially selected students from the Faculty of Law, who spend the year receiving intensive training in International Law. Particular attention is paid to improving research, writing, and litigation skills of contestants under the tutelage of Adv. Tal Mimran and Ori Pomson (2013-2014).

 

After committing themselves to a period of substantial research during the fall semester, the Jessup team prepares written memorials addressed to the International Court of Justice based on the competition’s case (the Compromis). The team then presents oral arguments at the Regional Competition in Tel Aviv, which takes place in February of the competition year. The team who wins the Regional Competition proceeds to the International Rounds in Washington D.C.

 

If you are interested in pursuing an opportunity to partake in Jessup please contact Ori Pomson at: ori.pomson@mail.huji.ac.il

 

 

The Current Team 2014-2015

 

Coaches: Adv. Tal Mimran and Ori Pomson

  

  Talila Devir

 

Talila is a second year student in the joint law and international relations program at the Hebrew University. For the past year and a half, Talila has been volunteering at the Jerusalem centre for assisting refugees and asylum seekers in realising their rights. Talila studied for two years at an international high school in Costa Rica which is part of the United World College education movement. During these two years, Talila volunteered in a number of programs, including clown care in Nicaragua, providing sports activities for persons with disabilities through the Special Olympics program and teaching Hebrew at the international school. Talila did her military service in a unit in the intelligence branch and also served as a commander in an advanced training course. During her service, Talila volunteered in providing educational assistance in the Mesila centre.

     
  Tamar Drori

 

Tamar is a second year student in the joint law and international relations program at the Hebrew University. Tamar studied at the Mevo’ot Irron school, where she participate in the “Eina’im Aherot” program for promoting strengthening of ties between Jewish and Arab youths, which included her participating in delegation to New York. In addition, Tamar volunteered in the Magen David Adom organisation. Tamar served in the IDF Spokesperson Brigade, where she worked in the printed press department and alongside the most senior journalists and editors in Israel. Following her military service, Tamar volunteered for a number of months in a children’s centre in Arusha, Tanzania. In her first year at the Hebrew University, Tamar participated in the Model United Nations society and represented it in competitions. Additionally, Tamar participated in the Department of International Relation’s debate society.

     
  Danny Rosenblatt

 

Danny is a third year student in the law faculty. He emigrated from the United States after high school, and following army service completed his bachelor’s degree in history at Bar Ilan University before commencing his legal studies at the Hebrew University. He represented the faculty at the annual European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) in The Hague during his second year, where he was awarded best delegate. Danny currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Israel Law Review.

     
  Daniel Shil Szriber

 

Daniel is an LL.M. student specialising in international law. Daniel graduated from the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. During his studies, he worked as an intern in different Brazilian law offices specialising in commercial law, M&A and arbitration. Additionally, as an undergraduate student, Daniel took part in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as a researcher, speaker and assistant coach. Daniel was also a co-founder and the first vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Arbitration Students (ABEARB).

     
 

Nir Weintraub

 

Nir is a third year student at the Law Faculty and has received bachelor’s degrees in international relations and communication. Nir was born in Jerusalem and lived in the United States until the age of 10, when he returned to Jerusalem and where he has been living ever since. Nir did his military service in the Kfir Brigade. During his international relations studies, Nir participated in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ international humanitarian law competition, and two years later coached the Hebrew University team in this competition. Additionally, Nir worked as a teaching assistant in Hebrew University Department of International Relations’ international law course. Nir is currently a member of the Israel Law Review editorial board and has been active in the Law Faculty’s clinic for the rights of persons with disabilities. Nir also works in legal firm which focuses on constitutional and administrative law, in addition to being a research assistant on labour law in the Faculty.

The Current Team 2013-2014

 

Coaches: Adv. Tal Mimran and Ori Pomson

 

    Gali Rosenstein

 

Gali is a second year student in the law and English literature program. Additionally, she is the deputy head of the Yerushalmiyot women's empowerment organisation and works in the Foreign Ministry's situation room. During her first year, Gali volunteered in the Yotzim Laderch ("Embarking") project, assisting former ultra-orthodox students. Gali served for five years as an officer and a first lieutenant commander in the Army Spokesperson unit, and later in the International Intelligence Cooperation unit. Gali previously volunteered for a year on behalf of the Scouts movement in the moshava of Yavniel and she also participated as a counsellor and in the movement's activities. She partook in a number of youth delegations to the United States on behalf of the Scouts, her school and the Tel Aviv municipality.

     
    Nitzan (Fisher) Conforti

 

Nitzan is a second year law student. Nitzan was born in Israel and lived in Los Angeles during her youth, where, in high school, she studied in a program for excellency in English literature and history. She began her army service in 2008, where she served in Army Radio and finished the Army Station journalists' course with excellence. During here four and a half years of service, Nitzan an international news correspondent and editor for Army Radio and she was also editor for the current affairs and news programs. She is married to Itamar.

     
    Nuphar Gafni

 

Nuphar is a second year law and business administration student at the Hebrew University. During high school, Nuphar was a councillor in Maccabi T'zair youth movement and was an active member of the Seeds of Peace organisation. Nuphar completed her army service as an officer in the Intelligence Corps and discharged as a 2nd lieutenant. As a student, Nuphar represented the Law Faculty in the annual Model United Nations in Szeged, Hungary and was awarded with the prize for the "best delegation" with her teammates. Nuphar also volunteered in a student project that supports and assists former ultra-orthodox students in their studies.

