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 2017-2018

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


24/10/2017 Prof. Malcolm N. Shaw

Opening Session:

Some Thoughts on the Croatia-Slovenia Arbitration Award


Adv. Hila Zur

Adv. Nimrod Karin

Dr. Avinoam Cohen

Updates on Developments in International Law:

* Heads of State Immunity in the International Criminal Court: the Pre-Trial Chamber's Decision on South Africa's Non-Cooperation

* Selling & Sobbing? Recent Challenges to Western Governments' Arms Export to Certain Countries

* Decision of the Israel Supreme Court relating deportation or asylum seekers to third States

21/11/2017 Ms. Dana Gur

If Morality says it's OK, Law should say so too

5/12/2017 Prof. Noam Lubell

Ius ad Bellum Proportionality and its Regulatory Role During Armed Conflict

19/12/2017 TBA

Updates on Developments in International Law

9/1/2018 Prof. Sergio Puig

International Economic Law and Indigenous Rights

16/1/2018 Prof. Mikael Rask Madsen

Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe?

2st Semester


Prof. Eric Posner

Liberal Internationalism and the Populist Backlash


Prof. Arlene Kanter

Do Human Rights Treaties Make a Difference: The Case of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities



Updates on Developments in International Law:



Prof. Aeyal Gross

Commentator: Prof. Yaël Ronen

Book launch:
The Writing on the Wall: Rethinking the International Law of Occupation



Dr. Marcia Harpaz

Ms. Hadas Peled

Prof. Tomer Broude

Innovation as a Catalyst in the China-Israel Investment Relationship:
The China-Israel BIT (2009) and the Prospective FTA


Adv. Omer Aloni

The League of Nations and its Relevance to Current International Law Studies


Prof. Piotr Uhma

The Principle of Non-Intervention in Contemporary International Law


We 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