International Law Forum

What is the International Law Forum?

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


What are the Forums' Goals?

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


Forum Activities

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

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

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


Meetings' Program 2021-2022

The meetings of the International Law Forum in the coming semester will take place on Mondays, at 13:00except the first meeting which will be on Wednesday (together with the Cyber workshop).

Reading materials will be distributed in advance prior to each meeting, as well as the link for the session. 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:

Date Speakers


1st Semester



Introduction Session 



Prof. Yuval Shany & Prof. Amichai Cohen


The Switch: Israel’s High Court of Justice Transition from Occupation Law to Human Rights Law



Updates on Developments in International Law


Prof. Veronika Fikfak

TBA (via Zoom)



Prof. Eyal Benvenisti




Prof. Freya Baetens

TBA (via Zoom)



Dr. Tamar Megiddo


Obscurity and Non-Bindingness in Regulation of Labor Migration




Year in Review- 2021


Prof. Neha Jain

Statelessness in international law

(via Zoom)

2st Semester


Prof. Simon Chesterman

We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law


Prof. Sharon Weill

The transformation of the terror trial in the era of transnational jihadism: What can we learn from the French Bataclan trial for the prosecution of mass crimes?


A/Prof. Shiri Krebs

Through the Drone Looking Glass: Visualization Technologies and Military Decision-Making


Prof. Malcolm Shaw

The ICJ decision in the Somalia v Kenya maritime dispute


Prof. Philippa Webb

Infodemic: State Practice and International Standards in the Age of Misinformation


Prof. Yaël Ronen

How WEST Jerusalem became Israeli sovereign territory


Prof. Robbie Sabel

Book presentation: International Law and the Arab Israeli Conflict (Robbie Sabel, Cambridge University Press 2022)



Updates on Developments in 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