     
    Shai Luchtenstein 

 

Shai is a third year law student. He is 26 years of age and grew up in Ramat Hasharon. Shai served as an officer in a recon unit of the IDF armoured corps. During his university studies, he participated in the legal clinic for disability rights and in the European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) in The Hague. Shai also served as a tutor in the assistance program for students who are not fluent in Hebrew.

     
 

Tomer Treger

 

Tomer is a second year law and English literature student. In his youth, Tomer studied at the International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Later, Tomer continued to be more interested and active in international affairs and was involved in the Seeds of Peace organisation in the United States and the Tevel b'Tzedek ("The Earth – in Justice") organisation in Nepal. During his first year of studies, Tomer participated in the Hebrew University's Model United Nations program and represented it in competitions. He served for four years in an elite IDF combat unit. Tomer currently translates poetry and literary texts and volunteers in an organisation for empowering youth in east and west Jerusalem.

ICC

The International Criminal Court Competition


The International Criminal Court, as the first permanent institution set up to try alleged perpetrators of the most horrific crimes against humanity, has drawn much interest amongst lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Nowhere is this more appropriate than amongst the lawyers and policy makers of the future. Thus, theInternational Criminal Law Network (ICLN) has developed the ICC Trial Competition. While there exist a number of established moot court competitions, the ICC Trial Competition is unique in its direct focus on ICC proceedings and international criminal law. In 2011, the International Criminal Court also recognized the ICLN ICC Trial Competition as the only official English International Criminal Court moot court competition in the world. The competition gives a wide scope of advocacy in allowing students not only to take on the role of prosecutor or defence counsel, but also that of victims' counsel. The judges are established and highly respected practitioners in the field of international criminal law and are comprised of both lawyers and internationally renowned judges from the ICC and ICTY themselves.


The purpose of the ICC Trial Competition is threefold:

  1. To allow top law students worldwide to improve their knowledge of international criminal law in practice, and in particular, the ICC and its proceedings.
  2. To provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with world-famous institutions in The Hague such as the ICC, the ICTY, the OPCW, the International Court of Justice and the Peace Palace Library.
  3. To enhance knowledge about the Rome Statute within countries that have yet to ratify it, by providing the top legal minds of the future from both Member and non Member States an opportunity to learn more about the ICC.


For the 2013 edition, a record number of 37 teams will be participating, from 27 countries worldwide! The 6th edition of the ICLN ICC Trial Competition will take place from 21 until 26 April 2013 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The finals of the Competition will take place at the ICC and will be adjudicated by actual ICC Judges!

In April 2013, Faculty students will participate in the 6th edition of the ICLN ICC Trial Competition at The Hague. This will be the second year in which faculty students participate in this competition: last year's team included Adam Shahaf, who is the assistant coach for this year's team. The team begun working this summer, but accelerated the pace of its work once it received the problem case in early November. 



The Hebrew University Team
2012-2013
The team is coached by Dr. Rotem Giladi. Its participation in the Competition is sponsored by the Minerva Center for Human Rights, with the support of the Law Faculty and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

Yulia Kniazev
Yulia was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1987, and moved to Israel with her family in 1994. She grew up in Arad and studied at Ort Zimetbaum, Class of 2006. Yulia served in the IDF between the years 2006-2009 as an International Relations Officer. Currently, she is studying Llb Law and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Class of 2013. 



Eitan Kaplansky 
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, and moved to Israel with his family in 1999. Studied at Yeshivat Ner Tamid in Hashmonaim, Class of 2006. Currently studying law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LLB), Class of 2015. 



Sharon Aviram 
Sharon was born in 1987 in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated from Maccabim-Reut High School, Class of 2005. Sharon served in the IAF between the years 2005-2011 as an interceptor officer. Today, Sharon is a second year Law student in Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She is an alumnus of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship of 2012. 



Eitan Smith 
Born 1988 in Jerusalem. Studied at the Hebrew University Secondary School (leyada), Jerusalem, Class of 2006. Today studies at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in the Law& Business Management (M.A) Program, class of 2012. 

Links

Think Tanks

BESA Center for Strategic Studies (Bar-Ilan University)

www.biu.ac.il/Besa

Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace (Hebrew University)

www.truman.huji.ac.il

International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)

www.ict.org.il

Israel Democracy Institute

www.idi.org.il

Israel Policy Forum

www.israelpolicyforum.org

Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (Tel Aviv University)

www.tau.ac.il/jcss/

 

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

www.jcpa.org

Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs

www.jinsa.org

Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI)

www.jpppi.org.il

Leonard Davis Institute For International Relations

www.davis.huji.ac.il

Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

www.brookdale-en.pionet.com

Present Tense Institute for Creative Zionism

http://creativezionism.weebly.com

Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (T.A.U.)

www.tau.ac.il/peace

Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel

www.taubcenter.org.il

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

www.washingtoninstitute.org

Research on international law

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law

http://www.asil.org/resource/humrts1.htm#Section5

 

