June 30 - July 28, 2013
Registration & Dorm Check In: June 27, 2013
Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 29, 2013
Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3
Tuition: US$1,500 | Housing: US$720
Class schedule: Mon, Tue, Wed 16:45-19:45
Concepts in the international legal system are examined, with specific reference to Israel where relevant. While the course is geared toward students in the social sciences, it is structured in a manner that is suitable for students from all disciplines with an interest in international law and Israel. The issues examined help to address common problems confronting Israel in the eyes of the international legal framework. The course includes field trips and guest lectures in order to bring home some of the issues and allow for further engagement and understanding.
Topic I: Public International Law – An Overview
The key here is to understand the sources of public international law. Consideration will be given to the universal nature of international law and to the nature of obligations within the international legal framework. Think about the meaning of obligation and whether there is a necessity for “law” here.
Topic II: International Law and International Relations
Consider the manner in which international law affects international relations and how the two can or cannot conform. The idea of power will be discussed, with a view towards understanding the broader relations affecting Israel.
Topic III: The United Nations and its International Role
The lecture will address the history leading up to the UN and how it has played a role in Israel.
Topic IV: Dealing with Disputes
Addressing disputes is obviously an important factor in international law. Consider the various ways in which states attempt to settle disputes (negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration). Are they effective? What about assistance from third parties? What damage can they cause and why? We will examine and assess proposals for addressing issues relevant to Israel, as developed in the international sector.
Topic V: The Use of Force
We will analyze the classic approaches to the use of force and trace the development up until the UN period. We will then consider the UN provisions on this matter and whether they actually reflect customary international law. This will also comprise an analysis of the status of Jerusalem before and after 1967.
Topic VI: International Human Rights
We will consider the role of human rights within the international law framework and the impact it can have on issues concerning Israel.
Topic VII: The Significance of Culture in the International Framework
We will examine the role of the right to culture and how it can interplay with issues regarding Israel and the holy places.
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