United Nations Treaty Collection

http://untreaty.un.org/

International Law Commission

http://www.un.org/law/ilc/

Electronic Information System for International Law

http://www.eisil.org/

European Society of International Law

http://www.esil-sedi.eu/english/

American Society of International Law

http://www.asil.org/

Harvard International Law Journal Online

http://www.harvardilj.org/

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

http://www.mpil.de/ww/en/pub/news.cfm

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge

http://www.lcil.cam.ac.uk/

Jean Monnet Program at NYU

http://www.jeanmonnetprogram.org/

Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU

http://www.iilj.org/

Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki

http://www.helsinki.fi/eci/

Jus Cogens: Recent Developments in International Law: http://www.juscogens.net/

Journals of international law

International Law Reporter

http://ilreports.blogspot.co.il/

 

Oxford Journals

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/subject/law/

 

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law

http://www.cjicl.org.uk/

 

Wiley- General and Introductory Law

http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-351021.html

 

Human Rights Review

http://link.springer.com/journal/12142

 

The International Journal of Human Rights

http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fjhr20

 

Kluwer Law Online journals

http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/index.php?area=Journals

Israel

Israel’s Supreme Court

http://www.court.gov.il/heb/home.htm

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa

President of Israel

http://www.president.gov.il/defaults/default_en.asp

Israal Government Portal:

http://www.gov.il/

Israel Defense Forces

http://dover.idf.il/

Bank of Israel

http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/

Israel's Ministry of Trade

http://www.moit.gov.il/

Israel's State Comptroller and Ombudsman

http://www.mevaker.gov.il/serve/site/english/index.asp

Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics

http://www.cbs.gov.il

Manufacterers Association of Israel

http://www.industry.org.il/

Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute

http://www.export.gov.il/

European Forum at the Hebrew University: Links to Government and Official Bodies and Research and Education in Israel

http://www.ef.huji.ac.il/ef/links/Israel.shtml

Economic law

World Trade Organization

http://www.wto.org

2012 WTO news

http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm

 

World Bank

http://www.worldbank.org

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

www.ictsd.org


International Development Research Centre

www.idrc.org


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

http://www.oecd.org

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

www.unctad.org


International Economic Law and Policy Blog

http://worldtradelaw.typepad.com/


Trade Law Center for Southern Africa

http://www.tralac.org/

ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group

http://www.asil.org/economiclaw/index.html

European Union

External Trade
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/

ישרדISERD 

http://www.iserd.org.il


האיגוד הישראלי ללימודי אירופה

www.biu.ac.il/soc/iasei

אתר הפורום האירופי של האוניברסיטה העברית

http://www.ef.huji.ac.il/

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: עלון היחסים העסקיים בין האיחוד האירופי לישראל

http://www.fes.org.il/hebrew/israel_eu.asp

European Law Blog

http://europeanlawblog.eu/?page_id=75

International Courts and tribunals

Project on International Courts and Tribunals

http://www.pict-pcti.org/

International Court of Justice

http://www.icj-cij.org/

International Criminal Court:

http://www.icc-cpi.int/

International Tribunal for Law of the Sea

http://www.itlos.org/

Permanent Court of Arbitration

http://www.pca-cpa.org/

European Court of Human Rights

http://www.echr.coe.int/echr/

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia:

http://www.un.org/icty/

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda:

http://www.ictr.org/

Special Court for Sierra Leone

http://www.sc-sl.org/

 

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia:

http://www.eccc.gov.kh/english/

 

Iraqi Special Tribunal

http://www.iraqispecialtribunal.org

Blogs on international law

International Law Reporter

http://ilreports.blogspot.co.il/

 

Lawfare

http://www.lawfareblog.com/

 

Opinio Juris

http://opiniojuris.org/

 

Legal Theory Blog

http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/

 

Kenneth Anderson Laws of War and Just War Theory:

http://kennethandersonlawofwar.blogspot.com/

 

IntLawGrrls:  Voices on international law, policy, practice:

http://intlawgrrls.blogspot.com/index.html

 

ECJ Blog

http://www.ecjblog.com/

 

EU Law and Politics

http://bloggingabouteulawandpolitics.blogspot.com/

 

EU Lawblog

http://eulawblogger.blogspot.com/

 

Georgetown International Law Blog:

http://explore.georgetown.edu/blogs/?BlogID=2

 

International Crimes Blog:

http://www.internationalcrimesblog.com/

 

International Environmental Law Blog:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/intlenvironment/

 

Comparative Law Blog

http://comparativelawblog.blogspot.com/

 

International Economic Law and Policy Blog

http://worldtradelaw.typepad.com/

International Humanitarian law

ALMA - Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law
http://www.alma-ihl.org/

Treaties and Customary Law

http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/treaties-customary-law/index.jsp

 

ICRC- What's new?

http://www.icrc.org/eng/home/whats-new/index.jsp

 

ICRC- Annual Report

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/annual-report/index.jsp

 

International Committee of the Red Cross:

http://www.icrc.org/

International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative

http://www.ihlresearch.org/ihl/

Human Rights Law

Human Rights Library

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/

Environmental Law

ASIL Guide to Environmental Law

http://www.asil.org/resource/env1.htm

Multilaterals Project, Fletcher School

http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html

Globelaw

http://www.globelaw.com

United Nations Environment  Programme

http://www.unep.org

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

http://www.cec.org

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

http://www.ipcc.ch

European Commission: Environment Directorate General

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/environment/index_en.htm

European Environment Agency

http://www.eea.europa.eu

European Environmental Law

http://www.eel.nl

OECD: Environment Directorate

http://www.oecd.org/department/0,3355,en_2649_33713_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

OAS: Sustainable Development and Environment

http://www.oas.org/dsd

UN: Division for Sustainable Development

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev

UN: Food and Agriculture Organization

http://www.fao.org

International Atomic Energy Agency

http://www.iaea.org

World Bank: Environment

http://go.worldbank.org/B28KB6VQQ0

World Meteorological Organization

http://www.wmo.ch

Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law

http://law.nus.edu.sg/apcel

Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library

http://www.law.pace.edu/environment/VEL.html

Greenpeace

http://www.greenpeace.org


International Organizations

United Nations

http://www.un.org

UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/News/

European Union

http://europa.eu.int

International Monetary Fund

www.imf.org

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC):

http://www.apecsec.org.sg

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN):

http://www.asean.or.id

Organization of American States -OAS: 

http://www.oas.org/

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org

World Health Organization

http://www.who.int

International Maritime Organization

http://www.imo.org

International Organizations

Italy's Diplomatic and Parliamentary Practice on International Law

Thanks

We thank the following funds: 


Dr. Emilio von Hofmannsthal Fund 

Hersch Lauterpacht Fund 

Bruce W. Wayne Chair Fund

Archive

Meetings' Program – 2nd Semester, 2015-2016

Topics

Speakers

Date

International Tribunals and Collective Memory

Prof. Moshe Hirsch

1.3.16

  New Directions in the Study of International Law:
Treaty Interpretation in International Law (Shereshevsky)
An Unlikely Hard Place: The Surprising Role of International Law in U.S. Regulatory Rulemaking (Megido)

Mr. Yahli Shereshevsky

Ms. Tamar Megido

15.3.16

Updates on Developments in International Law:

TBD

29.3.16

Evolution of Investment Law in the Context of State-Driven Change and Arbitral Responses

Prof. Wolfgang Alschner 

24.5.16

Paris Climate Change Agreement

Prof. Daniel Bodansky

31.5.16

TBD

 Prof. Jeffrey Dunoff

7.6.16

The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice

Prof. Maya Steinitz

14.6.16

 

Meetings' Program – Second Semester, 2014-2015

Topics

Lecturers

Date

ICJ case concerning the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia)

Prof. Andreas Zimmermann (University of Potsdam)

3/3/2015

The New Way of War: Is There a Duty to Use Drones?

 

Prof. Oren Gross 
(University of Minnesota)

18/3/2015

International Legal Theory and Psychology

Prof. Anne van-Aaken (University of St. Gallen)

14/4/2015

 

Resolution 242 Revisited: New Evidence on the Required Scope of Israeli Withdrawal

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich (Northwestern University)

28/4/2015

Lawyers in Warfare: Who Needs Them?

Dr.  Ziv Bohrer 
(Bar-Ilan University)

12/5/2015

WTO Panelists Are From Mars, ICSID Arbitrators Are From Venus: Why? And Does it Matter?

Prof. Joost Pauwelyn (Institute of International and Development Studies)

16/6/2015 (15:00)

TBA

Update meeting

23/6/2015

 

Meetings' Program – Second Semester, 2013-2014

Date

Speakers

Topics

18.2.14

Prof. Tomer Broude
Adv. Tal Mimran
Shany Friedmann

Updates on Recent Developments in International Law:
Decision Regarding Seals in the WTO
The Jones Judgment of the ECHR
Continental Shelf in the Arctic Ocean 

4.3.14

Prof. Yoram Haftel 

When Do States Renegotiate International Agreements? The Case of Bilateral Investment Treaties

18.3.14

Dr. Guy Harpaz

The EU's Insistence on Non-Extraterritorial Application of its Trade Agreements with Israel: A Paradigm Shift or PR Exercise?

29.4.14

Dr. Shai Dothan

Why Granting States a Margin of Appreciation Supports the Formation of a Genuine European Consensus

13.5.14

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich

State Practice on Economic Dealings With Occupied Territories

20.5.14

Prof. Robert Howse

Leo Strauss, Carl Schmitt and 'German Nihilism'

10.6.14

Dr. Tilmann Altwicker

What is Transnational Counter-Terrorism Law? – Prevention and Human Rights

17.6.14

Prof. Robbie Sabel, Dr. Yael Ronen, Yahli Shereshevsky

Updates on Recent Developments in International Law

 

Meetings' Program – 1st Semester, 2013-2014

Date

Speakers

Topics

22.10.13

Prof. Moshe Hirsch

Prof. Robbie Sabel – Humanitarian Intervention

Dr. Eitan Barak – Chemical Weapons

Dr. Gilad Noam – International Criminal Law

The Conflict in Syria: An International Law Perspective

29.10.13

Prof. Malcolm N. Shaw

Legality and Legitimacy in International Law (Will be held at Beit Maiersdorf, Romm 501)

5.11.13

Prof. Anne Peters

International Constitutional Law - Are we Moving towards Constitutionalization of the World Community?

12.11.13

Prof. Tomer Broude

Behavioral International Law

26.11.13

Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir

Dr. Rotem Giladi

The Status of Refugees in Israel – Past and Present

17.12.13

Prof. Dan Bodansky - Canceled

"The Who, What and Wherefore of Geoengineering Governance" (121 Climate Change 539)

24.12.13

Prof. Ruti Teitel

Transitional Justice and Judicial Activism – A Right to Accountability?

6.1.13

16:00-20:00 in Beit Meirsdorf, Mt. Scopus, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The Annual conference of the International Law Forum

14.1.14

Adv. Hile Echerman, Adv. Daniel Geron, Dr. Shai Dothan

Updates on Recent Developments in International Law

   

Meetings' Program – 2nd Semester, 2012-2013

Date

Speakers

Topics

23.4.13

Prof. Christoph Schreuer

Do We Really Need International Investment Arbitration

9.4.13

Prof. Dan Joyner

International Legal Issues relevant to Iran's Nuclear Program

5.3.13

The Turkel Report: Prof. Yuval Shany The Nature of Investigations: Dr. Michelle Lesh

The Nature of Investigations under International Law: Reflections on the Turkel Report and Beyond

9.4.13

Prof. Dan Joyner

International Legal Issues relevant to Iran's Nuclear Program

23.4.13

Prof. Christoph Schreuer

Do We Really Need International Investment Arbitration

30.4.13

Prof. Yuval Shany

Liron A. Libman

Alexandra Manea

Updates on Recent Developments in International Law

7.5.13

Prof. Eyal Benvenisti

The Contributions of National and International Courts to Domestic Democratic Processes

21.5.13

Prof. Asif Efrat

Combating the Kidney Commerce: Civil Society against Organ Trafficking in Pakistan and Israel

4.6.13

Marcia Harpaz

Assessing China's WTO Compliance after a Decade in the WTO

11.6.13

Prof. Marcelo Kohen

Uti Possidetis and Maritime Delimitations

18.6.13

Prof. Yuval Shany, Dean of the faculty
Dr. Gilad Noam
Ben Clarke

Updates on Recent Developments in International Law

 

Other Meetings and Conventions:

  • On November 5, 2013 Professor Anne Peters, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Heidelberg, discussed the topic "International Constitutional Law".
  • On October 29, 2013, Professor Malcolm Shaw, Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law, University of Leicester; and Senior Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge discussed the topic - "Legality and Legitimacy in International Law".
  • on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Prof. Marcelo Kohen, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, will discussed the topic "Uti Possidetis and Maritime Delimitations".
  • on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, Marcia Don Harpaz, discussed the topic "Assessing China's WTO Compliance after a Decade in the WTO".
  • on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Prof. Asif Efrat, from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, discussed his paper "Combating the Kidney Commerce: Civil Society against Organ Trafficking in Pakistan and Israel".
  • on Tuesday, 7 May 2013, Prof. Eyal Benvenisti discussed he's paper on the topic: Democracy Enhancing Courts: How National and International Courts Are Cooperating to Solve Global Democratic Dilemmas (coauthored with George W. Downs).
  •  On Tuesday, 30 April 2013, recent developments in International law were discussed:
  1. Prof. Yuval Shany, the Dean of the faculty, discussed the process of strengthening the human rights treaty bodies (as background reading material attached is the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the strengthening of treaty bodies. Please read the Introduction and sections 1 and 2 of the report).
  2. Liron A. Libman will discussed the new arms trade treaty (follow this link to a blog post by Liron on the subject).
  3. Alexandra Manea discussed the recent Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Catan and others v. Moldova and Russia.
  • On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Prof. Christoph Schreuer discussed the topic "Do We Really Need International Investment Arbitration?"
  • On Tuesday, April 9 2013, Prof. Dan Joyner presented the topic: "International Legal Issues relevant to Iran's Nuclear Program". 
  • On April 3rd 2013, at the Igal Arnon Law and History Workshop, Tel Aviv University Faculty of law, hosted Alan Nissen, for a presentation of his article- 
    The Turn to Technique in International Law.
     

 

Labour Law and Social Security Forum

The Labour Law and Social Security Forum is a research center dedicated to the fields of labour, employment, social security and welfare law. It serves as a basis and provides supportive framework for research, teaching and public discussion in these fields among scholars from various relevant disciplines, research students, judges, practitioners and activists. The Forum is a member of the Labour Law Research Network.

 

The activities of the Forum are supported by the Elias Lieberman Chair in Labor Law Fund.

 

The Forum organizes workshops, conferences and special lectures. Most of our events are conducted in Hebrew; the full details can be found on the Hebrew pages. Events held in English are also listed below. 

 

The Furom coordinator is Prof. Guy Davidov. To join our mailing list and receive updated on events, please write to Prof. Davidov.

 

Faculty members specializing in labour law:

Prof. Guy Davidov

Dr. Einat Albin

 

Additional lecturers:

Judge Steve Adler

Judge Varda Wirth Livne

Dr. Hani Ofek

Adv. David Lupo

 

Doctoral canadidates:

Sima Kramer

Tammy Katsabian

 

Events in English during the 2016/17 academic year:

16:30-18:00, room 119

 

Nov. 27, 2016

Dr. Arian Renan - Barzilay, Haifa University 

“Platform Inequality: Gender in the Gig Economy”

 

Dec. 11, 2016

Dr. Avishai Benish, Hebrew University

“Infusing Public Law into Privatized Welfare: Lawyers, Economists and the Competing Logics of Administrative Reform”

 

Dec. 18, 2016

Dr. Einat Albin, Hebrew University

“Marketplace Intimacy”

 

Jan. 1, 2017

Prof. Claudia Schubert, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Digitalization of the Working World and Crowdsourcing

 

Jan. 29, 2017

Dr. Pnina Alon-Shenker, Ryerson University, Canada

“The Aging Workforce in Canada”

 

Feb. 5, 2017, 16:00, The Belgium House, Edmond J. Safra Campus 

Symposium on Guy Davidov, A Purposive Approach to Labour Law (Oxford University Press 2016).

Opening remarks: Prof. Aharon Barak, formerly President of the Israeli Supreme Court. Discussants: Prof. Harry Arthurs (Osgoode Hall), Prof. Simon Deakin (Cambridge), Prof. Ruth Dukes (Glasgow), Prof. Guy Mundlak (Tel-Aviv), Dr. Einat Albin (Hebrew U). Reply: Prof. Guy Davidov (Hebrew U).

 

Conference on: Social Media And Workers’ Rights

May. 7, 2018, 10:45, Room 503, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem.

 

Law and Criminology in Cyberspace

Law and Society Workshop

The workshop will focus on current issues in the intersection of law and society, with a special emphasis on law, social work and social policy, discussing research papers or seminal works in this field. In addition, some meetings will be devoted to public and practice-related issues related to law and society in the public sector, the business sector, civil society and the legal system. 


Nine meetings will be held during the semester. In general, in each meeting an article will be presented by the author or by leading scholars in the field, followed by two or three responses by the workshop participants. Subsequently, the article will be discussed by all workshop participants. Participants are required to submit a short written response to the article (up to two pages) with respect to at least six of these articles. 

 

Workshop Spotlight

 

Workshop Spotlight: Law and Society

Our Law and Society Master Workshop had the distinct pleasure of having Supreme Court Justice, the honourable Daphne Barak-Erez, as a guest speaker. The workshop, conducted by Dr. Avishai Benish & Dr. Netta Barak-Corren, focuses on current issues in the intersection of law and society, with a special emphasis on law, social work and social policy, discussing research papers or seminal works in this field. In addition, it is also devoted to public and practice-related issues related to law and society in the public sector, the business sector, civil society and the legal system.

Justice Barak-Erez served as the Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights and the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Law, held the Stewart and Judy Colton Chair in Law and Security, and ultimately became Dean of the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Over the years she taught as Visiting Professor at various universities including the University of Toronto, Columbia Law School, and Stanford Law School. She also held numerous public positions, including Chairperson of the Israeli Association of Public Law, Member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel, and President of the Israeli Law and Society Association. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. She has been awarded several prizes, including the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (three times), the Zeltner Prize, the Heshin Prize, the Woman of the City Award (from the City of Tel Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (from the Israeli Bar). She is the author and editor of several books and many articles in Israel, England, Canada, and the United States. In May 2012 she was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.

At the workshop, Justice Barak-Erez discussed her article titled: "Putting Man at Center -The Place of a Man in Law" (translation from Hebrew). In it, She reviewes the tensions between principles of attributing rights and blames to an individual, as opposed to attributing it to groups, cooporations and sectors of society. As Barak-Erez suggests, the principle of judging an individual may seem fairly trivial in a liberal democracy, but following recents trends in Israeli Law, she stated that there is continued preoccupation in notions of the 'Public Interest' and in questions of 'group benifits', that should make us revisit questions where those collide.

The workshop's students got to debate Justice Barak-Erez for the majority of the seminar, as she answered questions and examined cases and issues related to the subject. 

workshop

Law, Economic and Empirical Legal Studies Workshop

The law and economics forum organizes the research and teaching activity in the faculty in the field of the economic analysis of law. The forum functions as an intellectual cross roads in which scholars from different fields including law, economics, psychology, philosophy, psychology and political science can meet and discuss their work. The activity of the forum includes, among other things, a workshop in which faculty members and students discuss current work in the field, and international conferences that deal with specific topics in depth. The forum supports several graduate students each year that dedicate their time to research.
 
The law and economics forum is supported by generous donations from:
  • The Milton Handler Foundation
  • The Avraham Herman Foundation
 
The faculty members who are actively engaged in the activity of the forum are: 

Law and Economics Workshop Meetings

Wednesday 16:30-18:00, Room 357

Workshop coordinator: Dr. Adi Leibovitch.

 24 October, 2018, Prof. Michal Barzuza, University of Virginia, "Long Term Bias"

 31 October, 2018, Dr. Tal Jonathan-Zamir, Hebrew University, "The Proclivity to Rely on Professional Experience and Evidence-Based Policing: Findings from a Survey of High-Ranking Officers in the Israel National Police"

 7 November, 2018, Prof. Bernard Black, Northwestern University, "The Deterrent Effect of Tort Law: Evidence from Medical Malpractice Reform"

 14 Novermber, 2018, Prof. Avi Bell, Bar-Ilan University,  "A SALVAGE RIGHT IN PROPERTY"

 21 November, 2018, Adv. Nevine Emmanuel, Haifa university, "PUNISHMENT AS PRIZE: THE CASE OF CONDITIONAL IMPRISONMENT"

 28 November, 2018, Prof. Ariel Porat, Tel-Aviv University, "Inducing Negligence"

 5 December, 2018, Prof. John Rappaport, University of Chicago, “Is Police Behavior Getting Worse? The Importance of Data in Measuring Police Conduct”

 12 December, 2018, Prof. Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis., "Taming Uncivil Discourse"

 19 December, 2018, Prof. Nuno Garoupa, George Mason University, "Drawing the Legal Family Tree: An Empirical Comparative Study of 108 Property Doctrines in 154 Jurisdictions"

 26 December, 2018, Prof. Gideon Parchomovsky, Hebrew University, "Third Party Moral Hazard"

 2 January, 2019, Prof. Kate Litvak, Northwestern University,  "When Assets Go Home at Night: The Effect of Labor Mobility on Firms’ Financial Decisions"  

 9 January, 2019, Prof. Marc Thommen, University of Zurich

 
Links

Law and Philosophy Forum

The Law and Philosophy Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem facilitates intellectual interaction between faculty members and students in various academic units within the university whose academic interests lie in the areas where philosophy and legal scholarship intersect.


The members of the forum include faculty members from the Faculty of Law, the Philosophy Department (in the Faculty of the Humanities) and the Political Science Department (in the Faculty of Social Sciences). The forum collaborates on a regular basis with the Centre for Ethics and Political Philosophy (at the Philosophy Department) and the Jerusalem Forum for Political Philosophy (at the Political Science Department). Together, the group of the Forum members comprises a research force of the highest quality, by international as well as Israeli standards.


Forum Members (at the Faculty of Law): David Enoch; Leora Dahan Katz; Dana Gur; Alon Harel; Ori Herstein; Ofer Malcai; Ram Rivlin; Re'em Segev.


The activity of the Forum includes conferences, workshops and courses. Previous guests in these academic events include: Vincent Chiao, Julia Driver, Antony Duff, Liz Emens, David Estlund, Barbara Herman, John Finnis, Chaim Gans, John Gardner, Ruth Gavison, James Griffin, Scott Hershovitz, Iwao Hirose, Douglas Husak, Richard Kraut, Will Kymlicaka, Rae Langton, Judith Lichtenberg, Elinor Mason, Jeff McMahan, John Mikhail, Michael Otsuka, Japa Pallikkathayil, David Plunkett, Joseph Raz, Daniel Statman, Saul Smilansky, Andrew Sepielli, Holy Smith, Victor Tadros, Larry Temkin, Ruth Weinraub, Gideon Yaffe, and Michael Zimmerman.


The forum allocates the Law & Philosophy Prize for excellent papers written by students in the area of philosophy and law.

 

The Forum benefits from the generous support of the Greene Foundation.

Meetings' Program 2018-2019

Date

Guest

Paper

24.10

Oded Naaman 

The Rationality of Emotional Change

31.10

Aaron Elliott

Liberty and a Rawlsian Ethos of Justice

7.11

Marc Fleurbaey 

Inequalities, Social Justice and the Web of Social Interactions

14.11

Claire Benn

Artificial Moral Agency, Supererogation and Slave Ethics

21.11

Leora Dahan Katz

The Retributive Authority of the State: A Web of Duties Approach

28.11

The Meeting Will Take Place at 16:30 in Room 4326, Faculty of Social Sciences

Hanna Lerner, Yossi Dahan & Faina Milman

Shared Responsibility and Labor Rights in Global Supply Chains

5.12

Arnon Keren & Ori Lev

 

Autonomy, Ignorance and Informed Consent

 

12.12

Preston Werner

A Limited Defense of Spoiler Voting 

19.12

Tammy Harel Ben Shahar

Positional Goods & Multidimensional Contextualism

26.12

Daniel Statman 

מדוע פעולה המיטיבה עם אדם לא יכולה להפלות אותו: בזכות פרשנות מצמצמת של המושג הפליה

2.1

The Meeting Will Take Place at 16:30 in Room 4326, Faculty of Social Sciences

Shmuel Nili

Unconditional Commitments, Integrity and the Polity

9.1

Saul Smilansky

Should We Sacrifice the Utilitarian First?

16.1

cancelled

Chaim Gans

שני מושגים של ציונות

 

Donors

Israel B. Greene was a man totally dedicated to the law in all its aspects.  He was first and foremost an outstanding legal scholar and lecturer in law, primarily in the field of Equity, which was his professional passion.


The Fund for Equity Studies is a singular memorial to Israel B. Greene and Sara Mann Greene, supporting the Law and Philosophy Forum, providing scholarships and fellowships for promising young scholars, enriching the Law Library, and supporting a publications program. It enhances the work being done at the Hebrew University in a field that is fundamental to the idea of Justice.

Public Law Forum

The Public Law Forum is a research center in the fields of constitutional law and administrative law for researchers and students of the faculty. The activity of the forum includes conferences and workshops as well as financial support for students.

For details about the Forum please write to Barak Medina or to Yoav Dotan.

   

Forum Members

  • Dr. Margit Cohn
  • Prof. Yoav Dotan
  • Prof. Michael Karayanni
  • Prof. Barak Medina
  • Ronen Polliack
  • Prof. Yuval Shani
  • Prof. Shimon Shetreet
  • Dr. Keren Weinshall-Margel

 

PUBLIC LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH WORKSHOP, SEMESTER 2, 2017 - Click here

 

Public Law and Human Rights Research Workshop

 

Public Law and Human Rights Research Workshop, Semester 2, 2019

Convenor: Dr. Omri Ben-Zvi

Wednesdays, 18:30-20:00, Room 119

Week

Date

Speaker

Institution

Topic

1

13.3.2019

Prof. Yoav Dotan

Hebrew University

Between the Agency and the Court: Ex Ante Review of Regulations

2

20.3.2019

Prof. Alon Harel

Hebrew University

A Defense of Non-Representational Constitutionalism

3

27.3.2019

Dr. Meital Pinto

Ono Academic College

Gender Parity in the Religious and Political Sphere of Israel

4

3.4.2019

Dr. Yaniv Roznai

IDC Herzliya

Internally Imposed Constitutions

5

10.4.2019

Prof. Rene Urueña

Los Andes University, Colombia

Double or Nothing? The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in an Increasingly Adverse Context

6

15.5.2019

Prof. Mario Perini

University of Siena

 

7

21.5.2019

Room 365 at 14:30

Prof. Lech Garlicki

University of Warsaw (formally ECHR)

Sexual Orientation and Fundamental Rights

8

29.5.2019

Prof. David Landau

Florida State University

Abusive Judicial Review: Courts Against Democracy

9

5.6.2019

Dr. Netta Barak-Corren

Hebrew University

 

10

12.6.2019

Dr. Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar

University of Haifa

Higher Education: Too Much of a Potentially Good Thing?

11

19.6.2019

Prof. Iddo Porat

College of Law & Business

Towering Figure Judges

12

26.6.2019

Dr. Shai Stern

Bar-Ilan University

Spatial Segregation 4.0

 

 

 

 

Private and Commercial Law Workshop

Date: Semester 2, Monday, Monday, 14:30-16:00, Room 119.

Workshop coordinator: Prof. Eyal Zamir
Contact: Tel: (02) 02-5823845, (s) 0524-510121;
 

General Description

The Faculty’s Private and commercial Law workshop focuses on research in these areas. In each meeting, a draft article or book chapter will be presented by its author, followed by  an extended Q&A session. The papers offer a broad array of perspectives on private and commercial legal issues, including doctrinal, comparative, historical, and interdisciplinary (such as economic, psychological, and feminist).

 

Private and Commercial Law Workshop Meetings

11.3 – Opening meeting

18.3 – Gideon Parchomovsky –Third Party Moral Hazard (with Peter Siegelman) 

25.3 – Tom Baker – The Rise of Insurance Runoff:  Uncertainty Sinks for the Insurance Business

1.4 – Roy Shapira – Mandatory Arbitration and the Market for Reputation

8.4 – Celia Fassberg – The Public in Private International Law

15.4 – Moran Ofir – Piercing the Corporate Veil: Some Misfits between Theory and Practice

29.4 – Katya Assaf – Work, Identity, and the Regulation of Markets: A Study of Trademark Law in the U.S. and Germany (with Lisa Herzog)

6.5 – Adi Libzon – All-in: Tax Benefits for Corporate Governance Engagements" (with Gideon Parchomovsky)

13.5 – Amir Licht – Shareholdersand Stakeholders around the World: The Role of Values, Culture, and Law in Directors’ Decisions (with Renee Adams)

20.5 – אדם חפרי – The Statutory Liberalization of Trust Law: its Distribution in Time and Space across 140 Jurisdictions

27.5 – Michal Shur-Ofry –Collective Action and Social Contagion: Community Gardens as a Case Study (with Ofer Malcai)

10.6 – Benny Porat  –  שומת נזקי גוף: היבטים חלוקתיים

24.6 – Shahar Dillbary – Multiple Causes, Stacked Inferences and Hidden Contracts

 

 

 

Tax Law Forum

The Israeli Private Law Association

The Israeli Private Law Association was established in 2009 as a framework for inter-institutional collaboration. The Association serves as a framework for nurturing academic discourse between scholars and graduate students who share interest in studying the various fields that are clustered under the broad title of private law.  


   
The Association usually holds two annual events: Annual Academic Meeting and Annual Public Conference. 
In 2015, the academic conference was held on April 29, 2015, at the Haim Striks School of Law, the College of Management - Academic Studies.


   
The Association was founded by Professor Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Chair; Professor Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv University), and Professor Shahar Lifshitz (Bar Ilan University).


   
The organizing committee for the 2016 Conference is Professor Gideon Parchomovsky (Bar Ilan University), Chair; Professor Shelly Kreiczer Levy (College of Law and Business), and Professor Amir Licht (IDC Herzliya).


   
To join the Association and for further details, please contact the Secretary of the Association, Dr. Ronit Levine-Schnur at ronit.levine@mail.huji.ac.il